WORCESTER, Mass, March 10, 2016 — Worcester-based Interscope, Inc. has received approval from the European Union to market its EndoRotor System, an endoscopic device that streamlines interventional gastrointestinal procedures used to manage colon and esophageal cancer. Additionally, the U.S. Patent Office has awarded Interscope five patents for its innovative medical device.
Interscope’s EndoRotor System is a single resection tool to remove mucosal lesions (i.e., polyps) and Barrett’s esophagus more effectively than existing products. According to the American Cancer Society, while a majority of mucosal disease is benign, patients with polyps and/or Barrett’s have an increased risk for cancer.
Interscope President and Co-Founder Jeffery Ryan explained, “Many young companies face business needs that are often not paired well with available resources. The partnership that MassMEP and Boston Engineering presented enabled a dream to take reality in a challenging and dynamic regulatory environment.”
The Interscope milestones are rooted in early support that it received from The Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP). As part of the national Manufacturing Extension Partnership program, MassMEP provides resources to help companies succeed with invention, innovation, and commercialization that supports economic growth in the Commonwealth. Interscope required early proof-of-concept support and product development expertise to help commercialize its concept.
MassMEP provided some early stage subsidies through its Federal partner, NIST MEP, and the Research Triangle Institute to support a Technology Scouting initiative. This support helped Interscope to shape the product specification prior to launching the development effort with its resource partner Boston Engineering.
John Killam, center director of MassMEP stated, “The successful commercial launch of the EndoRotor System is a testament to the strength of collaboration between public and private resources to create an ecosystem capable of providing optimal solutions for high-value projects such as Interscope.”
Interscope used this early-stage support to advance its business, which included selecting Boston Engineering to develop the product. Boston Engineering drove the product development and design for manufacturing (DFM) process including feasibility and analysis; industrial design; rapid prototyping; and product engineering. Additionally, Boston Engineering provided regulatory submission support and collaborated with the Interscope team to develop and implement its quality management system.
“MassMEP plays an important role in Massachusetts growth by supporting the commercialization of technologies that have the potential to change the way that people work and live,” said Mark Smithers, co-founder and chief technology officer (CTO) of Boston Engineering. “Interscope’s five patents to date reflect the company’s innovative approach to addressing clinical needs. We are proud to work closely with the Interscope team throughout the medical device product development and submission support process.”
Interscope was co-founded by two Massachusetts-based healthcare leaders. Company president and CEO Jeffrey Ryan Jr. previously held several senior sales and marketing positions in the medical devices industry. And for the past nine years, Interscope Chief Scientific Officer Ramon Franco, MD has been the Division Director for Laryngology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.
About Interscope, Inc.
Interscope, Inc. is the developer of the EndRotor System, a patented interventional resection device to address the challenges of sessile lesions and incomplete resection. Interscope is headquartered in Worcester, Mass. and is available online http://interscopemed.com/
About The Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP)
MassMEP is part of the national Manufacturing Extension Partnership program and a nonprofit organization that believes, given the proper support, manufacturers can challenge themselves and grow strategically, improve profitability, and create competitive advantages. MassMEP supports this belief by providing experiential learning and solution-based support services. Every engagement focuses on both the transfer of knowledge and the successful implementation of this learning for immediate impact on the company. MassMEP also serves as a valuable bridge to other organizations and programs that share a passion for developing technology and creating growth opportunities in a domestic manufacturing environment.
About Boston Engineering
Boston Engineering provides product design and engineering consulting across the entire product development process from concept through product launch. Certified for ISO 9001 and ISO 13485, our industry expertise includes consumer products, defense ; security, medical devices, robotics, and industrial & commercial products. We are also the Northeast’s largest PTC software reseller. Boston Engineering is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. with an additional office at UMass Dartmouth’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Learn more at www.boston-engineering.com
BOSTON – House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, on Wednesday announced the formation of Baystate Business Link, a new business mentoring program in Western Massachusetts.
