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Endowments and sponsorships are a valuable way to connect and grow The Commons. Your support creates opportunities to nurture local entrepreneurs, science and technology start-ups, community and educational initiatives and elevate the visibility of the talent in Southeast Connecticut.

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Founding Sponsors

Our Founding Sponsors together provide an exceptional foundation of intellectual capital and service infrastructure at The Commons. We are extremely grateful for their financial generosity and many in-kind, material and resource donations.

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Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), through its subsidiaries, is one of the nation’s leading suppliers of industrial, medical and specialty gases, and hardgoods, such as welding equipment and related products. Airgas is a leading U.S. producer of atmospheric gases with 16 air separation plants, a leading producer of carbon dioxide, dry ice, and nitrous oxide, one of the largest U.S. suppliers of safety products, and a leading U.S. supplier of refrigerants, ammonia products, and process chemicals. More than 16,000 employees work in approximately 1,100 locations, including branches, retail stores, gas fill plants, specialty gas labs, production facilities and distribution centers. Airgas also markets its products and services through e-Business, catalog and telesales channels. Its national scale and strong local presence offer a competitive edge to its diversified customer base. Airgas was founded in 1982 by Executive Chairman Peter McCausland with the purchase of Connecticut Oxygen Corporation in Stratford, CT.

American Laboratory Trading

American Laboratory Trading (ALT) provides asset management services and high-quality refurbished laboratory equipment to thousands of clients in the life sciences, from academia to industry. As the largest supplier of premium used lab equipment in North America, ALT stocks more than 12,000 instruments, ranging from benchtop accessories to robust triple quad mass spectrometers.

ALT is also a trusted provider of laboratory asset management services, helping companies and research institutions to safely dispose of and recycle their surplus laboratory equipment while maximizing their return on investment.

With sales, service, and warehouse facilities in Connecticut and Southern California, American Laboratory Trading offers equipment and services from coast to coast and around the world, serving customers in more than 60 countries.

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Cantor Colburn LLP

Cantor Colburn, the fastest growing patent law firm in the United States over the last 10 years (Juristat), offers the full range of intellectual property services to clients around the world, including patent, trademark, and copyright portfolio development and management, litigation, and transactional services.

Our pharmaceutical and life sciences attorneys handle litigation, patent prosecution, inter partes reviews and other Patent Office review proceedings, opinions, landscapes, competitive intelligence, licensing and other transactional services, portfolio management, and more. Our attorneys have extensive experience in a wide variety of pharmaceutical and life science technologies including chemistry, biochemistry, organic chemistry, pharmaceuticals including small molecule, pharmaceuticals, proteins, peptides, nucleic acids, biopharmaceuticals, bioinformatics, personalized medicine, polymorphs, pharmaceutical, formulations, methods of treatment, methods of manufacture, diagnostic methods, molecular biology, materials science.

Cantor Colburn attorneys operate as a team, in which all members excel at their distinct areas, and provide a seamless one-stop shopping experience for clients seeking comprehensive IP services. We serve clients around the world in a wide variety of industries and technologies from our offices in Hartford, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Houston and Detroit.

As a Founding Sponsors of BioCT Innovation Commons, we will keep office hours and mentor entrepreneurs on patent law matters.

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Comcast Business

Comcast Business is the Founding Technology Sponsor and Internet Provider of The CommonsComcast Business offers Internet, Ethernet, Voice and TV for businesses with Internet speeds up to five times faster than DSL, super fast Ethernet, a variety of Voice options and TV.  Built for business, customers value the diverse, private network and 24×7 dedicated business support.

