Hartford Business Journal

August 1, 2016

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G R E AT E R H A R T F O R D ' S B U S I N E S S N E W S w w w. H a r t f o rd B u s i n e s s . c o m For more B2B news visit AUGUST 1, 2016 Volume 24, Number 35 $3.00 Subscribe online SAVE THE DATE! 'BLACK TIE & BLUE JEANS' ANNIVERSARY EVENT WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2016 CT CONVENTION CENTER | HARTFORD Cool things just stand the test of time. Join us in celebrating 20 years of young entrepreneurs. 20th ANNIVERSARY 19 9 7-2 0 1 6 Index ■ Week in Review: PG. 6 ■ Focus: PG. 8 ■ The List: PG. 10 ■ Nonprofit Notebook: PG. 16 ■ Movers & Shakers: PG. 16 ■ Town Profile: PG. 19 ■ Opinion & Commentary: PG. 20 Independent Living Carl Johnson, the former managing partner of one of Connecticut's largest accounting and consulting firms, is hanging his own shingle. Find out why he's decided to start his own company. PG. 5 Bea ng the Odds Serial entrepreneur Daniel Navarro is the new owner/partner of the Sutra Fusion Bar in Hartford, near the intersection of Capitol Avenue and Main Street, a location that hasn't been kind to restaurants in the past. PG. 3 I-84 viaduct remake weighs heavily on businesses, motorists, DOT By John Stearns jstearns@HartfordBusiness.com T hink of the construction project to replace the I-84 viaduct through downtown Hartford this way: You can peel the Band-Aid off slowly, or rip it off as quickly as possible. Lingering discomfort vs. short jolt of pain. Richard Armstrong, principal engineer at the state Department of Transportation, heard someone use that Band-Aid analogy and shared it to visualize the kind of construc- tion options DOT and the commu- nity will have to consider before the expected viaduct replacement project begins around 2021. It's too early to talk specifics about construction since there's no decision yet on the new design, although there's apparent consen- sus on a combination of ground- level and "capped" freeway. What is certain, however, is that the construction project will be complicated for engineers and builders and painful for motor- ists and some businesses — it's a matter of how painful, slow peel or quick pull. Building an at-grade/capped FOCUS CONSTRUCTION Richard Armstrong, principal engineer at the state Department of Transportation (left), and Dave Stahnke, engineer, principal and senior vice president at TranSystems, show a drawing of the I-84 project area through downtown Hartford. H B J P H O T O | J O H N S T E A R N S Continued on page 8 Building Bioscience A N H B J S E R I E S O N C T ' S B I O S C I E N C E S E C T O R Defeating the Superbug Melinta Therapeutics takes aim at deadly drug-resistant bacteria H artford Business Journal's year-long series on Connecticut's bioscience industry returns this week with a look at one of the state's most promising compa- nies, New Haven-based Melinta Therapeutics. Over the next six weeks, HBJ will profile a half-dozen bioscience startups as well as more established companies to reflect the breadth and diversity of the state's fledgling bioscience sector. We'll also take a look at some of the state's top bioscience execs and researchers. PG. 12 H B J P H O T O | J O H N S T E A R N S Deal Watch One of East Hartford's prime office towers has reached nearly full occupancy thanks to a series of recent lease signings/renewals. PG. 14 Melinta Therapeutics senior research scientist Dr. Somenath Chowdhury works in the company's New Haven lab, which is developing several antibiotics to treat bacterial infections.

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