Quincy College Opens New Biotech Lab

September 17, 2013

By: Patrick Ronan

Job opportunities for biochemists and biophysicists will increase by 31 percent by 2020, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts.

Quincy College is doing its part to meet the projected need by launching a biotechnology and compliance program at its Quincy Center campus. The college on Wednesday unveiled the 1,600-square-foot laboratory that will serve as the program’s headquarters.

State and city officials joined college leaders for a ribbon-cutting ceremony that marked the lab’s opening.

The new lab “is the culmination of our focus on interaction with both government and private industry to provide education and training for our students that result in employment opportunities,” Quincy College Peter H. Tsaffaras said.

The lab, in Saville Hall, was paid for with money from a $3 million federal grant. The grant will also be put toward curriculum development, the purchasing of equipment and supplies, and additions to the faculty.

The college’s new biotechnology and compliance program, offering associate degrees and certificate training, also got a $100,000 grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, a state-funded agency.

To develop the program, the college partnered with several local biotech companies and two schools, Boston University and UMass-Boston.

Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch said the new program can help Quincy as it tries to recruit more businesses in the biotech sector.

“This lab, though it’s a grant directly to Quincy College, has a greater good to the city of Quincy and our economic development,” Koch said.