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Lab space to serve New Haven's growing biotech sector to open near Yale
A lack of adequate laboratory space has often been identified as a challenge for the city’s biotechnology sector over the years.

Now, a non-profit, independent research institute located in the city has announced it will be doing its part to address that issue. Officials with the John B. Pierce Laboratory said that they will be opening a new incubator for Connecticut bioscience startups in October.

The so-called New Haven Innovation Labs will be a 7,630 square-foot facility will be located inside the Pierce Laboratory building at 290 Congress Ave. in New Haven. The laboratory is right in the midst of the campus for Yale University’s School of Medicine.

The New Haven Innovation Labs space will include a mix of private and shared wet labs and offices. Read More
New Haven Innovation Labs
Celebrating Six Months Since the First Vaccine Administered in the U.S.
Earlier in June, the U.S. celebrated the six month anniversary of the first publicly administered COVID-19 vaccine. And truly it is cause for celebration as the vaccinated are safely reconnecting with friends and family, enjoying events, and worrying less about getting infected...and about infecting children.

Last winter we eagerly waited for our age group to become eligible and worked diligently to find the first available appointment as the supply of the vaccine was extremely limited. Now everyone who is age twelve and older is eligible to be vaccinated. And the best part is that vaccines are readily available throughout Greater New Haven, including walk-up clinics. If you have delayed being vaccinated to avoid the hassle, wanted to see if there were any side effects, or just have not set aside the time, now is the perfect moment to get vaccinated. We know there will be variants of COVID-19, such as the Delta variant. We also know that being vaccinated is the best defense against being infected with COVID-19.

Given what we have learned through our experience, we can protect ourselves and others by being vaccinated. So take a few minutes out of your day and get vaccinated. You can find more information about the vaccine and vaccination locations through the state and the New Haven Department of Public Health.
Lawmakers Request Additional $60 Billion in Restaurant Relief Funds
On Thursday, a bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation that would put another $60 billion into the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF), after more than 200,000 applicants were unable to receive relief during the first round of funding. Restaurant Revitalization Fund Replenishment Act of 2021 would provide an additional $60 billion worth of relief to America's still-struggling restaurants. The bill was introduced by Senator Krysten Sinema (D-AZ), Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), and Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA).

According to Restaurant Business Online, the U.S. Small Business Administration expected that the $28.6 billion in funding available through the RRF would be distributed among 100,000-ish restaurants and food service businesses. The original funding bill prioritized applications from independent businesses that were owned by women, veterans, and BIPOC. In total, more than 372,000 businesses applied for assistance during the first three weeks of the program; satisfying all of those requests would've required an additional $50 billion in funds. Read More
Biotech Start-Up Halda Therapeutics Opens SciPark HQ
By cutting a ribbon to signal the opening of a newly renovated laboratory and office space in Science Park, Dr. Craig Crews added his company to the ongoing quest to turn New Haven into a thriving biotechnology center.

Crews is the founder of Halda Therapeutics, which opened up its new headquarters at 115 Munson St. on Wednesday. The labs will be inside the Winchester Works building, a former rifle manufacturing hub which is in line to be transformed into sleek, 145,000 square-foot office space and retail/housing development. (Click here to read a previous article on the project.)

Halda’s labs will occupy 9,800 of building to work on discovering drugs for patients with an unmet need. The company received its first round of funding in 2019. Read More
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