The Premier Laboratory Facility for
Next-Generation Powerhouse Biotech Startups

The goal of the LabCentral Learning Lab is to work with academic and community partners to create a new kind of educational experience in the heart of innovation in Kendall Square. This lab will serve as a community hub, forging lasting connections, and inspiring tomorrow’s innovators. At scale, programming will advance thousands of students and teachers into the future of science. The Learning Lab comprises 1,270 square feet of laboratory and adjoining classroom space.


Through the BioTeach Program, MassBioEd strives to engage and excite teachers, inspire and propel students, and illuminate pathways from the classroom to life science careers.

BioTeach recognizes that educators are one of our greatest resources and supports them by providing the training, supplies and equipment needed to design and execute hands-on, innovative lessons.  At LabCentral’s Learning Lab, teachers experience authentic life science labs and activities and prepare to implement them in their classrooms. Training is offered through free one-day or multi-day workshops that qualify for Professional Development Points or graduate credit. In addition, post-workshop mentoring is available to newly trained teachers to help with the execution of lab activities.

Career exploration and awareness activities introduce students from backgrounds underrepresented in the industry to a wide variety of family-sustaining careers. Students can meet life sciences professionals through LabCentral site visits, classroom visits, and career panels, as well as field trips to partner companies and colleges. Students can also role-play bioscience professionals as they tackle problem-based learning activities on an innovative web-based learning platform.

Additional programs

Grant and award funding for equipment and lab supplies
NGSS and MA-aligned inquiry-based curricula
On-site and virtual teacher mentoring 
College and career awareness exploration experiences
Comprehensive district partnerships

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BioBuilder programming fosters innovation by welcoming students, teachers and community members into LabCentral’s entrepreneurial environment. The Learning Lab is a fully equipped teaching space that provides local innovators a welcoming environment for hands-on engagement with BioBuilder’s programming. Current programming in the Learning Lab is built on BioBuilder’s open source curriculum, including: 

  • Workshops for matriculating and home schooled students
  • Teacher professional development
  • Site visits for our BioBuilderClub
  • Eight-week Apprenticeship Challenge for high school students from underserved communities

BioBuilder is also continuing and extending partnerships and site-specific work with the local community. Examples of these partnerships include work with the Cambridge Science Festival, the Nord Anglia schools, Wuhan University, and EF tours.

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New England Biolabs, Inc.

Established in the mid 1970's, New England Biolabs, Inc. (NEB) is the industry leader in the discovery and production of enzymes for molecular biology applications and now offers the largest selection of recombinant and native enzymes for genomic research. NEB continues to expand its product offerings into areas related to PCR, gene expression, sample preparation for next generation sequencing, synthetic biology, glycobiology, epigenetics and RNA analysis. Additionally, NEB is focused on strengthening alliances that enable new technologies to reach key market sectors, including molecular diagnostics development. New England Biolabs is a privately held company, headquartered in Ipswich, MA, and has extensive worldwide distribution through a network of exclusive distributors, agents and seven subsidiaries located in Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore and the UK.

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NEB is dedicated to supporting young scientists and science educators by providing reagents, educational materials and technical expertise. We offer a selection of our most popular products for free to support teaching labs in the US, as well as high schools, colleges and teaching programs, including iGEM and BioBuilder. 

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700 Main Street, North, Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • Walking distance to the T
  • Close proximity to major university research centers, hospitals, biotech, and pharmaceutical companies provides numerous synergies and partnership opportunities