April 2015 Member News Highlights

Hartford Steam Boiler (HSB), part of Munich Re, has invested in Waygum, Inc., a tech startup with a mobile app platform for the Industrial Internet of Things that captures and visualizes critical data for predicting equipment loss and optimizing business performance. This first in a series of planned investments by HSB’s corporate venture capital group targets companies working in such areas as the Industrial Internet of Things, cybersecurity and energy that support its strategy of combining advanced technology with equipment insurance and engineering resources.

Cantor Colburn LLP was recently ranked 10th among all U.S. law firms for patents issued in the prior year – its fifth straight year in the top 10. For design patents alone, Cantor Colburn ranks 6th. In addition, in March, the firm won a patent trial on behalf of its client, Dr. Reddy’s, which had been accused of infringing on sleep aid patents. The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey invalidated all three patents.

NexGen Public Safety Solutions of East Haven is proud to announce that Norwalk Police retiree Dave Wrinn has joined the team as Chief Information Security Officer. A 31-year veteran and Deputy Chief of the Norwalk Police Department, Dave will begin the next chapter of his career with NexGen.

Connecticut Innovations (CI) awarded $954,000 in bioscience funding to Dr. Dianqing Wu, Yale School of Medicine, for development of an antibody approach to treat colorectal cancer, and to Dr. Robert Clark, UConn Health Center, for a multiple sclerosis blood-based biomarker diagnostic test – potentially the first to definitively diagnose MS. Margaret Cartiera, CI’s director of bioscience initiatives, seeks to target CT’s strongest early stage research and to “ … encourage submissions from startups, nonprofit organizations and academic institutions”. Read more.

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