Representative Richard E. Neal visits Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing, Inc. on Startup Day Across America

August 1, 2017
Press Release

LEE, MA – United States Representative Richard E. Neal visited Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing Inc., a biopharmaceutical company established in Lee, Massachusetts to learn about how startup companies in the area are creating innovative new products and services and using technology to solve real-world problems. Representative Neal’s visit coincides with Startup Day Across America, a nationwide effort to raise awareness of entrepreneurial activity and job creation and help generate support for startup communities across the country.

“I am proud to participate in Startup Day Across America to raise awareness of the great entrepreneurial activity and job creation happening right here in the First Congressional District of Massachusetts,” said Representative Neal. “Companies like Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing are creating high skilled jobs and putting incredibly important products into the marketplace. We need to continue to encourage the creation of these types of companies and assist in their growth in our region as they foster both a strong community and a strong economy.”

Shawn Kinney, PhD., President of Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing said, “The BSM management team is excited to be in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts producing new cutting edge injectable therapies for many diseases including cancer, macular degeneration, osteoarthritis and many others.  The team picked Western Massachusetts to locate Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing for the quality of life and motivated workforce in Western Massachusetts.  BSM was able to bring high paying biotechnology opportunities to an area in need of jobs.  BSM has been assisted with financing by Berkshire Bank and MassDevelopment.”

At the 116,000-square-foot headquarters in Lee, Berkshire Sterile focuses on manufacturing sterile drugs, filling syringes, vials, and cartridges, as well as providing formulation development and quality testing. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, firms less than one year old created 1.7 million jobs or 60% of total employment growth in 2015. More than half these jobs were from firms with fewer than 10 employees. These startup companies are involved in a variety of industries including technology, retail, healthcare, entertainment, consulting, and education.

Startup Day Across America also provides local entrepreneurs with an opportunity to educate their elected officials about the challenges they are facing and discuss how federal policy can support their efforts to test new ideas, create new products, and grow their businesses. Entrepreneurs often take tremendous financial risks in order to move a business forward, and it is critical that local entrepreneurs know they have the support of their elected officials and community members. 

More information on Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing, Inc. can be found here.