On July 22nd, 2014, over 80 people from the Connecticut bioscience community gathered at the town of Branford for the CURE Bioscience ClubhouseCT “Meet and Greet” event, which featured eight Branford-based bioscience companies.
Susan Froshauer, CEO of CURE, Usha Pillai, founder of the Bioscience ClubhouseCT, together with James Cosgrove, First Selectman of Branford, delivered the opening remarks. Froshauer and Pillai welcomed the attendees and described the CURE Bioscience ClubhouseCT’s mission of cultivating entrepreneurship and developing the start-up ecosystem in Connecticut. Cosgrove introduced the vibrant business environment in Branford and invited companies to move in to the town.
Eight speakers then showcased their companies. The presenters and their companies included:
- Sean Mackay, Co-founder and CEO of IsoPlexis
- Josh Geballe, CEO of Core Informatics
- Uday Khire, Founder and CEO of Cheminpharma
- Amanda Hayward, Senior VP of Axerion Therapeutics
- Wallace Pringle, Senior Chemistry Director of Forma Therapeutics
- Marsha Roach, EVP of PhoenixSongs Biologicals
- Todd Arnold, Managing Director of Mount Sinai Genetic Testing Lab
- Christopher McLeod, CEO of AxioMx
State Representative Lonnie Reed delivered the closing remarks. She emphasized the importance of creating high tech jobs and developing a stronger Connecticut bioscience community.
The event ended with a high energy-filled networking session. People enjoyed food catered by local Branford restaurant Marco’s Pizza and beers from three local breweries Stonycreek, Thimble Island and DuVig.
CURE Bioscience ClubhouseCT not only helps entrepreneurs in Connecticut, but also attracts start-up companies from neighboring states. A biotech entrepreneur from Rhode Island said he was giving serious consideration to moving his business to CT. He said, “CT is serious about business development and facilitating this sector of the economy.”
We would like to express our gratitude to the Economic Development Commission of Branford for sponsoring this event. Many thanks to all the people who have devoted their time and effort into making this event happen. Our special thanks go to Terry Elton and Dan Cosgrove. Looking forward to seeing you all at our next event.
By Shannon Rao,
Business Development Assistant, CURE
– Testimonials –
“What a great event, especially for the middle of the summer! The enthusiasm of every speaker for their business was obvious. I really appreciate the work that CURE is doing to encourage and assist the tech community. Keep up the good work!”