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March 2021 | Issue 27

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BioCT Statement Opposes Pharma Price Controls

Following Governor Lamont’s budget address to members of the General Assembly, BioCT’ issued the following statement.

Imposing arbitrary mandates on biopharmaceutical innovation, especially in the midst of the worst public health crisis Connecticut and the country have seen in a lifetime, can dry up investment into early stage companies who are innovators in the development of health solutions, and potentially risk lives.

The Connecticut bioscience industry has again shown its critical importance this year, and as we emerge from this pandemic, stifling research and development—which this proposal will do—puts the public and the lives of patients, living with some of the most complex diseases, at risk, not to mention our preparedness for the next pandemic. more


UConn Grows in Stamford with New Data Science Incubator

The University of Connecticut announced the opening of a data science technology incubator in Stamford, the state’s fastest growing city. The 5,685 square-foot facility at 9 West Broad Street adds to UConn’s existing Technology Incubation Program (TIP) locations on the main campus in Storrs and at UConn Health in Farmington.

“We are focused on attracting, supporting, and growing early- to mid-stage startup companies in any data science related field, through the creation of a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem connected to the world-class research capabilities at UConn,” says Radenka Maric, UConn’s vice president for research, innovation and entrepreneurship. “Thanks to the vibrancy of the business community in Stamford and UConn’s strengths in data science and innovation, we’re confident that TIP Stamford will become an engine for new company and job creation.” more


Women in Bio Announces Connecticut Chapter

The Women in Bio board of directors voted unanimously to grant chapter status to the vibrant WIB-Connecticut community. Formerly an extension of the WIB-Metro New York chapter, this region met all requirements to become an official chapter of WIB and was granted full chapter status by the board.

“I am very excited to welcome the Connecticut chapter into WIB,” said President and Board Chair, Kayla Valdes, Ph.D. “The Connecticut life sciences ecosystem has affirmed its footing in the biotech community, and the women who will be leading this new chapter have worked tirelessly to build a strong community of life science leaders with a bright future.”

Chapter details, click here.  Leadership team, click here.

For more industry news, click here to visit BioCT's newsroom.

Yale Innovation Summit, May 18th - May 21st

The Yale Innovation Summit is the largest entrepreneurship event on campus, and the largest gathering of venture capital investors in Connecticut. Over 100 startups founded by Yale biotech and tech innovators are joined by top ventures from around the state to pitch their ideas in a ”Shark Tank” format to prospective industry partners and investors. The Yale Innovation Summit offers unparalleled networking, education, and inspiration to the entire entrepreneurial ecosystem.  For details, agenda and registration, click here.


StemCONN 2021, April 1st & 8th 

Connecticut’s premier conference on stem cell and regenerative medicine research will highlight cutting-edge research advancements, while providing a forum for discussion among scientists, policy makers, and bioscience industry partners that will advance knowledge and foster new collaborations.

The virtual conference will feature world-renowned speakers, networking and poster sessions, student meet-the-speaker opportunities, and a special Commercialization & Translation session. Registration includes access to the event for both days. For details, speakers and registration, click here.

Optimizing Tax Credits for Life Science
& Biotech Companies

Companies in the Life Science & Biotechnology space are at the center of innovation. Innovation requires research, which stimulates job growth and capital investment. Due to its positive economic impact, Congress and 36 state governments incentivize research to be performed within the U.S., offering tax credits which may offset tax liability and, in some cases, generate refund opportunities. more

Preparing for a Pharma/Biotech IPO

Are you involved with a pharma/biotech company whose investors are starting to talk about taking the company public? These companies face many common challenges related to finance, accounting, IT infrastructure and project planning. So read on if you want to see what to expect over the next 12-18 months… it is likely to be a wild ride! more

Dicerna Pharmaceuticals Case Study 

Strategic Spaces is the office furniture provider for many Life Science companies throughout New England. They partner with each client to ensure that furniture solutions are flexible and meet their business goals.

