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.


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