The Roundup – February 8, 2024

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February 8, 2024
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Welcome Vision Search PartnersVision Search Partners conducts financial searches for life sciences companies throughout the northeast. Their team, which includes a former life sciences CFO with 26 years of industry experience, ensures they understand the unique knowledge and expertise requirements of each position, substantially reducing their clients’ hiring risk. Further, their deep roots and strong professional networks in the marketplace enable them to source candidates in a timely manner. They conduct searches for financial resources on a permanent and interim basis. Learn more
Welcome Alzheimer’s Association, CT ChapterThe Alzheimer’s Association is the largest non-profit funder of research in the world, presently funding more than 1.9M in research right here in Connecticut at Yale and UConn Health. Local studies include looking at alcohol misuse and dementia risk, investigating the connection between depression and dementia and looking to improve the caregiver experience with resources after they take their loved one to the ER. Clinical Trials are for those who are healthy and those who are not, including caregivers, children of those with dementia and those with no memory issues.  Not only are there new treatments available that can change the course of the disease, but there is also new information about lifestyle interventions to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s.  They share the very latest in local and national research advancements to groups and businesses across the state, to make sure everyone is aware of their mission: getting to a world without Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

No one should face Alzheimer’s alone. The Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association offers programs and services, resources and support via phone, zoom and in person. Call the 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 or visit

Submit Nominations For GNHCC’s 2024 Business Leadership AwardsThe Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce invites members to submit nominations for this year’s Business Leadership Awards. The awards will be presented at the 230th Annual Meeting and Business Leadership Awards on April 4, at the OMNI New Haven Hotel at Yale.

Each nominee must be a member of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce. Nominees must have exhibited exceptional business or community leadership skills, noteworthy results, and be an active participant in business and/or community organizations.

Submit your nomination here

ARPA-H Announces Small Business Funding OpportunitiesARPA-H is seeking SBIR proposals that aim to rapidly achieve better health outcomes across patient populations, communities, disease, and health conditions. Awardees will develop groundbreaking new ways to tackle health-related challenges through high-potential, high-impact biomedical and health research.

Proposals in the following areas are invited:

  • Inexpensive plant-based manufacturing of viral vectors for gene therapies
  • LymphoLab ProDiscovery kit
  • Continuous monitoring of vascular health using smart biomimetic implantables
  • Personalized medicine platform for predicting response to immunotherapy
  • Saving baby hearts: Fully autonomous neonatal echocardiography for the diagnosis of critical congenital heart disease
  • Improving identity and access management with clinical context

Please visit their website for more information here. Additionally, you can view the full solicitation here.

Questions are due February 15, with proposals due February 22.

Additionally, ARPA-H has recently launched three new programs that have funding opportunities:

UConn Job Opening: Director Of Venture DevelopmentThe University of Connecticut is looking for a professional who can engage with the startup ecosystem and join their Technology Commercialization Services (TCS) team. Learn more about the job and apply here.
This week my focus is on policy and our Connecticut Rare Disease Forum on March 7th. Our policy focus is in full gear – coming off our Legislative Breakfast two weeks ago our Government Affairs Committee has updated our 2024 Legislative Agenda and armed every legislator in the state before session started yesterday ( Also, today the CEOs of BMS, J&J and Merck are testifying before the Senate HELP committee. We have been working behind the scenes with CT legislators to support these testimonies which will potentially have a huge impact on our entire industry. You can watch the testimonies live here: have companies flying in to take part of the Connecticut Rare Disease Forum. We couldn’t be more excited about the panels convened, the networking opportunities, and highlighting The Jackson Laboratory and Farmington. I am immensely grateful to our sponsors to date, more to be announced soon. Alexion, the most sizeable rare disease company in the state, joined as our premiere sponsor and I am thrilled we have entities such as Trevi Therapeutics, The Tomasso Group, Wiggin and Dana, Elite Limousine, and Biolabs, doing all they can to demonstrate their commitment to rare diseases and Farmington. Every sponsorship counts tremendously, enabling both progress in key areas such as rare diseases and outreach to key stakeholders such as advocates & patients.

— Jodie GillonPresident and CEO
Early Bird prices expire in one month – 2024 BIO International ConventionRegister by March 7 to lock in the discounted early bird rate‌ for the 2024 BIO International Convention. Lock in the lowest prices available by registering now – you’ll save $300 off the standard rate. We look forward to seeing you in San Diego! Register here

BioCT members are invited to register for the CMO Summit 360°® – the premier gathering for biotech Chief Medical Officers worldwide.

As a token of appreciation for your membership with BioCT, we’re pleased to offer an exclusive discount code for 10% off registration: BIOCT10. 

GNHCC Regional Workforce Summit Thursday, February 15, 3:00 – 6:00 pmThe summit will focus on strategies to retain and attract talent to our region. We’re partnering with our local colleges and universities to engage students and businesses for networking…Collaborative Connecticut Thursday, February 15, 5:00 – 7:00 pmJoin us at Da Legna at Nolo for a cash bar, tasty pizza sponsored by ZehnTek, and networking!BIO CEO & Investor Conference Monday, February 26 – Tuesday, February 27Don’t miss one of the largest investor conferences in our industry where institutional investors, industry analysts, and senior executives are shaping the future investment landscape of…Navigating Credits and Incentives: ERC, WOTC, and More – Hosted by CLA Thursday, February 29, 12:00 – 1:00 pmAttend our complimentary webinar as CLA tax professionals show you how to navigate the complex landscape of employment-related tax credits. We’ll cover the employee retention credit…

Register NowRare Disease Day Forum Thursday, March 7, 1:30 – 4:30 pmJoin us for an afternoon of industry-led discussions on innovation in rare disease diagnostics and treatments, along with the promising impact of these advancements on patient outcomes.Yale Innovation Summit Wednesday, May 29 – Thursday, May 30The Yale Innovation Summit convenes the innovation and entrepreneurship community for two days of impactful conversations, purposeful networking, and Yale pitch competition… BIO 2024 International Convention Monday, June 3 – Thursday, June 6The BIO International Convention is the largest and most comprehensive event for biotechnology, representing the full ecosystem of biotech with over 20,000 industry leaders from across the…

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