IDBS has ribbon-cutting ceremony in Burlington, Mass.

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January 20, 2012, 7:54 pm
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(NECN) - Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick led a ribbon cutting for an expansion at a British-based life sciences oriented company that has located its U.S. headquarters in Burlington, Massachusetts.

Joining NECN for our monthly spotlight on life and bio sciences in Massachusetts is Angus Mcquilken of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.

IDBS, a British company, had a ribbon cutting at their facility in Burlington Friday. What do they do?

“They are a bioinformatics company. They create software that can analyze large sets of healthcare data that can improve patient care. For example, they have a partnership with Dana Farber Cancer Institute to advance their work in personalized medicine to improve cancer care for patients,” said Mcquilken.

Governor Patrick and the center and other state officials made the decision to expand in Massachusetts. They have doubled the headcount from eight employees to 16 with plans for further growth.

The BIO convention is enormous and it comes to Boston this year. It’s very significant event for this industry and the fact that it is here is huge.

How can local companies be involved and what is the benefit to them?

“This is the state’s best annual opportunity to showcase our self as a global leader in the life sciences,” said Mcquilken. “There are many ways to get involved. People can attend. WE hope many people from the area will. You can volunteer. If you volunteer for two days, you can get a free pass for the show for two days. There are also opportunities for exhibiting for companies that want to have a booth there. And there is going to be a career fair, open to all job seekers who are interested in finding employment in the life sciences.

For more information on the June 18-21 event, you can go to or

About 15,000 people are expected to be there.

Tags: Deval Patrick, Burlington, Dana Farber Cancer Institute , Angus Mcquilken, IDBS, bioinformatics, bio convention, life sciences center
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