DeLeo announced the new initiative — a partnership between the House and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce — in a morning speech to the Chamber of Commerce.
“Baystate Business Link will concentrate on connecting businesses across the state, highlighting B2B (business-to-business) opportunities and encouraging mentorships,” DeLeo said, according to his prepared remarks.
A working group to advance the effort will include former Massachusetts Energy Secretary Rick Sullivan, who is now CEO of the Western Mass Economic Development Council; Scott Bailey, managing director of MassChallenge, an accelerator for start-ups; and Jack Healy from MassMEP, a group that assists Massachusetts manufacturers.
DeLeo said the group will “help weave together untapped potential in Massachusetts.”
DeLeo framed the new initiative as part of an effort by lawmakers to improve the economy outside of Greater Boston. “Let’s leverage our existing successes so that energetic entrepreneurs, promising students and small but worthy businesses outside of Boston are no longer overlooked,” DeLeo said.
Sullivan said the working group will develop a dialogue with Boston-businesses that are looking to grow. For example, businesses looking for a company to do manufacturing, run call centers, provide data functions or fill other parts of their supply chain could find businesses in Western Massachusetts to fulfill some of those roles.
“Our priority is to look to make links between the Boston business community, which is booming, and looking to make connections to western Massachusetts to be able to grow business opportunities for western Mass.,” Sullivan said. “At least give western Massachusetts a look and give us a seat at the business table to make the case as to why investment in western Mass. would be good.”
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As part of a $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment, MassDevelopment is partnering with the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the Smaller Business Association of New England to help Massachusetts defense-related businesses expand into civilian markets. With the OEA funds, the partnership will analyze the Massachusetts-based defense supply chain, help companies commercialize their research products, and expand the efforts of MassDevelopment’s Manufacturing Innovation Centers. The $1.7 million grant builds on $1.4 million that OEA awarded to MassDevelopment in 2015, which the Agency used to assess the Commonwealth’s defense industry and identify opportunities for technology advancement and growth.
“The DOD’s decision to invest in Massachusetts is a win all around –locally and nationally. It will have a considerable impact on the Massachusetts economy, allowing local businesses to grow and adapt to modern technology and needs,”said U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas. “At the same time, it will allow Massachusetts to continue developing the modern technology needed by our servicemembers around the world to stay safe and successful. I commend MassDevelopment for its continued advocacy on behalf of small businesses in Massachusetts and was proud to have joined my colleague Rep. Moulton in strongly supporting them. The success of this grant is another example of the federal government’s recognition of the unique ecosystem we have here in Massachusetts that combines world class academic and research institutions, top-tier military facilities and cutting-edge businesses to form a leading innovation hub in support of our nation’s defense.”
“We look forward to continuing our work with MassMEP and SBANE, two organizations that have led the way in advancing the innovation economy and growing manufacturing jobs,”said MassDevelopment President and CEO Marty Jones. “Portable MRI machines and WiFi on airplanes are just two examples of innovations that Massachusetts companies produced for the defense industry that later became commercial successes. Thanks to this vital federal support, more businesses across the Commonwealth can transform their military goods into civilian ones.”
The first OEA grant awarded funds for MassMEP, through MassDevelopment, to expand its outreach to defense manufacturers and expand its workforce-development efforts. The Worcester-based organization developed an eight-week CNC operator skills training course for the unemployed with Worcester Polytechnic Institute; the grant made it possible to expand that program to University of Massachusetts Lowell. The first class has completed its training with a second class to begin in May. MassMEP and UMass Lowell train the participants in advanced CNC skills. The objective is to prepare the participants for employment at the completion of the training. Past placement of graduates is above 90 percent, at family-sustaining wages and a pathway to a new longer-term career.
