A life sciences training center will open in 2023 on the former Globe site

A workforce training center focused on life science jobs is set to open next year in the former Boston Globe headquarters at 135 Morrissey Boulevard, according to a joint announcement from the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council ( MassBio), a commercial group, and Beacon Capital Partners. , a real estate investment firm that worked with developer Nordblom Co. on the redevelopment of the property.

The 4,000 square foot facility will offer three “accelerated” training programs leading to a certificate for those seeking a career as a technician or laboratory assistant.

The developers first dubbed the former 700,000-square-foot Globe headquarters as “The BEAT,” a nod to the journalists who had worked there from 1958 until its closure and sale in 2017. The building has since been renamed Southline, in part a nod to the facility. location south of Boston proper. The space is for life sciences companies affiliated with Flagship Pioneering, a biotechnology company, and Nobull, an activewear company.

Going forward, developers are looking to build a six-story building, also focused on the biotech space, behind the old newspaper factory next to the Southeast Freeway.

The training center is expected to provide lab space, classrooms and programs to address labor shortages and skills gaps, as well as contribute to “our deep desire to bring people underrepresented and marginalized in the life sciences industry,” Kendalle Burlin O’Connell, president and chief operating officer of MassBIO, said in a statement.

A MassBIO survey earlier this year showed that among 120 companies, 78% said they expected to hire employees. In 2021, the biopharmaceutical workforce added 12,000 jobs, thanks to venture capital and the construction of new biomanufacturing labs and spaces.

Dorchester, in particular, could house some of this new space. Various developers moving through the city’s approvals process have proposed new lab space at “Dorchester Bay City,” which will be anchored at the former Bayside Expo Center and stretch down Mount Vernon Street to the current location of a Santander bank.

Then there is the strip of land between the BEAT and the JFK/UMass Red Line station, known as 35-75 Morrissey. Its proximity to the T station, and from there a short journey to Cambridge’s Kendall Square, a hub for biotech companies, has made the area attractive to developers.

“This center will be the perfect complement to the biotech ecosystem that is growing at Southline,” said Steve Purpura, President of Life Sciences at Beacon Hill Partners. “This will increase community awareness of opportunities in the life sciences industry, which will translate into a much-needed workforce for the biotech industry which urgently needs trained talent at this level.”

The training programs will be free, and a stipend will be offered to compensate for lost work hours, according to the organizations. “Certificate holders will have access to sophisticated entry-level positions with starting salaries expected to pay mid to high five-figure salaries plus benefits,” they said in a statement.

UMass Boston, which is a short walk down Morrissey Boulevard from 135 Morrissey, is also involved, as are Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

“As Boston’s only public research university and New England’s most diverse university, UMass Boston is committed to working alongside MassBio to strengthen our pipeline of talented, hardworking, and diverse students,” said the Chancellor of UMass Boston, Marcelo Suárez-Orozco.

“With four out of five UMass Boston graduates remaining in Massachusetts after graduation,” he added, “this purpose-built initiative will advance our goals of creating economic opportunity while strengthening the life sciences cluster that is so central to our economy”.

Frank Baker, whose city council district includes the Southline facility, has long lobbied for life science job opportunities for Dorchester residents.

“Educating our residents around the corner where many of them live to enable them to access rewarding careers in the life sciences is integral to creating a better future for our children,” a- he said in his own statement.

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