Last week, from June 15-18, the Philadelphia Convention Center was Connecticut’s playing field for spreading biology-oriented entrepreneurial ideas. Biotechnology companies from all over the state displayed materials at the booth to expand partnerships and share their knowledge with interested associates.

The CURE team would like to thank all of our poster presenters for their time and wisdom. These companies and their presenters include the following: Uday Khire with Allomek; Bijan Almassain with Aria Neurosciences, Ann Marie Rossi with Arvinas; Chris McLeod with Axiomx; Marcia Fournier with BioArray Therapeutics; Tom Gerson and Bijan Almassain with Carogen; Uday Khire with CheminPharma; Jun Xu with CURE’s China Portal; Kim Kelly with the CURE Commons; Eric Sirois with Dura Biotech; Monika Weber with Fluid-Screen; Wendy Davis with Gestvision; Jun Xu with HLK Pharmaceuticals; Sean Mackay with Isoplexis; Nicole Wagner with LambdaVision; Annabelle Rodriguez with Lipid Genomics, Todd Arnold with Mt. Sinai; Frank McKeon with MultiClonal Therapeutics; Karen Woodward with UCONN TIP; and Clay Larson with Vesselon.

Many other partners also dedicated their resources to the group effort: Connecticut Innovations, the Department of Economic and Community Development, Eric Knight, Intensity Therapeutics, the Angel Investor Forum, Jackson Laboratory, Lab Candy, Melinta, Nature’s Fingerprint, New England Discovery Partners, Novatract, the Refinery, Shipman & Goodwin, the Town of Branford, UCONN, Wiggin & Dana, the Yale entrepreneurial Institute, Yale Office of Collaborative Research. A special thank you to all who helped to bring the booth together!

One purpose of the BIO convention was to make connections and partnerships. Among those present at the convention, we met lots of great new potential partners from other states and countries. Some of the companies we have connected with include Aurigene, Berkley Life Sciences, BioXcel, Contamination Prevention Technologies, Commissioning Agents Inc., Foley Hoag, Growth Technical Staffing, Ho’ikeTech, Integrated Resources Inc., and Nikon Instruments Inc. Contact us today to find out how you can become a member.

Each day of the convention, we raffled off special items to those willing to participate in a brief survey provided by Connecticut Innovations, which strived to identify where people get their best ideas. In no surprise to CURE members, by far the best source of creative ideas came via conversations, highlighting the role of collaboration in successful Bioscience endeavors. The raffle was also open to any convention participant interested in our mailing list or becoming a member with CURE. As it happened, Yiwei “Kevin” Jia, Ph.D. from Olympus Scientific Solutions received a Microsoft Surface 3 Tablet. A great prize! Ann Marie Rossi, a research scientist from Arvinas was drawn to win a Lab Candy kit complete with art materials and fashionable pink lab goggles. Lastly, but certainly not least, Jocelyne Modine from Women in BIO won a UCONN bag full of knick-knacks that included a plush Husky mascot! Congratulations to all of the lucky winners!

Overall, the BIO convention was a great success. We are already planning for BIO 2016 in San Francisco! For pictures and updates, please visit out Facebook and Twitter accounts.