The Roundup – March 6, 2024

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March 6, 2024
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Welcome Alpha-1 FoundationThe Alpha-1 Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (Alpha-1) and to improving the lives of people affected by Alpha-1 worldwide. To date, the Foundation has invested more than $ 97 million into research and related programs. For more information or to get involved, click here.
Three chances to share your idea and compete for $350k in prizes and awardsSince 2015, the Yale Innovation Summit has been bringing together innovators, ideas, and investors, leading to the formation of dozens of startups and the investment of millions of dollars in venture capital.

You are invited to submit your innovation to be featured at the Yale Innovation Summit, with an anticipated audience of more than 2,000 founders, industry partners, and investors.

The Connecticut General Assembly has less than 50 days of session remaining.  Several legislative committees are beginning to hit their final deadlines for voting on bills. The Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee and the Appropriations Committee have the latest deadlines ending respectively on April 4th and April 5th. The legislature will be having session more frequently with one scheduled on May 25th.  Mid-April through adjournment on May 8th will be busy with session days to take final action on bills.The Commerce Committee held a public hearing on a number of bills including SB 379 AN ACT INCREASING THE RATE OF THE CREDIT REFUND VALUE FOR CERTAIN EXPENDITURES BY BIOTECHNOLOGY COMPANIES. Following is a link to the bill 2024SB-00379-R00-SB.PDF (

I provided testimony on SB 379 and answered questions from the committee Chairs. Following is a link to the testimony provided 2024SB-00379-R000314-Gillon, Jodie, President – CEO-BioCT-Supports-TMY.PDF

Both Chairs of the Commerce Committee mentioned another bill that they were working on SB 250 AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE GLOBAL ENTREPRENEUR IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM. This bill would allow the University of Connecticut to develop a three-year pilot program, which will be known as the “Global Entrepreneur in Residence Program” for resident entrepreneurs to be employed on a part-time basis by a resident entrepreneur employer. Testimony will be submitted in support of this bill.

Other bills that BioCT provided testimony on are:

  • Testimony for the Appropriations Committee in Support of the Roberta Willis Scholarship Program
— Jodie Gillon
President and CEO
Apply Now –  Boehringer Ingelheim Office HoursBoehringer Ingelheim Office Hours offers a unique chance for small companies to engage in open dialogue with industry experts. The consultative ’round table’ environment provides the setting to gain insights and feedback in a ‘no strings attached’ setting.

To apply for a tailored one-hour session, share a non-confidential pitch deck along with up to five (5) questions about your program(s) and company to

Application Deadline: April 8

Collaborative CT: March 2024 
TODAY, March 21, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
​Join us for Collaborative CT on March 21 at Il Gabbiano on Long Wharf from 4:30pm – 6:30pm for a cash bar, delicious appetizers sponsored by the Greater New Haven…

Advancing Leadership Through Mentoring – Hosted by EWIB 
Monday, March 25, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for a mentoring and networking event co-hosted by Mentorship, Advisors, Peers, and Sponsorship (MAPS) and Executive Women In Bio (EWIB). Our speaker Usha Pillai…

Meet with State Comptroller Sean Scanlon and Connecticut Business Day – Hosted by GNHCC 
Tuesday, March 26, 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Comptroller Scanlon will meet with Chamber members for a robust discussion about his Office’s priorities, our state’s finances and budget, the small business retirement savings…

Rapid Formulation Development Webinar Series – Hosted by FreeThink Technologies 
Tuesday, March 26, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
What you will learn: The Target Product Profile (TPP) concept and its importance for clarifying objectives in the drug product development pipeline. Practical strategies for…

Strategies for Retaining Top Talent – Hosted by CLA 
Thursday, March 28, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Talent retention must be a continuous focus and effort — and is a concern for many organizations. Join our complimentary webinar where will we explore strategies to help….

How to Advocate for Yourself – Hosted by WEST
Thursday, March 28, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
We negotiate every day. At work we negotiate not just our jobs and salaries, but research priorities, budgets, staffing, deliverables and time tables. At home some of us negotiate…

230th Annual Meeting & Business Leadership Awards – Hosted by GNHCC 
Thursday, April 4, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The 230th Annual Meeting of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, combined with our Business Leadership Awards & Cocktail Reception, will be the momentous…

“Inside the Veil” of Cell and Rare Disease Therapies and Business Development Evaluations – Hosted by Yale Ventures 
Thursday, April 4, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
With continuing strong investor interest in cell therapies and rare diseases, are they all attractive for biotechs and venture capital?  What factors are executives and investors…

GPS Your Career: Know Your Why – Hosted by WEST
Thursday, April 4, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
When it comes to your career, are you traveling on the path you intended? For many of us, our work life has changed in ways we would not have anticipated. It is natural to pause…

Accelerate Your Career Through Personal Branding and Marketing Yourself – Hosted by WEST
Wednesday, April 10, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
When we use the term “marketing”, most people think of products, services, and commodities. How about ourselves – marketing our talents, accomplishments, and value…

WIB-Connecticut: Three Year Anniversary Party! 
Wednesday, April 10, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Happy Anniversary WIB-Connecticut! We are excited to invite you to come celebrate our third year of the Connecticut Women In Bio chapter. So much has happened this past…

Annual Meeting of the New England Association of Parasitologists (NEAP) 2024 – Hosted by UConn 
Saturday, April 13, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
The 29th Annual Meeting of the New England Association of Parasitologists (NEAP) will take place on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at UConn Health. We are “a dedicated…

Celebration of The Life Center of Connecticut, Inc. – Hosted by Youth Challenge of CT
Friday, April 19, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Please join the Youth Challenge of CT as they reflect on our past achievements, highlight the exciting endeavors that lie ahead, and express gratitude to the remarkable…

CLA’s 2024 Economic Outlook — Second Quarter Update 
Wednesday, April 24, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The CLA 2024 Outlook series provides key insights to help both business owners and individuals develop sound financial strategies.

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ABCT Pitch Day 2024 
Thursday, May 9, 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join an audience of entrepreneurs, investors, corporate sponsors, and other members of the life sciences ecosystem to see the ventures from the 7th annual cohort of the Accelerator for…

Yale Innovation Summit 
Wednesday, May 29 – Thursday, May 30
Connecticut’s biggest entrepreneurship event, convening innovators, investors, and industry for panels, speakers, and networking in the arts, biotech, climate, health, and tech.

2024 BIO International Convention 
Monday, June 3 – Thursday, June 6
The 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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