Sen. Lesser Joins Baystate Officials for Announcement of $3.9M Life Sciences Grant to Create Clinical Trials Unit

SPRINGFIELD — Senator Eric P. Lesser joined officials at UMass Medical School, located on the Baystate Health Campus, on Monday for the announcement of a $3.9 million grant Baystate received to create a new clinical trials unit.

Baystate received the grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center after submitting a project proposal for the construction of a clinical trials unit at Baystate Medical Center and a satellite unit at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield.

The grant funds the full cost of the project, which will also work with local community colleges to develop internships and programs to ensure a trained workforce in clinical research.

Last year, Sen. Lesser worked to pass the Mass Life Sciences Bill, a major investment in grants like these, as Chairman of the Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.

“This grant will expand local capacity to perform clinical trials of new innovations in digital health and medical devices, which means more jobs right here in Springfield. We know that Massachusetts is a national leader in the health sciences, and Western Mass is no exception, with new research happening at places like UMass-Amherst, and advances in treatment happening regularly at Baystate Medical Center — which makes this new partnership so exciting. This will benefit the entire Massachusetts life sciences system and keep Western Mass on the map in this critical and growing field,” said Sen. Eric Lesser.

The Mass Life Sciences Bill, signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker, extended the state’s life sciences tax incentive program for another ten years, directed millions of dollars in grants to community colleges and vocational schools to increase employment opportunities, and authorized spending on initiatives to promote regional efforts to advance innovations in bio-manufacturing. The bill was based on the $1 billion, ten-year initiative launched by Gov. Deval Patrick in 2007.



Eric Lesser