Massachusetts represents the largest biotech and clinical trial hub in the nation next to California. Much of the research activity lies directly within Boston. Some forces within the state seek distribute the action. Baystate Health has received $3.95 million from the Massachusetts Life Science Center to build units for clinical trials in Springfield and at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield that will increase local patients’ access to groundbreaking drug therapies, medical devices and electronic technology that’s now only available in Boston or New Haven, reports MassLive.
11 proposals out of 44 total were selected for a total of $30.95 million in funding. Mark A. Keroack, president and CEO of Baystate Health emphasized the “hope” associated with clinical research. Economics plays a part as well. Recently studies report that clinical trials infuse economic activity in local areas. Baystate Health will be part of a movement to drive more clinical research to other part of the state—Springfield and Greenfield, MA will be research site sub-regional hubs within Massachusetts.