The Commons Welcomes 2 New Advisory Committee Members:

The Commons Advisory Board is expanded by:

David Wurzer, Executive Vice President, and Chief Investment Officer at Connecticut Innovations.


Paul Begin, Vice President Global Real Estate, and Facilities Management at Alexion Pharmaceuticals.


The Commons Advisory Committee brings expertise, advice, and support to the community and also links The Commons’ progress, strategy, and planning back to the CURE Board of Directors. Other members include, Stanley Choy, M.B.A., C.P.A., Entrepreneur, Co-Chair of the CURE Board and Treasurer, Peter Farina, Ph.D, Executive in Residence at Canaan Partners and Co-Chair of the CURE Board, Susan Froshauer, Ph.D, President & CEO of CURE, Frank Marco, J.D., Special Counsel and Partner at Wiggin and Dana and Harry Penner, Jr., J.D., LL.M., Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of New Haven Pharmaceuticals.
Two New Sponsors at The Commons:
Thanks to our two newest sponsors the BSL-2 Stem/Tissue Culture Shared Laboratory will be outfitted with new equipment, training, expertise, donated consumables and discounts for Innovators at The Commons.  BrandTech Scientific, Inc. out of Essex, CT donated two BVC Fluid Aspiration Systems and two accu-jet pro pipette controllers and Biological Industries (BI-USA) of Cromwell, CT is donating their expertise to set up the laboratory, wet-lab training programs, consumable/cells/media donations as well as discounts to Innovators at The Commons.

Thames River Innovation Places Grant Opportunity:

CURE Innovation Commons and SPARK Makerspace are co-leading the effort to apply for a grant from CTNext (  The opportunity for Groton and New London to work together to be officially designated as one of the Innovation Places in the State of CT.  The state has created this program in which as much as $4.9M per year will be allocated over the next 5 years with a limited number of Innovation Places.  This grant money would help our community make investments to attract and retain talent which in turn will create new businesses and jobs for all skill levels.

The process is in two parts.  There is a smaller planning grant to develop a master plan and the full grant for an Innovation Place Designation and a minimum of $250,000/yr for 5 yrs.

We can strengthen our planning grant application by raising matching funds.  The state will award up to $50,000 for this planning phase and we are trying to raise an additional $50,000 for a full match.

We are asking you to show your support by making a financial or in-kind donation towards this project – all tax deductible.  Please as soon as possible visit to show the state of CT that you support the idea of the Thames River becoming an Innovation Place!

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Upcoming Events & Activities:

September 15th at 7:30am:  
The Commons hosts the monthly Groton Business Association Meeting (GBA) – learn more about CURE, Innovation Place Grant Application, and tours. Learn More Here.

September 20th at 5:00pm:
What is the Story of Place? Meet Bill Reed from Regenesis. Curious about Innovation Places at the mouth of the Thames and want to learn more about the Story of Place process? Register Here.
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October 20th at 4:30pm:  

Thirsty Thursdays -Thirsty for networking, knowledge or a cold beverage?  Join us at The Commons for a series of networking events with executives who have started businesses in CT.

In the News:

New London, Groton groups collaborating in bid for Innovation Places designation, The Day, August 30th, 2016

Innovation Place Initiative Gains Support, The Day, August 31, 2016

To learn more, contact Kim Kelly,, or visit, for facility details, on- site services, sponsor opportunities, and application details.