Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute Class of 2019

Founders, supporters, and elected officials came together today to celebrate the expansion of the Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute. The institute’s new facility is located at 417 Rogers Street on Gloucester’s inner harbor. GMGI is the world’s first dedicated marine genomics institute and is designed to advance marine biology research and to expand the local economy. The construction of the world-class genomics research institute was made possible by a $2.7 million capital grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) to help build and equip the 6,000 square-foot research institute and lab. Read more here.

Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute is open for self-guided tours!

Today was truly a historic day for Gloucester and you can see by the smiles of joy on everyone’s faces how meaningful is this expansion to Gloucester’s working waterfront.

Sherre Zizak was, for the second time this month, presented with the Unsung Hero Award, this one given by the City of Gloucester and the office of Mayor Sefatia.

Friends and supporters of GMGI received thanks today for their role in the expansion and they include the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, Governor Baker, Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante, State Senator Bruce Tarr, Mayor Romeo-Theken, Sherre Zizik, Lee Dellicker, Joe Rosa, John Bell, Marc Vidal, David Walt, Greg Verdine, Jonathan Pope, Michelle May, James Bacon, John Connolly, JC Guiterrez-Ramos, Bill Kane, George Putnam, Tom Simons, and many more.


About the Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute

Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute was founded in 2013 by three entrepreneurial scientists with legendary experience in genomics and biomedicine — David Walt, Greg Verdine, and Marc Vidal — along with local businesswoman Sheree Zizik. Today, GMGI is led and backed by leaders with decades of experience in genomics, biomedical research, pharmaceuticals and industry.

The overarching mission is ambitious but simple: to catalyze the local economy by bringing science to Cape Ann in a meaningful way. The founders identified three strategies to accomplish the mission:

  • Establish a world-class marine biotechnology research institute whose work is powered by the scientific field of genomics;
  • Develop a local biotechnology workforce through a vibrant science learning environment; and
  • Promote the conditions that encourage the development of a science community on Cape Ann.

The development of this research institute and the move to 417 Main Street have been made possible by a $2.7 million capital grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.

About the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) is an economic development investment agency dedicated to supporting the growth and development of the life sciences in Massachusetts, home to the most verdant and productive life sciences ecosystem in the world.  Through public-private funding initiatives, the MLSC supports innovation, research & development, commercialization, and manufacturing activities in the fields of biopharma, medical device, diagnostics, and digital health.  Since its creation in 2007, the MLSC has strategically deployed over $700 million in Massachusetts, through a combination of grants, loans, capital infrastructure investments, tax incentives, and workforce programs.  These investments have created thousands of jobs, and propelled the development of new therapies, devices, and scientific advancements that are improving patient health and well-being in Massachusetts and beyond. To learn more, visit masslifesciences.com.

Tonno Gloucester Halloween Specials!


Tonno Gloucester
Halloween Specials!

Half order of
– Short Cut Rigatoni, lobster, butternut squash, mascarpone, brown butter
– Zeppoli tossed with honey and cinnamon sugar

Bar specials

– Hot Toddy
– Pumpkin Martini

We will be giving out Candy on Halloween night!

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Special Discounts and Stories of Survivors

Cape Ann Wellness

Prevention, Early Detection and Treatment Saves Lives! 

Here are Stories from Survivors and More Information on Breast Cancer –

Discounted Sessions (hypnosis, meditation, reiki) Offered During the Month of October and November, for anyone in treatment for Breast Cancer. During the Month of November; for any Veteran or Member of the Armed Services in treatment for any cancer diagnosis. Gift Certificates can also be purchased at discounted prices.

Contact Us for Information and to Register – info@dreamtimewellness.com. 978-283-4258

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cultural districts across the state convened at Natick Center for the Arts MCC #powerofculture

Cape Ann participated in the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) statewide cultural district convening which was hosted by the Natick Center for the Arts. Statewide district gatherings occur once or twice a year: the last two were held in Cambridge, and Beverly. Representatives from Gloucester, Rockport and Essex cultural districts were in attendance. (Manchester and Ipswich do not not have a designation at this time. Gloucester could have seven.)

Massachusetts Cultural Council Director, Anita Walker, welcomed the crowd, and introduced officials from Natick and new additions to the MCC staff. Jill Cahill, Gloucester’s Director of Community Development, brought a gift from the Mayor and the City to add to a send-off  of thanks and well wishes for Meri Jenkins, longtime MCC leader who managed cities and towns through cultural facilities funding and district designations. Luis Edgardo Cotto and Justina Crawford will be taking over the MCC Community Initiative programs managed by Meri.

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The MCC approved five year district renewals for both Rocky Neck and Rockport last year. District renewal for Gloucester’s downtown is underway. Essex received official citations for their renewal at this convening. Here’s a photo of Christopher Stepler, artist and Manager of Essex Shipbuilding Museum, and Lee Spence, former Director. One update they shared was that the successful historic exhibition The Women of Essex – Stories to Share displayed at Essex Town Hall in a renovated bright space on the top floor above the TOHP Burnham Public Library (thanks in part to Cultural Facilities funding) was selected to travel to the NPS regional Visitor Center in Salem.

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prior GMG post with MCC October news 

2018 Baking Workshop with Backyard Growers

Cape Ann Community

Baking workshop

Join us as we explore the joys of storage vegetables and their many uses in baking! Learn how to highlight or hide hardy winter roots like carrots and beets among more traditional items like apples or pumpkins. Participants will be led by community gardeners and Backyard Growers staff, alongside our fabulous guest chef Sarah Wonson. You’ll leave with recipes, tips, and tricks to incorporate these seasonal recipes into your holidays meals! Not an experienced cook? No problem! We’ll go over the basics, so all levels of cooking experience are welcome.

  • When: November 6, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: The Open Door, 28 Emerson Ave, Gloucester, MA
  • Tickets: RSVP and purchase tickets here. $20 per family, $15 per individual and FREE for gardeners in Backyard Growers’ programs.

Please notify us in advance of any allergies in your party.

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