- Associated Press - Sunday, January 4, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - Outgoing Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray says she is launching a private nonprofit organization for international promotion of Massachusetts businesses after she leaves office this week.

Murray said Sunday her organization Mass-Ignite - or Massachusetts International Growth Network for Innovation, Trade and the Economy - will provide a local platform for international partnerships, research and development and market expansion.

Murray said she has worked in office to promote the state’s emerging business sectors internationally, and hopes to continue those efforts with “deliberate, focused relationship building and diplomacy.”

Murray said among the sectors Mass-Ignite will focus on are health care technology, life sciences, medical devices, big data, renewable energy and marine technology. It will provide information-sharing and networking, as well as incubator and startup assistance.

The Plymouth Democrat did not seek re-election. Her term ends Wednesday.

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