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MassBio’s Project Onramp places 50 low-income students in biotech internships

By David Schwartz
Published: May 14th, 2019

A program designed to introduce low-income students to the biotechnology industry is having a big impact on the lives of more than 50 students.

Project Onramp, a program from not-for-profit MassBio, which supports the life science industry in Massachusetts, placed the students in well-paid internships with top companies for summer 2019. The program will give the students — many of them the first in their families to attend college — hands-on experience and a head start towards a career in biotech.

“Project Onramp has created a new model for extending opportunities in the thriving biotech industry for high-achieving students who don’t have the personal or family connections that often play a big part in awarding internships,” said David Lucchino, chairman of MassBio and CEO and co-founder of Frequency Therapeutics. “The enthusiastic response from leading life sciences companies in Massachusetts has been overwhelming.”

 “We jumped at the chance to offer an internship to a Project Onramp student,” said Nancy Simonian, M.D, president and CEO of Cambridge-based Syros. “In addition to their solid academic credentials, these students bring an unmatched level of drive and commitment. Providing these opportunities to young people who have been historically underrepresented is important to the health and future of our growing industry.”

Several of the Project Onramp interns are being sponsored by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center as part of its Internship Challenge. The state-funded workforce development program helps small and mid-sized life sciences companies hire paid interns by reimbursing them for stipends of up to $8,160 per intern.

In addition to scientific and lab opportunities, Project Onramp is providing internships to students in business disciplines such as communications, administration and marketing. Syros’ intern will be assisting in the Human Resources department.

Source: AP News

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