MassBio’s Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG) established the MassBio Leading Impact Award to annually recognize significant contributions made by individuals and organizations that enhance Massachusetts as a setting that supports the advancement of the biotechnology and life sciences industries. The industry is supported by innovators within the industry and in the arena of property development and local, regional, and state economic development. The Leading Impact Award seeks to recognize those innovators who help advance the industry in these areas.

Award Nominees

Leading Impact awardees will be those individuals and organizations that have successfully worked to improve the competitiveness of Massachusetts as a destination for the life sciences industry. Examples of potential honorees include municipal governments that have removed barriers to entry for life science facility projects, organizations which have advanced industry growth through unique civic engagement, developers which have created new settings that have accelerated industry growth, or individuals whose exemplary actions over time or on specific projects have contributed to the physical growth of the industry in the Commonwealth.

The 2015 Leading Impact Award winner was Michael Collins, Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, recognized for leading the UMass Life Science Task Force on a clear mission: to establish the University of Massachusetts as the premier public partner for the Commonwealth’s thriving life sciences sector. The resulting strategic initiatives tremendously fortified and improved UMass’ life sciences capacity. This impact is evident in the data: the number of UMass students graduating with life sciences degrees has grown by 70 percent between 2007-2013, licensing revenues generated by UMass rank it second in Massachusetts and 15th in the nation, 22 inter-campus research projects have been funded, and numerous new partnerships with external stakeholders are serving as drivers of innovation across the Commonwealth. 


Nominations for the 2016 Leading Impact Award must be submitted by 5 PM on February 26, 2016. Awardee(s) will be officially recognized at the MassBio Annual Meeting, March 31-April 1, 2016.


Submitting a nomination is EASY. Simply answer the questions that follow. If you have questions, please contact Elizabeth Steele, MassBio's Director of Economic Development & Global Affairs, at

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* 1. Your name

* 2. Your address

* 3. Your email address

* 4. Your phone number

* 5. Name of Nominee (person or organization)

* 6. Please read all questions before beginning your submission.

How has the nominee (individual or organization) made Massachusetts a better place for the life sciences?

* 7. How does the nominee serve as an ASSET to the Massachusetts Cluster?

* 8. In what way did the nominee set a new standard, break "new ground" or overcome a significant obstacle in becoming an asset to the Massachusetts life sciences cluster? How has has the nominee cut a new path for others to follow in the industry and/or in Massachusetts?