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April 2008

Events Column
4/11  8:00 am - 6:30 pm. Healthcare 2008 at the Yale School of Management. "Whose Healthcare is it Anyway? Understanding the Patient as a Consumer." Omni Hotel, New Haven, CT. more
4/16  3:30 pm - 6:00 pm. CURE and Yale OCR Present: The Next Big Idea - Creating a New Venture. A Special BioHaven Entrepreneurship Panel with Roger Longman of Windhover Publications. Reception and networking to follow. Anlyan Center, Congress Avenue, New Haven, CT. more
4/19  8:00 am. Final round presentations begin re Y50K annual business plan competition. more
4/23  3:00 pm - 6:00 pm. CURE and Yale OCR Present: Vidus Ocular. A BioHaven Entrepreneurship Seminar. Anlyan Center, Congress Avenue, New Haven, CT.  Reception and networking to follow. more
4/29-30  Connecticut Venture Group. Crossroads Venture Fair. Marriott Hotel, Stamford. more
Events Strengthen Connecticut BioScience
From the desk of Paul Pescatello, President and CEO of CURE
One measure of the strength of Connecticut’s bioscience sector is its calendar of events. Every year brings numerous opportunities for CURE members and others to get together for face-to-face networking and the exchange of ideas in both formal and informal settings, and 2008 is no exception.
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Optherion Focuses on Immune System Pathway to Treat Age-Related Macular Degeneration
CURE/Yale BioHaven Entrepreneuship Series Continues
Optherion, Inc. is an early-stage biotechnology company focusing on Age-Related Macular Degeneration and other disorders of the immune system component known as the alternative complement pathway. Presenting the company's story March 19 in New Haven were Colin Foster, president and CEO, and Amanda Hayward, Ph.D., senior vice president of Scheer & Company, the Branford-based venture capital firm that led the early organization and capitalization of the company. Frank Marco, partner, of series sponsor Wiggin and Dana, introduced the speakers.

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CURE Member News Digest
 454 Life Sciences sequencers characterize mesothelioma
 Achillion CEO cites 2007 progress
 Alexion sees progress in PNH diagnosis
 Bayer HealthCare unveils radiology management system
 Boehringer Ingelheim cited for COPD excellence
 Bristol-Myers Squibb announces new drug approval for ABILIFY®
 Cantor Colburn named Go-To Law Firm®
 Danbury Hospital repeats Children's Day
 Genomas gets fast-track SBIR grant
 GlaxoSmithKline presents data on asthma
 Johnson & Johnson gets marketing clearance for stent system
 MannKind proud of 2007 accomplishments
 NanoViricides candidates seen as effective against Ebola
 Neurogen expands role for adipiplon
 Pfizer to acquire livestock genomics companies
 PhRMA data shows drug cost rise modest
 Vion reports progress on Cloretazine® filing
 WinStanley Enterprises to build garage at 25 Science Park
 UConn reports osteoarthritis stem cell work
 Yale develops blood test for ovarian cancer

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