That news article is seven years old. Although it makes a big deal about embryonic stem cells, that may be due to the topic still being much in the news at the time. Just a year before, President Bush had used the first veto in his presidency to kill a proposed law which expanded funding for ESC research. And his decision early in his first term to sharply curb ESC was a controversy throughout his presidency.
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Initiative, which was proposed by Gov. Patrick, covers the entire spectrum of life-science investment. A 2012 report by a non-profit foundation determined that a wide variety of areas have received funding, including:
Medicinal and Botanical Manufacturing
Irradiation Apparatus Manufacturing
Dental Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
Research and Development in Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
Here are a few of the specific grants:
$750,000 to Allurion of Wellesley for developing a novel medical device for inducing weight loss in obese patients
$14.3 million to help build the Framingham Wastewater and Pumping Station that will allow bioscience firms to operate in that community
$5.1 million in grants to early career investigators working in research institutions
All that out of the way, I know nothing about Gov. Patrick, or his chances to become president, or whether he is worse than the other candidates.