Companies like Dura Biotech are part of UConn’s Technology Incubation Program, which offers startup companies access to university facilities. The program started in 2004 and provides incubator space to more than 20 companies at its campuses in Storrs, Farmington and Avery Point.

Four years ago, the program added an internship program after Caroline Dealy — an associate professor at UConn Health and a co-founder of TIP startup Chondrogenics — saw the startups as a great place for university students to enhance their education through work and research.

The internship program connects TIP companies with qualified students and recruits them for part-time work.