“MassMEP is honored to partner with MassDevelopment and SBANE on this grant. MassMEP will receive MRL/TRL training allowing us to provide assistance 10 10 SBIR companies to bring their products to commercialization,”stated John Killam, Center Director. “We will work with the 10 companies to complete a value analysis and provide expert guidance in the development of their manufacturing and commercialization plan to help with their profitable growth in Massachusetts.”
The $1.7 million grant extension covers four tasks:
MassDevelopment will conduct an in-depth analysis of the defense supply chain.
The Agency has tasked MassMEP in collaboration with MassVentures with identifying and selecting 10 Massachusetts companies to participate in a small business innovation research program, which will help them transition inventions to commercial products and services.
SBANE will work with consultants to help Massachusetts defense firms commercialize their technology and products.
MassDevelopment will expand its Manufacturing Innovation Centers program to include 10 defense firms. The Centers, through services and expertise, will help these small- to medium-sized manufacturers grow their businesses.
“MassDevelopment has elevated the high-tech defense sector to the same level as the life science sector of the Massachusetts economy,”said SBANE President Bob Baker. “We’re excited about this grant and partnership and look forward to holding our first session in Fall River in March.”
MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, works with businesses, nonprofits, financial institutions, and communities to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth. During FY2015, MassDevelopment financed or managed 294 projects generating investment of more than $2.5 billion in the Massachusetts economy. These projects are projected to create about 6,100 jobs and build or rehabilitate about 2,000 residential units.
Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP), part of the national NIST MEP system, is a leading resource for manufacturers. Committed to success in manufacturing, MassMEP transforms companies through solutions focused on innovative growth, operational excellence, and workforce development. The organization cultivates a sustainable community built on supportive relationships, idea sharing, achievement, and next generation manufacturing. For more information, visit www.massmep.org.
The Smaller Business Association of New England, Inc. (SBANE), founded in 1938, is a private not-for-profit association of approximately 600 member companies located throughout the six-state region. SBANE was established to provide a legislative voice for small business at the state and federal levels and to make practical information available to help business owners grow their companies. SBANE runs diverse, educational and networking programs each year and has active chapters in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The membership is characterized by a high degree of participation, reflected in a large and dynamic committee structure, addressing a range of topics from international trade to human resources.
Worcester, MA – Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP), a leading resource for manufacturing companies in Massachusetts, and UMass Lowell graduated the first class to complete the Advanced Computer Numerical Control (CNC) manufacturing training program this month. Part of the Applied Manufacturing Technology Pathway Certification, the program’s 12 graduates spent eight weeks in an intensive curriculum of classroom and hands-on work to prepare for jobs as CNC operators. More than half of the graduates had a position upon graduation.
This group of students represents the first graduating class as part of the MassMEP/UMass Lowell Advanced CNC training partnership, which expands the existing MassMEP program that is endorsed by AIM and operated by MassMEP. The new partnership with UMass Lowell enables MassMEP to double its training capacity in advanced CNC technology.
“MassMEP is excited about this new partnership and the opportunity to expand our reach to further develop a skilled workforce in manufacturing,” stated Ted Bauer, Director Workforce Development Strategies. “More than half of the candidates had been placed into a job prior to graduation. The existing program with WPI has an over 90 percent job placement rate and we are excited to see the companies in the Lowell area responding as favorably to our graduates.”
The 280-hour Advanced CNC training program consists of:
· Level 1 – Shop Math, Blueprint Reading, Metrology and Quality Inspection, Work Readiness and Safety;
· Level 2 – Lean Manufacturing, CNC Mill Concepts and Hands-on, CNC Lathe Concepts and Hands-on, Intro to Programming and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing; and
· Level 3 – Advanced CNC Skills including set-up, fixturing, tool selection, quality inspection, CAD/CAM training and OSHA Safety. Included in Level 3 is additional work in resume-writing, interviewing skills, value stream mapping, SPC, and finance for the shop floor.
