Moderna’s Hiring Spree, LEGO’s HQ Move, and More Boston Tech News

Catch up on the Boston tech news you may have missed last week.

Written by Jeff Rumage
Published on Jan. 30, 2023
Moderna’s Hiring Spree, LEGO’s HQ Move, and More Boston Tech News
A vial of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine.
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The Boston tech scene received several doses of good news last week, including massive job announcements from Moderna and The LEGO Group. Keep reading to learn about the new offices, fresh funding and leadership appointments that made the headlines last week. This is the Built In Boston Weekly Refresh.

The LEGO Group announced a move to Boston. The Denmark-based company, which opened a Back Bay office for its LEGO Education division in 2016, announced last week that it will relocate its U.S. headquarters from Enfield, Connecticut to Boston starting in mid-2025. The 740 full-time employees in Connecticut will receive relocation assistance if they choose to move to the new Boston headquarters. The exact location of the new office has not been decided. [Built In Boston]

Paperless Parts moved into a bigger office. Paperless Parts has developed a proprietary geometric analysis engine that helps manufacturers generate quotes and cost estimates for customers. The company, which grew 86 percent last year to 154 employees, recently moved out of its West End office and into a 25,000-square-foot downtown space that is triple the size of its old office. [Built In Boston]

Moderna announced plans to hire 2,000 people this year. The Cambridge biotech firm best known for its messenger RNA research and its rapid development of a Covid-19 vaccine, told the Boston Business Journal it will increase its global headcount from 4,000 to 6,000 this year and that most of those new hires will be based at the company’s facilities in Cambridge and Norwood. The jobs will be spread across clinical development, digital, commercial and manufacturing. [Boston Business Journal]

Boston Tech Quote of the Week

“Methane is an invisible gas — customers love the Kuva solution because it is intuitive to use, comprehensive and does not provide false alerts.” — Kuva CEO Stefan Bokaemper

Kuva Systems raised $11.3M. Methane may be invisible, but Cambridge-based Kuva Systems has found a way to detect the greenhouse gas using short-wave infrared cameras. The company places these cameras at the site of oil and natural gas facilities and notifies its clients when it detects a methane leak. Kuva Systems plans to expand its presence with the help of its recent Series B financing round. [Built In Boston]

Nasuni Corp. appointed a new CRO. The Boston-based provider of file data services hired Pete Agresta to oversee its sales, strategic alliances and channel programs. Before joining Nasuni, Agresta was the vice president of enterprise sales at Pure Storage and the CRO at LookingGlass Cyber Solutions. Agresta’s appointment comes during a period of growth for Nasuni, which surpassed $100 million in annual revenue last year. [Nasuni]

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