Biotech Thriving in Branford


New Haven and Farmington may be the first locations we associate with Connecticut’s biotech industry, but don’t forget Branford, the shoreline town that has quietly added dozens of startup bioscience firms over the last 30 years.

“Historically, Branford has been — in addition to New Haven — a place where bioscience has gotten a foothold.”
 Susan Froshauer, president and CEO of Connecticut bioscience advocate CURE.

Some firms have stayed, some have been acquired, but tangible benefits and a vibrant networking community continue to draw bioscience companies, researchers and industry executives to the small town with a high quality of life:

  • access to I-95 and Metro-North, is near New Haven, and midway between New York City and Boston
  • the lowest property tax rate location of any shoreline town at 26 mills
  • viable resources to process medical waste
  • efficient water and sewer infrastructure
  • more shoreline land than any Connecticut town
  • minimal commuting time – live and work in the same town
  • an economic development team that works with new companies to speed the process of getting established

Branford town government and industry officials also aim to help Connecticut to become a national bioscience hub, and plan to explore collaboration with Farmington’s Jackson Laboratory, a company that seeks to spur statewide industry growth  and extend its role beyond the Hartford area.

Thriving or acquired bioscience businesses in Branford include:

  • Neurogen
  • 454 Life Sciences
  • Skill, a DNA sequencing specialist acquired by Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche
  • CGI Pharmaceuticals, a molecular chemistry business acquired by biopharmaceutical firm Gilead Sciences
  • Marinus Pharmaceuticals, specializing in innovative epilepsy drugs
  • Core Informatics
  • IsoPlexis
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Pfizer spinoff Durata
  • Axerion Therapeutics
  • New England Discovery Partners

Read the full article by Managing Editor Brad Kane in The Hartford Business Journal

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