As part of a MassDevelopment program supported by the Office of Economic Adjustment grant, MassMEP provides the foundation level instructional training to the participants and UMass Lowell provides advanced training in CNC Machine Operations. UMass Lowell invested in CNC machines in its new College of Engineering Makerspace, where the hands-on portion of the program is held.
Job Fair with “Speed Interviewing”
A unique component of the program is a “speed dating” type of job fair that is conducted with local manufacturers before the conclusion of the class. This class’ job fair was held at New England Die Cutting, where 15 companies conducted a pre-interview with the 12 candidates.
“Through this important partnership, UMass Lowell and MassMEP are working together to assist industry in meeting its needs for skilled workers, to provide valuable training to individuals that will help them advance their careers and to help fuel the Commonwealth’s economy by keeping companies and jobs here,” said Joseph Hartman, dean of UMass Lowell’s Francis College of Engineering. John Mulligan, the lead instructor at UMass Lowell, said that it is impressive how much training can be successfully done during just eight weeks.
About UMass Lowell
UMass Lowell is a national research university located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community. The university offers its 17,500 students bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in business, education, engineering, fine arts, health, humanities, sciences and social sciences. UMass Lowell delivers high-quality educational programs, vigorous hands-on learning and personal attention from leading faculty and staff, all of which prepare graduates to be ready for work, for life and for all the world offers. http://www.uml.edu
About Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP), part of the national NIST MEP system, is a leading resource for manufacturers. Committed to success in manufacturing, MassMEP transforms companies through solutions focused on innovative growth, operational excellence, and workforce development. The organization cultivates a sustainable community built on supportive relationships, idea sharing, achievement, and next generation manufacturing. For more information, visit https://www.massmep.org
Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP), a leading resource for manufacturing companies in Massachusetts, is pleased to announce the promotion of Matthew Healy to Manager, Technical Skills Training. The promotion recognizes Mr. Healy’s continued contributions and increased responsibilities at MassMEP.
As the MassMEP Training Center grows its workforce training offerings, Mr. Healy will play a major role in updating and creating new curriculum and training products. He will also take on primary responsibility for training new staff brought on board to support the increase in demand and expansion of offerings for workforce skills training.
“Matt has been an important part of our workforce strategies system and its growth,” said Ted Bauer, Director for Workforce Development Strategies. “He is a true professional dedicated to developing and growing the curriculum within our many courses, from advanced CNC training at WPI or UMass Lowell to on-the-job training with Massachusetts manufacturers.”
MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY NEWS March 31, 2015
Business is brisk at the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP). Three years of steady growth in the manufacturing sector with another underway has created new opportunities — but also bottlenecks — that need to be addressed by the state’s small and medium-sized manufacturers.
“In terms of what we’re seeing in Massachusetts, unemployment is under 5 percent and confidence is back,” says MassMEP director Jack Healy. “When manufacturers invest in their business, we should see a real boom in our durable goods sector that is primarily involved in capital goods.”
-See more at: http://massmac.org/newsline/1504/workforce_manufacturing_technology_news.pdf
Posted By Paul Tate, March 30, 2015 at 8:24 AM, in Category: Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce
New research by London-based business-to-business consultancy Approved Index recently analyzed the educational backgrounds of the latest Forbes list of the richest 100 people in the world.
And guess what: more than a fifth (22 per cent ) of the world’s wealthiest people studied engineering at university, accounting for almost twice as many billionaires’ degrees as the next most popular choice.
– See more at: http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/want-be-billionaire-study-engineering/#sthash.EPyZRLUb.dpuf
MassMEP Announces Partnership with American Institute for Integrated Photonics to Develop Photonics Ecosystem
October 20, 2015 – Worcester, MA – Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP), a leading resource for manufacturing companies in Massachusetts, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a partnership with the new American Institute for Integrated Photonics (AIM-Photonics), Rochester, NY. The Institute was created to develop an end-to-end photonics ecosystem in the U.S., providing access to domestic foundries, integrated design tools, automated packaging, assembly and test, and workforce development. Institute activities enable universities and small-to-medium enterprises (SME’s) to participate in the photonics revolution.
