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UConn Grad Starts Medical Device Company

While most people in college dorm rooms spend their time daydreaming about the weekend, Joshua Aferzon spent his time dreaming up plans for his first medical device company. The UConn grad starts medical device company Orthozon in short order.

Orthozon Technologies L.L.C., founded by the 2011 University of Connecticut graduate, is quickly gaining momentum in the medical device field.

The company launched its first minimally invasive tool for spine surgeons in March and already the tool is being used in four Connecticut hospitals. In June Aferzon plans to position the tool in four additional states, and within his first year he expects to be running a more-than $1 million company with a developing portfolio of tools.

As his company grows, Aferzon said it is important to him to be able to contribute to the state’s economy and hire more employees.

“I grew up here. So for me, this state is very close to heart,” he said, adding that he surveyed what other states had to offer and came away impressed with Connecticut’s business incentive packages. Aferzon has also been an active member of the Stamford entrepreneurship community, leasing a private suite at the Stamford Innovation Center.

“Other states didn’t show as much interest in me as Connecticut did,” he said. “It’s helped me out a lot. …It’s a wonderful opportunity to be here, growing. I’m happy to be here.”

The full text of the Fairfield County Business Journal article by Jennifer Bissel can be read here.

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