In this case study, Strategic Spaces shares how they partnered with Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, to ensure that the furniture solutions provided support their unique culture. Click here for details.

Aon Cyber Solutions Launches.
Cyber Threat Intelligence Subscription Service 

The subscription service includes an annual report and eleven monthly intelligence updates. The service is specifically tailored toward this sector, providing more focused and relevant intelligence and allows companies to proactively learn from case studies to protect their equities. 

The annual reports contains an overview on the cyber threat landscape relevant to the BioTech/Pharma Industry, including attack vectors, threat actors, current trends, relevant case studies, and mitigation recommendations. The monthly updates synthesize recent cyber incidents affecting the BioTech/Pharma sector, findings from the deep/dark web, the latest tactics and techniques, as well as significant IOCs.  The product is specifically tailored toward this sector, providing more focused and relevant intelligence for your unique needs, and allows you to proactively learn from case studies to protect your equities. For more information, click here.

Connecticut: Where Science Lives

Connecticut Innovations (CI), the state's strategic venture capital arm, has announced a new effort to promote Connecticut’s life sciences ecosystem.

The effort, “Connecticut: Where Science Lives,” highlights the life sciences opportunities in Connecticut and attracts new businesses to the state, while supporting existing businesses. Designed by Primacy, a full-service digital experience agency located in Farmington, the integrated marketing campaign includes a dedicated website; traditional, digital and out of home (OOH) advertising; and social media outreach.

It was prompted by state legislation passed in 2018 to position Connecticut as a leader in life sciences. 

New Business Tools and Features Now Available

Recent enhancements to are designed to make it easier to find the information and services needed for businesses to launch or continue to grow. New features include:

  • Customizable Resource Center: Centralizes 170 different programs providing financial, technical, and equity-based support for business owners in any stage of their business lifecycle. 
  • Business Dashboard: Users will see a dynamic, content-rich dashboard that cuts down on the time needed to find crucial business information, link companies to state compliance needs, and equip business owners with vital, time-sensitive alerts that can impact their business.
  • Connecticut COVID-19 Content: Users will find the latest updates on the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes point-of-time data with direct access points for deeper exploration of vaccination numbers, positive cases, business and employer resources, and official state guidance.

The Department of Energy & Environmental Protection ('DEEP') has launched the Client Concierge Service, a central point of contact that guides applicants through the environmental permitting and review process. The service is available to all businesses, but is particularly helpful for organizations managing complex, multiple-permit projects.

New England Edge delivers highly competitive discounts, exclusive program perks, and premier customer  service on lab and office supplies.

Veolia Environmental Services provides a complete range of services for customers needing to dispose of hazardous waste, non-hazardous waste, as well as low-level radioactive waste. We offer a full array of capabilities and facilities conveniently located to you.

Our parent, Veolia Environment, and its affiliates provide industrial cleaning services, solid waste services, waste to energy services, hazardous waste management and water treatment—the full spectrum of environmental services. Environmental sustainability is a key initiative both here in the US and globally, and Veolia Environment is a leader in reconciling economic effectiveness, environmental performance and social responsibility.

COMPLIANCE, SAFETY and VALUE are three words that describe the newly introduced VEOLIA EZwaste Solvent Waste System. Exclusive preferred rates for BioCT members. Call your Veolia customer service liaison today at 800-354-2382.

Contract Highlights:

  • All-inclusive resource for transportation, disposal, training and regulatory guidance related to all types of hazardous, non-hazardous, regulated medical waste, and low-level radioactive materials.
  • Discounted pricing on drums, packaging materials, lab packs, labor rates, and customer training. BioCT members save up to 33% off of the standard rates and service fees.
  • Rebates paid annually for companies with a certain volume in a calendar year.
  • Free estimates, EH&S consulting, and RCRA / DOT training seminars.
  • Comprehensive recycling program.

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