WPI Completes a New Home for Life Sciences Research and Development
Two years after breaking ground, faculty from several departments moved this spring into their new home at the WPI Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center at Gateway Park, a premier facility promoting collaboration and interdisciplinary research, and opportunities for faculty to partner with industry and generate significant intellectual property. The move precedes the grand opening celebration in September of WPI’s flagship building, and the larger Gateway district, which will serve as a stimulus for economic development in the city and in the state.
Gateway Park will open at an opportune time, coinciding with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s pledge at BIO2007 to invest $1 billion to promote and support biotechnology development initiatives over the next 10 years through the newly developed Massachusetts Life Sciences Initiative.
The Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center merges a new laboratory structure with a former industrial building, providing space for faculty offices, the headquarters of WPI’s Corporate and Professional Education Division, meeting rooms, and a café.
In May, the U.S. Department of Commerce awarded Gateway Park LLC the 2007 Excellence in Economic Development Award for urban or suburban economic development. The award recognizes the partnership between WPI and the Worcester Business Development Corporation and their commitment to sound, research-based, market-driven to help bolster the local economy.Maintained by email@example.com