TechSandBox: MetroWest Innovation Hub 

Our Mission:  
Deliver the educational content, resources, expertise and community to science and technology companies and their entrepreneurs, accelerating innovation and success. 
We do this by bringing the ecosystem together in one location, right here in MetroWest.

Life Sciences SIG
3rd Monday of the Month
, unless there's a holiday, which happens a lot this year! We start food, networking and registration at 5:30p with program proceedings about 6:15p.  $25 early bird (until one week before the program at 5pm) /$35 after. Includes food. Members of this SIG are admitted free. Walk-ins welcome.

SIG SPONSORS:  Medpresso        Colliers supporters of TechSandBox Life Sciences SIG    Optimum Technologies supporter of TechSandBox

Our life sciences special interest group includes medical devices, cell biology, pharmaceutical development and medical records.

September 21: The Resources for BioTech/BioEng/BioChem and Pharma Testing and Research 

Did you know that as an entrepreneur, even one not currently affiliated with a university or research lab, that there are resources available to help you do the research, testing and early trials? All within a 15 mile commute of TechSandBox!

  • Researchers to: Make and deliver cells, help with process development, animal testing, purification, as services
  • Equipment for use by you for small fees: NMR, spectrometer, confocal microscopes and other equipment use
  • Courses to train you in process development

We are bringing in lab managers from BETC, LSBC and other local entities to talk science to you and help you get your science developed and baked for commercializtion!


  • Roy Hegedus is a Research Assistant Professor in the WPI Biology and Biotechnology Department
  • Joseph McManus has been the executive associate dean of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts
  • Hans Snyder, President, Histologics and Histology Core Manager at WPI

Roy Hegedus, WPI BETC and Bio Process Lab   Joe McManus, executive associate dean Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Grafton, MA  Hans Snyder Histologics and WPI

Roy Hegedus is a Research Assistant Professor in the WPI Biology and Biotechnology Department and manages the WPI BioProcess Laboratory. Previously, he was a senior scientist at AbbVie Bioresearch Center (formerly Abbott) in Worcester and was involved in protein purification and enzymatic conversion. Roy has experience at both the laboratory scale and the production scale. He has worked in other areas as well: the purification of antibiotic molecules, the development of medical diagnostic devices, the manufacture of continuous fiberglass strands, and the design and operation of chemical plants. Roy’s PhD and BS are in chemical engineering and are from UMass Amherst and Lehigh University, respectively.

Joseph McManus has been the executive associate dean of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University since 2009, managing the school’s financial, entrepreneurial, and many of its administrative activities. He has worked at Tufts since 1982 as the budget and fiscal officer, hospital administrator, and associate dean, prior to his present position.

Joe serves as treasurer of J.M. Holdings, Inc., the Tufts University owned, for-profit development entity creating the Grafton Science Park on Tufts’ Grafton, Massachusetts campus. He is the president of Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment and Specialties, Inc. (Tufts VETS) in Walpole, Massachusetts. Joe also serves on the boards of the Worcester Regional Research Bureau, the Corridor 9 Chamber of Commerce and MassMEDIC.

He earned his B.A. in Economics and Accounting from the College of the Holy Cross and his MBA from Boston University.

Hans Snyder runs Histologistics, a histology laboratory that enjoys helping you get great tissue results. We like to offer a variety of services for short and long-term project management. Services include tissue preparation, paraffin processing, embedding, cutting, cryostat, routine and special stains, antibody discovery, immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence, light, epifluorescence and confocal microscopy.

Hans is also a Histology Core Manager at WPI providing histology services to the research labs at the Life Science & Bioengineering Center, and external parties (fee-based). His principal duties include: Prepare cells and tissues for histological analysis, including fixation, processing, embedding and sectioning, Performing routine histochemical stains (H&E, Masson’s Trichrome, Movat’s Pentachrome, etc.), Developing protocols for non-routine histochemical staining procedures, including fluorescent and substrate-based immunostaining and more.

Committee: Pete Allen, Kryngle Daly, Patti DurrPeter Allen, Kartik Shah, Jerry Shapiro,

Committee Co-Chairs, Jerry Shapiro and Barbara Finer

    Medical Devices, to Biotech, to Pharma and Cell Biology, to eMR, imaging, medical robotics, 510K, FDA   Kryngle Daly, Founder and CEO, KBioBox at TechSandBox  Jerrold Shapiro, PhD FemMedical    Peter Allen   Kartik Shah  Patti Durr, Tri-Star Design      Past Programs                  



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