The latest Natick, Mass., business news:
MassWorks recognized by Greater Boston Food Bank
The Greater Boston Food Bank has awarded MathWorks of Natick with its Founder’s Award for contributions to the Growing Healthy Futures campaign that supports summer hunger-relief efforts. The mathematical computing software maker’s generosity has resulted in millions of meals for families in need.
MathWorks matched up to $1 million in donations in 2021 and 2022 in support of the campaign. This was crucial during the pandemic, according to Food Bank CEO Catherine D’Amato.
PacDNA chosen for MassBio’s Fall accelerator program
Natick’s PacDNA, whose “oligonucleotide therapeutics” technology is designed to help treat diseases such as cancer in hard to reach organs and tissues, is 1 of just 6 companies chosen to take part in the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council’s Fall accelerator program. The company’s technology aims to make treatment more effective and affordable.
The company is led by CEO Ke Zhang, a Northeastern University professor, and Northwestern University professor Chad Mirkin.
A networking event will be held on Oct. 26 at the MassBioHub in Cambridge that will include a chance to meet the startups. The participating companies during an 8-week program involving MassBio’s life sciences network will bolster their business plans and get introduced to potential partners, among other things.
A community networking event will be held on October 26 at the MassBioHub in Cambridge that will feature an opportunity to meet the startups participating in MassBioDrive‘s fall cohort and connect with MassBio’s innovation ecosystem. Refreshments will be served.
Natick Select Board to continue cannabis delivery discussion
The Natick Select Board at its meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 28 is slated to provide an update on the topic of cannabis host community agreements as they relate to state legislative changes.
Select Board Member Michael Hickey raised the issue at a recent meeting at which Natick hit pause on negotiations with a couple of cannabis delivery outfits (See our Sept. 6 Business Buzz for more background).