March 2015 Member News Highlights

CT Tech Industry News

March 2015 Member News Highlights

Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.’s application for asfotase alfa earned FDA priority review attention, after presenting new data at the Endocrine Society’s Annual Meeting. “If approved, asfotase alfa will be the first treatment for patients with HPP, a devastating disease that can result in impaired respiratory function, severe disability and premature death …” said Alexion CEO Leonard Bell. Research showed early, sustained improvements in physical function and muscle strength in [...]

UConn Receives NSF Funding to Create ‘Accelerate UConn’ Program

UConn‘s Cell & Genome Sciences building will house Accelerate UConn, a new program for entrepreneurs and innovators that was recently awarded $300K by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This also designates UConn as an I-Corps Site (academic institutions that engage multiple, local teams in order to transfer technology to the business world.) Co-developed by Jeff Seemann, Vice President for Research, and Timothy Folta, Faculty Director of the [...]

January 2015 Member News Highlights

Comcast has announced that Mary McLaughlin, SVP of the Western England Region, has again been recognized as one of the most powerful women in the cable industry by CableFAX: The Magazine. In 2008, Mary also received this Award. Mary oversees operations, network development and customer service at Comcast. Datto Backup is one of the member companies selected by Connecticut Magazine for the 2015 class of “40 under [...]

Connecticut’s Investment in an Expanding Tech Ecosystem

Connecticut is gaining a reputation for its growing tech ecosystem in diverse areas including biomechanics, advanced materials, optics, alternative energy, drug development and manufacturing technology. What’s behind this? Strong collaborative relationships between innovative entrepreneurs, universities and large companies with specialized resources. For example: At the University of Connecticut, Eric Sirois, Ph.D, Biomedical Engineering founded Dura BioTech at the UConn Technology Incubator Program, and has received $400,000 in awards including a federal [...]

UConn Health Partners with JAX Geonomic Medicine

The October 2014 opening of the $135 million Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine at UConn Health Center‘s Farmington campus heralds a bright outlook for Connecticut’s bioscience industry (and it is just one of many projects in motion, including Cell and Genome startups). Genomics is an emerging extension of genetics that examines genetic material as an entire system, enabling scientists to explore gene-by-gene in search of [...]

Connecticut Named A Top 5 Fuel Cell State

CCAT, CT Hydrogen-Fuel Cell Coalition and others cited in the U.S. Department of Energy report for helping to drive fuel cell technology development in the state. HARTFORD, Conn.  – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced Connecticut has once again been recognized as a fuel cell leader, ranking as one of the top five states by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in its recent report State of [...]

The United Illuminating Company Overseeing Bridgeport’s Renewable Energy Park

The United Illuminating Company (UI) of Orange is overseeing Bridgeport’s Renewable Energy Park project, while last year, Fuel Cell Energy of Danbury launched the largest fuel cell power station in the U.S. Just two reasons why Connecticut is ranked one of the nation’s top five states in the use of fuel cells and power source development. Construction on Bridgeport’s Green Energy Park will begin shortly under UI’s management, creating clean energy through fuel-cells [...]

Mining Connecticut’s Patented Tech Gems

East Hartford’s IP Factory is identifying Connecticut’s undeveloped but viable patented technologies with the potential to add jobs and boost the state’s economy, and putting them to work. In a recent Hartford Business Journal article by Matt Pilon, IP Factory’s CEO Chris Kalish confirmed his conviction that Connecticut has a number of patented technologies waiting to be discovered; projects that are often shelved for budgetary reasons, [...]

December 2014 Member News Highlights

The Institute of Technology and Business Development (ITBD) at Central Connecticut State University has hired Jessica Skuby as its new Director of Business Development. In addition to promoting the ITBD’s variety of corporate services, she will be charged with expanding ITBD’s presence in New Haven and Fairfield counties. Oxford Performance Materials in South Windsor has won a $150K grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), [...]

November 2014 Member News Highlights

Core Informatics of Branford is on a hiring binge, after receiving a $2.75 million subsidized loan, a $250,000 grant from Connecticut Innovations, and $5 million from venture capital investors. While being interviewed for a story in the Hartford Courant, Josh Geballe, CEO of Core Informatics, said state money makes it more likely that biotech companies will succeed. “I think we have the opportunity in Connecticut to [...]