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News from State Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr.

June 23, 2016

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Legislative Office Building
Room 3200
Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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Working to Support Connecticut's Bioscience Startups

biotech startups
I recently had the opportunity to visit the facilities of Branford-based medical technology startup, Ancera. This cutting edge company is developing an incredible technology to rapidly identify pathogens in blood and other bodily fluids. Ancera's breakthrough technology has numerous uses, including an application to the food industry. Ancera's technology will allow food producers to test for E. coli or other food-borne pathogens in a matter of hours. Current technology can take 48 hours or more to detect E. coli.

Connecticut is a state with a long history of innovation, and it is critical that we bolster our economy by encouraging innovative startups like Ancera. This year I joined my Democratic colleagues in the General Assembly to pass a new law that leverages innovation and entrepreneurship for jobs in the new economy. This new law uses our economic strengths--a highly educated and productive workforce, top-tier universities and existing businesses--to capture future job growth at startups and expansion-ready companies.

Cutting Energy Bills and Creating Jobs with Energize CT

energyEnergize Connecticut is a successful partnership between the State of Connecticut and your local electric and gas utilities that can help you save money and use clean energy. Last year, more than 978,000 Connecticut residents, business and municipalities took advantage of Energize Connecticut, resulting in savings of nearly $1 billion in lifetime energy costs. Nearly 3,000 businesses became more competitive and sustainable through solutions that improve the efficiency of their facilities and the behavior of the people who work within them. In addition to making Connecticut's energy use more efficient, this initiative has generated 9,258 jobs and avoided lifetime greenhouse gas emissions of over 3.3 million tons. That's about the same impact as removing nearly 787,000 cars from the road for a year.

Energize Connecticut is available for you to use at your home or business. Anyone interested in saving money on their electric bills can visit EnergizeCT.com or call 1-877-WISE-USE. There are many private vendors that will help improve the energy efficiency of a business or residence. Atwater and Smith Libraries in North Branford are now allowing residents to check out "Kill-A-Watt" meters offered through EnergizeCT. These meters tell you how much power an item uses, helping you identify the biggest energy wasters in your home and reducing energy costs.


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Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr., Legislative Office Building, Room 3200, Hartford, Connecticut 06106
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