Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s awards $20 million in tax incentives to 28 biotech firms in the state

Gov. Baker

WALTHAM, MA – The Baker-Polito Administration announced $20 million in tax incentive awards to 28 life sciences companies. The awards, which will create 1,325 new jobs in the Commonwealth in 2016, were approved by the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC).

The tax incentive awards will support life sciences job growth in fourteen Massachusetts cities and towns; half of the awardees are located or are expanding outside of Greater Boston.

Gov. Baker
Gov. Baker

“Our administration is committed to maintaining Massachusetts’ global leadership in the life sciences, while growing jobs and building prosperity across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Through these smart job-creation incentives, as well as investments in workforce development and emerging technologies, we are working collaboratively to create an environment that fosters private-sector investment and job growth.”

“These tax incentive awards showcase the broad range of life sciences activity flourishing in Massachusetts,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “We are proud that, through drug discovery research, medical devices, diagnostics, and manufacturing, the life sciences industry continues to flourish in the Commonwealth’s many regions, while making meaningful improvements in patients’ lives.”

When announcing the launch of this year’s program in January, the Life Sciences Center expressed a desire to leverage the life sciences assets that are now in place around the state, and promote growth throughout Massachusetts. Toward that end, the agency actively encouraged applications from companies of all sizes located outside of Greater Boston.

The Life Sciences Tax Incentive Program was established in 2008 as part of Massachusetts’ 10-year, $1 billion Life Sciences Initiative. The program authorizes tax incentives each year for growing companies engaged in life sciences research and development, commercialization and manufacturing. The primary goal of the program is to incentivize life sciences companies of all sizes to create new, long-term jobs in Massachusetts.

The Life Sciences Act provides for 10 different incentives, which address the significant capital expenditures associated with the life sciences R&D cycle and the high costs of translating research into commercially viable products. This is the seventh year that incentives have been provided under the program.

As of December 1, 2015, 90 companies had active or completed tax incentive awards from prior years, totaling more than $100 million. Those prior awardees have created nearly 4,000 new jobs after receiving their tax incentives.

“The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s Job Creation Tax Incentive Program has encouraged life sciences companies of all sizes to create jobs and grow their businesses in Massachusetts, and it has also played a significant role in encouraging some of the global leaders in life sciences, such as Amgen, Shire and Baxalta, to make significant investments in new or expanded facilities here,” said Travis McCready, President & CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. “We want to ensure that this growth is well distributed across the state, and with that in mind, we are pleased to see that half of the awarded companies this year are located outside of, or are expanding outside of, Greater Boston. We are also pleased to see that many of these expansions will create jobs in manufacturing.”

“We congratulate these companies for their commitment to maintaining and growing their presence in the Commonwealth,” said Administration and Finance Secretary Kristen Lepore. “It is important that we continue to foster a competitive environment so that Massachusetts can maintain its status as a leading destination for innovation, including the life sciences industry.”

“Strategically targeted business development incentives are a key component of our efforts to grow companies to scale in Massachusetts, win new business to the Commonwealth, and deepen our nationally leading innovation economy,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “The tax incentives the Life Science Center’s Board approved today will enable more than two dozen dynamic life science companies to expand, and their growth will benefit all Massachusetts residents.”

“The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s tax incentives are directly linked to the continued growth of the medical device industry here in the Commonwealth,” said Thomas J. Sommer, President of Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC). “The incentives set Massachusetts apart from other leading life science states and send a signal to medical technology companies that the State is serious about fostering this sector.”

“Alnylam’s decision to establish its flagship manufacturing facility in Massachusetts and hire approximately 150 new full-time employees was based on the support of the state of Massachusetts and access to its talent pool,” said John Maraganore, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Alnylam.

“The Town of Norton is very excited about the investment to be made by Alnylam Pharmaceuticals in Norton, and the state incentives that were announced today that will support this expansion,” said Michael Yunits, Town Manager for the Town of Norton. “The capital investment, estimated at $55 million, will significantly increase the Town’s tax base. Moreover, the addition of 200 quality jobs in a variety of disciplines, including those in the science field, will bolster the commitment our Public Schools and Wheaton College have made to the scientific fields. In consideration of Alnylam’s investment in our community and its ability to offer diverse employment opportunities to the area, the Town has committed to offer tax incentives and a streamlined permitting process to enable the development of this state of the art facility.”

“Charles River is pleased to be a recipient of the MLSC’s Job Creation Tax Incentive Program, which recognizes our commitment to increasing our workforce in Massachusetts, which has been our home for almost 70 years,” said James C. Foster, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Charles River. “These incentives will support the development of our recently reopened state-of-the-art facility in Shrewsbury, which is strategically located near Boston and Cambridge, the largest biohub in the world. This facility provides the opportunity for us to partner with large biopharma and emerging biotech companies, as well as academic research institutions, to support their early-stage drug research, which is essential to developing new therapies.”

The 28 life sciences companies that have been authorized to receive tax incentives, the city or town in which they are located, the amount awarded and each company’s job creation commitment for 2016 are as follows:


Company Location Incentive Amount Jobs
908 Devices Inc. Boston $165,000 11
AbbVie Inc. Worcester $525,000 35
Abiomed, Inc. Danvers $1,050,000 70
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Cambridge $2,250,000 150
Amgen Inc. Cambridge $780,000 52
Baxalta US, Inc. Cambridge $1,320,000 66
Charles River Laboratories, Inc. Wilmington $1,200,000 80
Emulate, Inc. Boston $318,090 30
Enanta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Watertown $360,000 24
Ginkgo Bioworks, Inc. Boston $483,377 50
Juno Therapeutics, Inc. Waltham $165,000 11
LFB USA, Inc. Framingham $720,000 48
Masy Systems, Inc. Pepperell $150,000 10
Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Cambridge $225,000 15
Moderna Therapeutics, Inc. Cambridge $1,875,000 125
Nitto Denko Avecia Inc. Milford $450,000 30
Nova Biomedical Corporation Waltham $750,000 50
Pharmalucence, Inc. Billerica $150,000 10
Quanterix Corporation Lexington $225,000 15
Radius Health, Inc. Waltham $525,000 35
Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc. Cambridge $750,000 50
Seres Therapeutics, Inc. Cambridge $945,000 63
Shire Human Genetic Therapies, Inc. Lexington $2,250,000 150
Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Inc. Walpole $735,000 30
SQZ Biotechnologies Company Boston $129,784 20
STC Biologics, Inc. Cambridge $150,000 10
Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. Cambridge $1,125,000 75
Web Industries Boston, Inc. Holliston $150,000 10

The Tax Incentive Program is jointly administered by the MLSC and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR), which oversees the technical administration of the incentives. Jobs that are created must be maintained for at least five years. The Tax Incentive Program mandates that awarded companies submit reports and respond to inquiries by the MLSC and DOR regarding employment figures. If a company receiving a tax incentive under the program does not meet and maintain their minimum threshold for job creation, the credit can be recovered by DOR, requiring that the company pay back all or a portion of the tax incentives they’ve received.


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