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Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation Inc.

 300 Technology Square, Eighth Floor
 Cambridge, MA 02139
[P] (617) 674-5100
[F] (617) 674-5101
Megan Schulz
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EIN 22-3799632

LAST UPDATED: 09/08/2017
Organization DBA MassBioEd Foundation
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes



Mission StatementMORE »

MassBioEd engages teachers, inspires students, and guides the life sciences workforce. Our BioTeach program supports Massachusetts teachers as they work to engage students through lab-centered, inquiry-based learning. Our Job Trends initiative identifies workforce needs and illuminates the pathway from the classroom to careers in the life sciences.

Mission Statement

MassBioEd engages teachers, inspires students, and guides the life sciences workforce. Our BioTeach program supports Massachusetts teachers as they work to engage students through lab-centered, inquiry-based learning. Our Job Trends initiative identifies workforce needs and illuminates the pathway from the classroom to careers in the life sciences.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $1,346,211.00
Projected Expense $1,342,727.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • BioTeach
  • Corporate Professional Development
  • Massachusetts Life Sciences Education Consortium
  • Post-doctorate Industry Exploration Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Mission Statement

MassBioEd engages teachers, inspires students, and guides the life sciences workforce. Our BioTeach program supports Massachusetts teachers as they work to engage students through lab-centered, inquiry-based learning. Our Job Trends initiative identifies workforce needs and illuminates the pathway from the classroom to careers in the life sciences.

Background Statement

MassBioEd Foundation was founded in 2001 by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, an association of roughly 700 biotechnology-affiliated organizations. The purpose of creating this new entity was to promote biotechnology education at all levels of society within Massachusetts. A major focus of MassBioEd’s work is in schools, colleges, and the workplace.

Impact Statement

Our flagship program, BioTeach, strives to deepen the ability of public high school teachers to more fully engage students through lab-centered, inquiry-based instructional techniques. BioTeach provides high school teachers lab equipment and teaching materials that are combined with intensive teacher professional development and on-site mentoring that incorporates innovative curriculum. Through BioTeach and its associated programs, such as company-hosted Career Exploration Days for students, MassBioEd provides training and mentorship to more than 150 teachers and authentic lab experiences to an additional 10,400 students each year!

MassBioEd is also a leading provider of life sciences job trend analysis. Our goal is to provide an understanding of the industry's workforce needs and the skills an dcore competencies required to fill high trending jobs. Our goal is to demystify the pathway from the classroom to careers in the life sciences.

Needs Statement

Top 5 pressing needs:
#1 Appropriate funding to link grants to schools for biotechnology equipment and teacher professional development. Approximately 50% of Massachusetts high schools do not have the means to conduct biotechnology labs.
#2 Appropriate employment gap analysis that could drive workforce development efforts
#3 Adequate support from corporations to support community college interns
#4 Collaborative efforts of workforce, economic development, education systems to respond to employment needs
#5 Analysis of knowledge and skills needed to fill employment gaps

CEO Statement

MassBioEd Foundation is uniquely positioned to play a leadership role in advocating and initiating programs that will increase the number of students interested and capable of pursuing science careers. The Foundation’s relationship with MassBio, the states leading business association for life science companies, provides access to resources and knowledge critical to guiding academic institutions curricula and experiential learning programs.

Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served


Organization Categories

  1. Education - Secondary & High Schools
  2. Science & Technology - Biological, Life Science Research
  3. Science & Technology - General Science

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)




BioTeach is the flagship program of MassBioEd Foundation. It is an ambitious multi-year science education program designed to support biotechnology instruction and career awareness activities. The program provides students with the opportunity to experience science in the making by supporting schools with research equipment, teacher professional development, and a connection with a professional network of scientists. The goal of the program is to enable every public high school in Massachusetts to teach biotechnology and engage high school students with hands-on lab experiences that inspire scientific curiosity, understanding, and for some, a career in the life sciences.

Budget  $400,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) College Aged (18-26 years) Adults
Program Short-Term Success 
The BioTeach Program helps science teachers substantially increase their knowledge of biotechnology content and instruction. Teachers gain invaluable skills in doing lab work, using the equipment, and interpreting the results, which in turn improves the quality of teaching and learning in their classrooms. BioTeach teachers report that the program has a clear impact on their students; it increases students' interest in and awareness of biotechnology and significantly improves their understanding of real world uses of science, among other benefits.
Program Long-Term Success 
Since the program was launched in 2005, the BioTeach Program has raised and distributed over $6,000,000 in equipment, supplies, and services to support secondary science education in Massachusetts. From 2005 to 2013, BioTeach has worked with 185 public high schools across the state, training more than 600 science teachers and touching over 30,000 students. 
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success 
In 2011, the Governor's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Advisory Council recognized BioTeach as one of the six premier @Scale STEM education initiatives in Massachusetts. @Scale is a strategic initiative to focus public and private resources in support of an integrated portfolio of education enhancement projects aligned to achieve the goals of the Commonwealth’s STEM Plan. 

