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Bentley Joins Massachusetts Biotechnology Council

January 4, 2006

Bentley College has joined the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MBC), the nation's premier state council providing services and support for the region's biotechnology industry, as an Associate Non-Profit/Academic member.

"Bentley is a national leader in business education, and our region has the highest concentration of healthcare and biopharmaceutical companies anywhere in the world today," said Robert D. Galliers, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "Many of our students will be taking their Bentley degrees to careers in companies that are represented by the MBC, and many of our faculty have made innovative contributions in fields like product development, business development, finance, management, information technology, and communications that contribute to the strength of the industry in our area."

Bentley provides students with a strong foundation in business and the liberal arts and sciences. In the sciences, Bentley offers unique programs that explore the intersection of science and business in the fields of healthcare, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, consumer products, and the environment. Courses such as the Science and Business of Biotechnology prepare students for successful careers by considering all aspects of the biotechnology revolution, from scientific discovery, through development, production, and marketing, to the financing and management of biotechnology companies.

The MBC represents nearly 450 companies, academic institutions and service organizations involved in biotechnology. Currently, approximately 60 percent of the membership is comprised of full members which are Massachusetts-based biotechnology companies engaged in research and development in the life sciences.

The remaining 40 percent of the MBC are associate members and include biotechnology companies located outside of Massachusetts, as well as institutions and companies that work with the industry providing services in associated sectors such as accounting, finance and law, or who share an interest in the industry's future, including the education of its workforce.

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BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit

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