“The same business climate that is alleged to have driven so many huge companies from [Connecticut] apparently has provided the soil to nurture many small new firms,” says Edison Liu, President and CEO of The Jackson Laboratory.

“But to advance from here, we must foster a nurturing environment where biomedical organizations originating from both within and outside our state will thrive and grow. This means building a statewide innovation ecosystem that is integrated and enabling for businesses and that provides the security, lifestyle and transportation attractive to the entire spectrum of employees in this knowledge-based economy.”