Corporate Professional Development

MassBioEd's Corporate Professional Development (CPD) is a revenue generating entity within the MassBioEd Foundation that provides professional development training and continuing education for employees of MassBio member companies. Courses are taught by industry experts, and offer a wide variety of technical training, skill building and general knowledge based courses. Revenues raised by the CPD cover overhead costs and fees to instructors, and help fund other MassBioEd Foundation projects. The CPD offers MassBio member, non-member and non-profit rates for participants. The creation of a non-profit rate has allowed us to reach disease foundations, advocacy groups, and others who might not otherwise be able to afford the courses.

Budget  $276,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Adults College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
Every CPD course is listed on the State’s Workforce Training Express Fund website. This allows for the majority of MassBio member companies with 50 or fewer employees who complete the requisite paperwork to receive up to 50% reimbursement for the cost of training. In addition, Biotechnology Project Management is offered through the state's Direct Access program, which allows employees to attend the course at no cost and is primarily focused on companies with less than 100 employees.
Program Long-Term Success 


Since its founding, the CPD has trained over 2,000 employees, helping MassBio member companies meet their workforce training needs. For example, courses such as "Biotechnology Project Management" offer 21 Professional Development Units (PDUs) of continuing education from the Project Management Institute that allows Project Managers to keep their certifications current. Another example is "Biotech 101" that introduces non-scientists to the life sciences industry in a two-day intensive program that reviews biology concepts, DNA, Proteins and RNA. Day two encompasses drug development and clinical trials.  Member companies send their new hires from marketing, legal, and finance to learn the about the players, the process, and the terminology.  


Program Success Monitored By  Evaluations are distributed, aggregated and analyzed following the end of each course. Data, including remarks and feedback are compiled on the course itself, as well as the instructor to assess any changes that are needed to be made in the upcoming course(s).
Examples of Program Success 

Since 2011, the Business Development module explains the business side of science; how to go “from the lab to an IPO”. A number of postdoctoral students working in labs and looking to make the transition to industry have taken this course as a way to better understand the industry. Many of the start-up and smaller companies have taken this course valuation of their product.

Massachusetts Life Sciences Education Consortium

MassBioEd  Foundation is building bridges between life sciences companies and educational institutions to better prepare our current and future biotech and biopharma workforce. Since 2010, the Foundation has led efforts to align community college programs with emerging industry needs.

The goal of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Education Consortium (MLSEC) is to promote a coordinated approach to the development of the Massachusetts life sciences workforce by partnering the life sciences industry and higher education.

The MLSEC's prime objectives are to:

·        Validate, guide, and review the relevance of programs and curricula intended to prepare students for careers in the life sciences.

·        Endorse higher education/industry talent development best practices or government programs aimed at supporting talent development.

·        Advocate for initiatives that will enhance the ability of Massachusetts to meet the future employment needs of the industry.

·        Connect the industry and higher education through an effective communications strategy.

Budget  $65,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Curriculum Development
Population Served College Aged (18-26 years) Adults Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 


The short-term success of this program is demonstrated by the changes with the community college’s faculty and administration desire to be responsive to the life sciences sector's identified employment needs. The program created the first industry endorsement of community colleges based on core competencies developed by colleges and vetted by industry. This endorsement raised the profile of colleges and helped to educate industry about the ability of community college graduates.

Other short-term success will be further analysis of the sectors employment demand with reporting to both the industry and the academic sectors. Following this report, efforts will be established to address Bachelor's Degree programs and how to enhance graduates preparation for sector jobs at this academic level.


Program Long-Term Success 

The long-term success of this program will be to create a balance between the life sciences workforce demand and the state’s ability to supply workers to meet that demand. To accomplish this goal, there needs to be ongoing work to assess the life sciences workforce trends both in number of jobs and knowledge and skills necessary to successfully fill jobs. Once this information is obtained, there needs to be deep and meaningful communication with leaders in academia to structure educational programs to align with this sector’s needs.

Tracking can be accomplished from the industry side by analyzing the number of job postings and the length of time these openings exist. It is also possible to gather information from colleges about placement rates for certain programs focused on life sciences.

Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success 

One of the methods of measuring success of this program is to assess the support the program has received by The Boston Foundation, corporate supporters, and the Massachusetts Community College and Workforce Development Transformation Agenda (MCCWDTA). These organizations see the value of the work and we are encouraged by their financial and programmatic support.

Another example of the program’s success is the participation of college faculty in the monthly meetings to develop professional development workshops and provide peer support to enhance curricula to meet industry needs.

Finally, there are indications that academic institutions are using workforce demand data and corporate designated knowledge and skills to develop curricula relevant to the life sciences sector. 

Post-doctorate Industry Exploration Program

The Industry Exploration Program (IEP) is a partnership between MassBioEd Foundation, Boston University School of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Massachusetts General Hospital. The program was designed to strengthen ties between academia and industry, and raise the visibility of the vibrant biotech industry among early-stage academics. Its goal is to give postdoctoral fellows working in the Boston area the opportunity to explore careers outside of academia and to understand the kind of skills necessary to transition from academic science to the biotechnology sector. 

