MassBioEd Champions for Biotechnology Awards Reception

Nov 16, 2016

November 16, 2016 (BOSTON, MA) – The MassBioEd Foundation (MassBioEd) is set to host its inaugural Champions for Biotechnology Awards Reception tonight where it will honor the efforts of two individuals, Mike Bonney and Jonathan Shapiro, and one company, EMD Serono, for their advocacy and support of biotechnology in the Bay State. 

The reception features hors d'oeuvres, a jazz trio and a silent auction featuring items from local businesses. All event proceeds support MassBioEd’s BioTeach program, which last year provided lab-based training to 185 teachers from 109 schools, giving 10,400 Massachusetts high school students a chance to learn new lab lessons in biotechnology.

James Peyser, Massachusetts Secretary of Education, will present Jonathan Shapiro, a Brockton High School science teacher, with his award. Shapiro will be honored for his leadership in creating and expanding a four-year biotechnology program at Brockton High School.

Jay Ash, Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, will present EMD Serono with its award. Accepting on behalf of EMD Serono is Gary Zieziula, President and Managing Director of EMD Serono. EMD Serono will be recognized for its significant support of life sciences education in Massachusetts schools and its historic support for MassBioEd’s BioTeach program specifically.

Bob Coughlin, President and CEO of MassBio, will award Mike Bonney, former CEO of Cubist Pharmaceuticals for his leadership in supporting biotechnology-related educational programming in Massachusetts public schools during his time at Cubist, for his significant contributions as an advocate for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce development.

"Notable industry leaders visionary companies and ground-breaking teachers are making incredible contributions to biotechnology education in our public schools in Massachusetts," said Peter Abair, Executive Director of the MassBioEd Foundation.  “Mike Bonney is an outstanding example of what an individual business leader can do to support education through good words and good deeds.  EMD Serono is an organization that is unmatched in its commitment to biotechnology education in our schools.  In Jonathan Shapiro, we see an educator leading a transformation in teaching science at Brockton High School and who every school day is engaging his students, inspiring their learning, and helping to build a brighter future for them.”

The event takes place tonight, Wednesday, November 16th at the UMass Club, One Beacon Street in Boston from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Event details are available here:


Event sponsors include: Cushman & Wakefield, EMD Serono, Foley Hoag LLP, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, Millipore Sigma, Patriot Place, Sanofi Genzyme, Sunovion and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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About MassBioEd Foundation

The MassBioEd Foundation (MassBioEd), engages teachers, inspires students, and guides the life sciences workforce. A 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization, MassBioEd is focused on growing educational capacity in the life sciences. Through its BioTeach program, MassBioEd provides teacher training workshops, student career exploration opportunities and funds to public schools for laboratory supplies and equipment. MassBioEd also provides analysis of job trends in the life sciences industry to guide students, educators and the industry. Learn more at

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