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UConn’s growing incubator space aims to yield breakthroughs, jobs

Less than a year after opening its doors, the University of Connecticut’s Cell and Genome Sciences Building in Farmington has filled its 4,500 square feet of incubator space.

With about eight companies now operating in the 117,000 square foot state-of-the-art research facility — and more knocking on the door — it’s a sign, school officials say, that the region can become a hub for bioscience, luring tech startups and entrepreneurs who want to collaborate with researchers at the UConn Health Center…

Matthew Nemerson, president and CEO of the Connecticut Technology Council, said every region in the country — other than Boston, Silicon Valley, and San Diego — is trying to figure out how to create the right mix of academic, venture capital and entrepreneurs to create a vibrant bioscience corridor.

Nemerson said Connecticut has strong building blocks, which will be bolstered by the UConn Health Center project, but to create a critical mass the state will have to attract more top researchers and entrepreneurs.

The venture funding typically follows after that. “It’s not just enough for us to be a player in New England,” Nemerson said. “You have to be a player globally to attract capital.”

Keep an eye on Malloy's plans to revamp the UConn Health Center!

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