Budget  $6,000.00
Category  Science & Technology, General/Other Biological & Life Sciences
Population Served Adults College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

By the end of 2012, over 80 postdoctoral fellows experienced a day in the life at a biotech company. 78% of participants showed an increased interest in the companies they visited. Postdoctoral fellows and industry workers have established relationships that extend beyond the IEP. Participating companies have an increased visibility by word of mouth established from their involvement in the program.

Program Long-Term Success  The IEP program is essential for the young scientific community in order to encourage this talented, skilled workforce to remain here in Massachusetts, especially since the percentage of recent doctorate holders hired into full-time positions has decreased significantly from 42% to 29% according to the National Science Foundation Division of Science Resource Statistics.
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success 

Eight participants have secured positions at local biotech companies through this program through June 2012.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Mr. Peter Abair
CEO Term Start July 2015
CEO Email
CEO Experience


Peter Abair is Executive Director of the MassBioEd Foundation. He leads a committed group of educators and professionals committed to delivering best-in-class educational programs in biotechnology and guiding tomorrow’s life sciences workforce. He is the past Director of Economic and Global Affairs at MassBio, where he provided consulting services to companies looking to locate to or grow in Massachusetts, managed MassBio's global partners programs, and led the development and publication of MassBio's annual economic analysis of the life sciences industry. Prior to joining MassBio, he served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in several economic development functions including Director of the Massachusetts Department of Economic Development, Massachusetts Office of Business Development, and Associate Director of the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development. He also served as Director for Government Affairs and Parent Information at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education. He has served in the administrations of four governors and began his career on the Washington, D.C. staff of the late Congressman Silvio O. Conte. Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and International Relations from Boston University and a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. A native of Pittsfield, MA, he now resides with his family in Sudbury, where he serves on several local boards.


Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Lance Hartford Oct 2006 Jan 2015

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Dr. Michelle Mischke Director of Biotechnology Education Programs Michelle joined the MassBioEd team in March 2014 as the Director of Biotechnology Education Programs. She comes to the organization with extensive research, teaching, and administrative experience. She taught a range of undergraduate biology courses at MIT and was a course coordinator and content developer for 7.00x, the first large online biology course offered by edX. While at MIT, she was involved in K-12 science outreach and education programs. Michelle holds a B.A. in both Biology and Chemistry from Colorado State University and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Prior to joining the Department of Biology at MIT, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. Michelle joined MassBioEd to refocus on K-12 STEM education and to work with teachers to improve science literacy and encourage student interest in the life sciences and biotechnology.


Award Awarding Organization Year
@scale recognition Massachusetts STEM Council 2012


Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 5
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 0
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 5
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Ms. Renee Connolly
Board Chair Company Affiliation Head of Communications at MilliporeSigma
Board Chair Term Jan 2016 - Dec 2018
Board Co-Chair Mr. Christopher Murphy
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Chief Manufacturing Officer at Brammer Bio
Board Co-Chair Term Jan 2017 - Dec 2019

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Stacie Sawchak Aarestad Partner at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP Exofficio
Dr. Joan Abrams Cambridge Rindge and Latin School Voting
Lauren Celano Propel Careers Voting
William F. Ciambrone Senior Vice President of Technical Operations at Shire Human Genetic Therapies Voting
Renee Connolly Vice President, US Communications at EMD Serono Exofficio
Robert K. Coughlin President and CEO of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council Voting
Colleen DeSimone Senior Director and Controller at Millennium Pharmaceuticals Exofficio
Debbie Durso-Bumpus Blueprint Medicines Voting
Robert Gottlieb RMG Associates Voting
Dr. John F. Hodgman Professor at Tufts Gordon Institute Voting
Melissa Manganello Boston Medical Center Voting
Christopher Murphy Brammer Bio Exofficio
Dr. Sridaran Natesan Associate Vice-President at Sanofi-Aventis Voting
Dr. David Reif AstraZeneca Voting
Dr. Steven Richter President, CEO and Scientific Director at MicroTest Laboratories Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 14
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 6
Male: 7
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 25%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $1,339,980 $1,265,272 $1,359,924
Total Expenses $1,178,589 $1,302,521 $1,384,935

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $216,431 $117,399 $287,146
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $216,431 $117,399 $287,146
Individual Contributions $741,374 $751,806 $601,739
Indirect Public Support -- $0 --
Earned Revenue $232,930 $214,070 $292,215
Investment Income, Net of Losses $4,670 $4,442 $4,316
Membership Dues -- $0 --
Special Events $144,575 $177,555 $174,508
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- $7,000 --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $889,214 $927,857 $1,126,507
Administration Expense $272,257 $355,860 $236,182
Fundraising Expense $17,118 $18,804 $22,246
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.14 0.97 0.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses 75% 71% 81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 2% 2% 2%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $1,688,228 $1,640,726 $1,604,585
Current Assets $1,680,541 $1,609,095 $1,552,218
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $165,951 $279,840 $206,450
Total Net Assets $1,522,277 $1,360,886 $1,398,135

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 10.13 5.75 7.52

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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