UMass medical school’s manufacturing unit lays off 26 employees
More than two dozen employees in manufacturing and administrative roles at UMass Chan Medical School will be let go in late April.
The university’s MassBiologics unit notified 26 employees recently. Affected employees will receive severance and be offered outplacement services, a spokesperson said to Endpoints News in an emailed statement. The employees can apply for open positions elsewhere in the medical school, the spokesperson added.
MassBiologics cited “market-related factors that are currently impacting the life sciences and manufacturing sectors” as the reasoning for the headcount culls. The biopharma industry, including some manufacturers, has been hit by a wave of layoffs this year and in 2022, forcing dozens of companies to refocus their operations.
The manufacturer has a long history in the state of Massachusetts, dating to 1894, and has been involved in vaccines for smallpox, tetanus, pertussis, typhoid and others.