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As Executive Vice President & Life Science Market lead, Mr. Powers is responsible for leveraging his twenty years of life science industry experience to provide best-in-class real estate services.  Mr. Powers specializes in representing tenants, landlords and investors in the leasing and sale of research, development and manufacturing space throughout the region, implementing real estate strategies for organizations and entrepreneurs.
Prior to JLL, Mr. Powers spent 20 years developing real estate strategies for life science organizations, both as the in-house client role and as a service provider.  Most recently, Mr. Powers was Head of Real Estate and Infrastructure Operations & Strategy Program Manager in Merck Millipore’s Biosciences Division; he was responsible for their global real estate portfolio of six million square feet across 41 locations globally.  He led the company’s real estate strategy and transaction management for the North America.   Mr. Powers has worked in the life science industry his entire career; early on he worked for venerated biotech pillars of Genzyme and Genetics Institute, later on for pharmaceutical giant Wyeth prior to founding Chimera Management & Research Institute.

Mr. Powers earned an M.C. Pharmaceutical degree from Temple University, and a B.S. degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology. He is a Licensed Massachusetts Real Estate Salesperson.

▪ 2016 – Appointed Board member The Boston Harbor Association
▪ 2012 – Appointed Board member MGH Cancer Center “One Hundred”
▪ 2010 - Appointed to City of Boston LifeTech Advisory Council
▪ 2007 - Appointed to Economic Development Sub-Committee of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council
▪ 2007 – Appointed to Governor’s Commonwealth Advisory Committee
▪ 2006 – Cambridge Chamber of Commerce – Leadership in Technology Award recipient

CoreNet Global Summit,.  Corporate Real Estate in highly complex life science environments. Atlanta, GA. Presented a paper and talk titled Managing Real Estate, Scientifically: Innovative Approaches in Technical Environments, which presented case studies from Charles River Labs, Wyeth and University of Iowa in which novel and innovative approaches were utilized to create more effective and efficient real estate operations solutions for highly complex and technical work environments.

Tradeline Conference, Leading-edge Management Models for Real Estate Management and Capital Projects, Hilton Head, South Carolina.  Presented a paper and talk titled Case study: Strategic real estate and capital planning for lower operating costs, that described a methodology and case studies from space programming efforts with Wyeth.

Research Animal Care Conference, Boston, MA.  Presented a paper and talk titled Environmental impacts on research subjects in vivaria setting, which presented data outlining the variance of environmental factors, i.e., temperature, humidity, vibration, noise, etc, and the potential impact to research subjects housed in a typical cage rack holding room.  Paper published in Laboratory Animal News.

M.Powers. Driving economic growth in Massachusetts concomitantly addressing the pressing needs of start-up organizations via a self-funded incubator facility. p.012-018. Cambridge, MA. 12June2009. [green paper]

D.Anderson, W.Porter, M.Powers.  Distributed work models in highly complex, technology industries, ameliorating the “lab environment of the future” 2010. p.027-031.  Cambridge, MA. 10August2010. [white paper]

M.Powers. Driving growth and job creation in Massachusetts by leveraging resources from the Commonwealth’s Life Sciences Center and the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council to attract foreign investment. p.007-014. Cambridge, MA. 16May07. [green paper]