From September 14, 2014 – September 19, 2014, the Innovation Partnership Mission made stops in Copenhagen in Denmark, London in the United Kingdom and in Lyon and Paris in France. Governor Deval Patrick and members of the delegation visited companies and business organizations in sectors important to the Commonwealth’s continued economic growth, and met with top business and government leaders to highlight all that Massachusetts has to offer.
While in London, Governor Patrick met with Eric Roman, the newly named incoming senior leader on site of GE Healthcare North America to discuss GE Healthcare’s future business operations in the Commonwealth, including recently announced plans for the company to open a new $21 million U.S. Headquarters in Marlborough, Massachusetts in the spring of 2015. During the meeting Governor Patrick and Mr. Roman discussed the company’s plans for relocation of the headquarters, which will establish a new site for more than 500 employees and create more than 220 new jobs in Massachusetts. According to GE officials, the state’s talented workforce was a key driver in GE Healthcare’s decision to bring the headquarters to Massachusetts. The new site is currently unoccupied space and will be transformed into state-of-the-art labs, customer application facilities and office space to complement the company’s existing manufacturing capability in Westborough.
In France, Governor Patrick announced that Nanobiotix, a clinical-stage nano-medicine company pioneering novel approaches for the local treatment of cancer, will be opening its first U.S. office in Massachusetts. Governor Patrick met personally with officials from Nanobiotix at this year’s Bio Convention in San Diego this past June to explain the benefits of doing business in the Commonwealth. The announcement was made on the last day of the Governors Massachusetts-France Innovation Partnership Mission in Paris. Nanobiotix is focused on the development of NanoXray, a pipeline of products that are based on a physical mechanism of action. NanoXray products are built on the existing standard of care and can be used with existing radiation equipment available in almost every hospital worldwide.
Also in France, Governor Patrick celebrated a partnership between the Somerville cleantech incubator Greentown Labs and the French-based global building materials corporation Saint-Gobain and its North American construction products subsidiary, CertainTeed. The announcement was part of Governor Patrick's Massachusetts-France Innovation Partnership Mission, aimed at strengthening the Commonwealth’s relationships with France in order to create growth and opportunity throughout Massachusetts. Saint-Gobain is Greentown Labs' first ever corporate sponsor to operate and share a Research & Development test facility at Greentown Labs. Saint-Gobain will be testing new, innovative technologies and make the lab space and its engineers available to member companies.