On July 27, 2015, Vice President Biden announced that the AIM-Photonics Institute won a Department of Defense Award of $110 million dollars. The award is supplemented by more than $500 million in private contributions, representing the largest public-private commitment for any program for Integrated Photonics worldwide.
Using these funds, the AIM-Photonics Institute will bring government, industry, and academia together to organize the currently fragmented U.S. capabilities in integrated photonic technology. This will better position the U.S. relative to global competition. The Institute will also address the lack of an integrated photonics standard platform by establishing one that meets a diverse set of market and product needs. A standardized platform will allow scaling of the technology to multiple markets, and will drive performance, cost, and scaling requirements.
The AIM-Photonics Institute will make design, fabrication and testing of integrated photonics accessible to U.S. companies of all sizes, academia, and government labs. It will also include programs and resources devoted to workforce education and training at all levels including post graduate, college, and technical high schools in order to build an ecosystem which has access to a trained workforce.
“Massachusetts has been positioned as a key partner within the Institute, because of the state’s financial support of the overall mission and the technical expertise that resides in its institutions and manufacturers,” said Jack Healy, President of MassMEP. “The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is the lead educational partner for the Institute and is coordinating the education and workforce programs for the development of a skilled workforce that will support the growth of the integrated photonics industry.”
Similarly, Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) has been designated as the national community college partner for the Institute to lead in the creation of industry recognizable stackable certificates that create a pathway to 1,2,4, and 6-year certificates or degrees.
“MassMEP will assist QCC in broadening this workforce engagement initiative through the support of QCC’s Innovation Technology Acceleration Center in Southbridge,” stated Healy. “The partnership will help SME’s grow their businesses by connecting them to the services of the AIM-Photonics Institute and to the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation.”
Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP), a leading resource for manufacturing companies in Massachusetts, is pleased to announce the promotions of Mr. Peter Russo to Innovation Program Manager and Mr. Ted Bauer to Director Workforce Development Strategies. With these appointments, MassMEP reinforces its commitment to delivering a full range of enterprise products and services for transforming Massachusetts manufacturers.
Peter Russo, Innovation Program Manager
Peter Russo specializes in working with MassMEP clients to bring their products to market and to identify new markets for existing product lines. Since starting with MassMEP, Russo has worked closely with Greentown Labs, mentoring its manufacturing members.
“MassMEP believes there is an element to every manufacturer’s business that can create opportunities for innovation and growth,” said Russo. “If a manufacturer has identified this element, then we will help them realize it. If a manufacturer does not yet have a target, then we will help lead the discovery process. We work most effectively with companies whose vision is to challenge the status quo and leverage connectivity with complementary progressive companies.”
“SME manufacturers are seeking affordable and simple solutions to grow their business, whether developing new products or accessing new markets,” said John Killam, Center Director, MassMEP. “MassMEP provides the resources and systems that address opportunities for growth via innovative solutions. Peter brings a unique skill set and proven approach that advance clients’ objectives. We are grateful to have such a talented individual and look forward to expanding our team of innovation and growth resources.”
Ted Bauer, Director Workforce Development Strategies
Ted Bauer continues to expand MassMEP’s Workforce Development Program. Under his direction, the program has developed and implemented a curriculum pathway that clearly identifies the skills and credentials of graduates for manufacturers. The program’s goal is to implement a curriculum pathway in all 16 of the state’s technical schools. So far, the program has been rolled out to 14 of the 16 schools.
“MassMEP continues to hear from manufacturing companies that they have openings at their facilities, but cannot locate skilled workers to fill the positions,” stated John Killam, Center Director, MassMEP. “Ted has played an influential role as MassMEP has developed tools and services to assist manufacturing companies in training those workers to meet the growing need for a skilled workforce. He will continue to lead the MassMEP Workforce Development Program as it spreads across the Commonwealth.”
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