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Dilworth IP

At Dilworth IP, we listen to our clients well to better understand their businesses, technologies, people, and vision for success. We appreciate how these factors interrelate. By paying close attention, we can provide the legal counseling, worldwide portfolio management, transactional and agreement support, patent and trademark prosecution, and litigation services our clients need to protect their businesses. Our clients have broad interests. They manufacture products that make our daily lives better, and their businesses span the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, chemical, polymers, material science, renewable energy, agricultural, and other industries. Dilworth IP’s attorneys have strong academic credentials; several have advanced technical degrees. Most of us worked in industry as research scientists or engineers before studying law. Some have co-authored scientific papers and been inventors on multiple patents. With an average of 20+ years of experience practicing IP law, often as in-house counsel at world-class chemical companies, Dilworth IP’s practitioners understand technology and the importance of protecting it well. Dilworth IP is lean and flexible. We leverage technology to thrive in the fast-paced global marketplace and deliver world-class legal services to our clients while keeping costs low. We offer competitive rates and alternative fee arrangements without sacrificing performance. Our offices are strategically located in the New York and Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas and in Atlanta, Georgia.


Eppendorf, a company with its registered office in Germany (North American office in Hauppauge, NY), develops, produces and sells products and services for laboratories around the world. They include pipettes, automated pipetting systems, dispensers, laboratory centrifuges, and mixers as well as consumables such as reaction vessels and pipette tips. In addition, Eppendorf manufactures ultra-low temperature freezers, bioreactors, CO2 incubators, shakers, DNA amplification equipment (polymerase chain reaction), spectrometers, and cell manipulation systems.

Eppendorf products are used in academic and industrial research laboratories, e.g. in companies in the pharmaceutical, biotech, chemical, and food industry. They are also used in laboratories that perform clinical or environmental analysis, in forensic laboratories, and in industrial laboratories where industrial process analysis, production, and quality assurance are performed. The company is the world’s market leader in this area.

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Fiondella, Milone & LaSaracina LLP

Fiondella, Milone & LaSaracina LLP (FML) is headquartered in Glastonbury, Connecticut with a satellite office in Stam-ford, Connecticut, and provides professional auditing, tax and business consulting services to a wide range of clients and industries throughout the Northeast and beyond. As an independent regional firm of approximately sixty employees, and twenty CPAs we have a team of professionals that allows us to be responsive to our clients’ needs. The firm is organized with dedicated audit and tax departments so that the professionals working in those departments can devote themselves to becoming expert advisors to their clients in their specialty.

As a Founding Sponsors of BioCT Innovation Commons, we will keep office hours and mentor entrepreneurs on matters relating to tax accounting.

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Hydro Service and Supplies, Inc.

Hydro Service and Supplies, Inc. provides a versatile range of quality ultrapure water systems and products, from large scale central production systems to point-of-use laboratory systems. Since 1967, Hydro has been an industry leader by combining synergistic engineering and innovative designs with high-performance component selections, superior materials of construction, and precision manufacturing that result in high quality ultrapure water systems. Hydro is dedicated to providing quality products and professional support from our experienced sales, engineering and service teams. Our products are available nationwide with service support to the entire East Coast. Hydro serves Pharmaceutical, Biotech, Microelectronics, Research, Academic, Medical/Clinical, Food and Beverage, and Industrial applications. In addition, Hydro offers engineering services, turn-key installation, start-up and commissioning, validation support, PLC programming, water testing services and reliable service support 24/7/365.

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Triumvirate Environmental

Environmental, Health & Safety Solutions for Demanding Organizations

Triumvirate Environmental (TEI) is a leading provider of enterprise waste management and environmental services to Healthcare, Education, Life Sciences, and Industrial markets. Whether you’re seeking to broadly reduce environmental waste, implement safer and more compliant waste management practices, or develop green and sustainable solutions – we can help you.

The Triumvirate Difference

We offer highly educated, expertly trained consultants with years of experience whose guidance allows your environmental operations professionals to be more effective and productive in their daily jobs. Our mission is to build the most-productive, long-term, customer-intimate, environmental services firm by “WOWing!” each employee, and each customer, every day. That’s why the most demanding universities, hospitals, biotech firms, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and industrial companies choose Triumvirate Environmental.

