Dear Friends:
This year saw GMGI achieve remarkable progress toward its mission of using the tools of marine genomics and biotechnology to catalyze the Cape Ann economy.
We grew our science team from 4 to 10 in a year and had two research studies published in scientific journals. A Cambridge biotech firm has established an ongoing contract with GMGI for data mined from sediment collected in Gloucester Harbor and Stellwagen Bank. With projects moving toward the commercial venture stage, the board formed a Commercialization Advisory Committee to create a framework and process for bringing discoveries to market.
At the Gloucester Biotechnology Academy, we graduated our third class in May and launched a new class in September, with 65% young women and 71% Gloucester natives. At an overall 81% graduation rate and 86% placement rate for graduates through three years, the Academy model has proven its value as an on-ramp for young people who otherwise struggle to connect to professional careers.
We also made significant progress toward enhancing the financial sustainability of GMGI. Thanks to generous support from friends and community members, we have now secured $4.5 million in pledges toward the New Ocean Opportunity Fund -- our $15 million, 5-year campaign launched in fall 2018.
And last but certainly not least, we were delighted to welcome our new Chief Operating Officer, Christine Bolzan, who came on board in September.
On behalf of the GMGI team, we wish you a wonderful holiday season and look forward to sharing regular updates on our research and invitations to the events we will offer in 2020.

In appreciation,
GMGI Board of Directors
  • Science educators from across the North Shore tour GMGI and learn how the research institute can be a resource for the local education network
  • Gloucester Biotechnology Academy hosts its first Open House of the year, attracting prospective students, parents, teachers and members of the community to its teaching lab in Blackburn Circle
  • Science Director Andrea Bodnar talks about GMGI and biotechnology on Cape Ann for a Fireside Chat at the beautiful Beauport Hotel
  • GMGI opens its doors and welcomes more than 200 curious community members, providing tours of the labs in our first ever Community Open House
  • Welcome (a)board! John O’Connor and Laura Sen are the two newest additions to the GMGI Board of Directors
  • Jill Cluett joins the GMGI team as the organization’s first Director of Finance and Administration
  • In the first installment of the Science on the Harbor lecture series, friends of GMGI are treated to a lecture by the Two Tims -- Tim Sullivan and Tim O’Donnell of the research team -- on eDNA and how it affects the management of the regional fisheries
  • Board Chair Michele May and Science Director Andrea Bodnar present at Gloucester City Hall during Gov. Baker and Lt. Gov. Polito’s Gloucester Cabinet Days, during which the Lt. Gov. invites the Academy to participate in the statewide STEM Week in October
  • GMGI hosts North Shore Technology Council’s First Friday seminar, part of NSTC’s Year of Genomics campaign -- guests hear from GMGI Board Member Bill Kane and Andrea Bodnar on how genomics is influencing the local industry  
  • As the Academy’s newest hire and full-time teaching assistant, Rebecca Barnard begins preparing for the upcoming Academy class
  • Congratulations! Gloucester Biotechnology Academy graduates the Class of 2019 in a ceremony at the Cape Ann Museum
  • Catch us on the small screen! WCVB’s Chronicle profiles GMGI in a larger television segment highlighting Gloucester’s growth and development. Watch it here.
  • Nearly 30 middle school and high school students get the chance to work in a real-life biotech lab and extract DNA from a “mystery fish” during the 2019 SummerSTEM program
  • The additions of Olivia Piscitello (Laboratory Technician) and Samuel Major (Laboratory Manager) bring the research team to seven full-time staff
  • Pop the bubbly! GMGI is awarded two federal research grants, providing funding for both the red sea urchin research and shrimp diagnostics projects
  • Twenty young adults start their nine-month journey to become trained lab technicians as the class of 2020 begins their first semester
  • As the newly appointed Chief Operating Officer, Chris Bolzan takes the wheel for GMGI’s next chapter
  • Rounding out the hiring for the year, Matthew Harke, PhD, Veronica Pereira and Amanda Baryshayn, PhD, join GMGI’s research team -- and bring the total GMGI research staff to 10 researchers
  • With the largest crowd to date, GMGI holds its annual Science Forum with researchers from across the country invited to speak and attend the event
  • Hot off the press! GMGI researcher Jennifer Polinski’s paper on microbial diversity in the Stellwagen Bank is published in the journal Scientific Reports
  • GMGI travels to Kendall Square to host a panel of biotech thought-leaders and scientists on significant trends in genomic technologies as they apply to the marine environment
  • Lt. Governor Karyn Polito visits the Gloucester Biotechnology Academy as part of her week-long Massachusetts STEM Week tour, speaking with students about their experience at the Academy. Read about it here
  • With decades of research to pull from, Andrea Bodnar delivers a fascinating presentation on sea urchins and aging in the second Science on the Harbor lecture

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