The GMGI Gloucester Biotechnology Academy recently celebrated their expanded space with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Guests at the ceremony included Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy and Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante.
The space was made possible with funding from a Massachusetts Workforce Skills Capital Grant which was matched in contributions from industry and private donors. The expanded 3,200 sf space enables the Academy to double its annual class size to 40 students and has allowed them to add biomanufacturing to their curriculum, opening up more options for Academy graduates while also meeting the growing demand for a workforce to meet the needs of the biotech industry in Massachusetts.
This exciting project expands upon the first Academy teaching lab, which we completed in 2015. The new space features an open-concept classroom, a state-of-the-art biomanufacturing laboratory, an instrument room and additional office and storage space.