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VWR headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, is a leading, independent provider of laboratory products, services and solutions. VWR helps accelerate scientific innovation by providing the most effective and efficient solutions — products, equipment and services — for the life science industry so our customers can focus on what’s truly important: discovery.  With more than 160 years of experience, VWR offers a well established network that reaches thousands of specialized laboratories and facilities spanning the globe. VWR associates work everyday to streamline the way scientists, medical professionals and production engineers stock and manage their businesses. In addition, VWR supports its customers by providing other value-added service offerings, research support, laboratory services and operations services. VWR enables those solutions and eliminate process complexities through their value proposition of  Product ChoiceDifferentiated Services, and Operational Excellence.

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Wiggin and Dana

Wiggin and Dana is internationally recognized as one of the leading law firms in the life science industry. Wiggin and Dana’s multi-disciplined Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Group provides integrated services to biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device and health care clients. Whether assisting a multi-national pharmaceutical company, an emerging biotechnology firm engaged in innovative medical research or an individual entrepreneur trying to commercialize the latest laboratory discovery, Wiggin and Dana provides the necessary expertise and experience to serve the specialized needs of the biotechnology industry.


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Biological Industries USA, Inc.

Biological Industries USA, Inc. serves as the US subsidiary of Biological Industries, a leading global provider of optimal and innovative solutions for cell culture related research. With over 30 years’ experience, in house R & D, and collaborations with academic researchers, BI has developed and introduced a range of serum free media and many other products for animal tissue culture and molecular biology, including NutriStem® a serum-free, xeno-free gold standard stem cell culture media advancing the fields of stem cell based therapies. BI distributes its products worldwide in over 40 countries.

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BrandTech® Scientific, Inc.

BrandTech® Scientific, Inc. supplies a wide range of tools and consumables for the life science and chemistry laboratory. Probably best known for their Dispensette® bottletop dispensers and Transferpette® pipettes. Their specialized items for cell culture include the accu-jet® pro pipette controller and the BVC line of fluid aspiration systems. They also offer a full line of PCR plastics, and BRANDplates® microplates for cell culture and ELISA.

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Clarity Quest Marketing

Clarity Quest Marketing combines technology know-how with creativity and business acumen to provide marketing services to biotechnology, life sciences, healthcare and technology companies across the globe. Founded in 2001, the agency’s core areas are strategy, branding, online marketing, website design, lead generation, and content marketing. Clarity Quest has offices in Connecticut, Michigan and Washington.

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Connecticut Business Technology Group

The Connecticut Business Technology Group is a Network Solutions and Managed Services company specializing in supporting customers with 25 to 500 employees. Headquartered in Central Connecticut, we currently support clients in 9 States and 3 countries, utilizing our own Data Centers in Middlesex and Fairfield Counties to provide private cloud and Helpdesk services to your business. CBTG is a true one-stop vendor, offering Fortune500 level expertise to the mid-market. Our consultants will provide value through every step of your project… from pre-sales, concept, purchasing, and installation to ongoing support. We build networks with the future in mind, utilizing global market leading products and current industry best practices to maximize the security, performance, architecture, and manageability of your systems.

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ePath Learning

ePath Learning’s cloud-based learning management system enables your organization to manage training and create learning opportunities that improves training and human performance for business.  ASAP is easy to use and provides everything you need for an online training program.  It enables you to author content, manage and deliver training, track ILT, support social learning, create assessments, run meaningful reports, and more. To round out your training needs, ePath Learning also offers custom course development and off-the-shelf content libraries.

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We operate with one philosophy: It’s a Patient, Not a Package®

Founded in 1907 as a messenger company in the United States, UPS has grown into a $58.4 billion corporation by clearly focusing on the goal of enabling commerce around the globe. Today, UPS is a global company with one of the most recognized and admired brands in the world. UPS is the world’s largest package delivery company and a leading global provider of specialized transportation and logistics services. UPS manages the flow of goods, funds, and information in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

UPS partners with many healthcare companies to choreograph logistics of all types, from factory floor to a patient’s front door, and we do it in the reliable, compliant way that has made us an industry leader.

We can help you access new markets, protect products during transit, ensure reliable supply, and contain costs while you grow. In an industry driven by logistics, UPS is uniquely qualified to help.