Hartford Business Journal

August 22, 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 22, 2016 Volume 24, Number 38 $3.00 Subscribe online JOIN US! 'BLACK TIE & BLUE JEANS' ANNIVERSARY EVENT WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2016 CT CONVENTION CENTER | HARTFORD 20th ANNIVERSARY 19 9 7-2 0 1 6 Index ■ Week in Review: PG. 6 ■ The List: PG. 9 ■ Deal Watch: PG. 10 ■ Reporter's Notebook: PG. 16 ■ Corporate Profile: PG. 17 ■ Movers & Shakers: PG. 18 ■ Opinion & Commentary: PG. 20 Transitional Living For Millennials Andy Tran and Jeff Farmer, a chance encounter at Farmington's Westfarms Mall led to a multi-state business that helps people with mental illness and acquired brain injuries who are on Medicaid, live independently, while saving the state money and creating jobs for caretakers. PG. 3 Insurance Ecosystem Lisa Doherty's approach to her insurance business: Work hard, do things a little differently and have fun doing it. Find out how that philosophy has helped her double Windsor-based Business Risk Partners' book of business over the last five years. PG. 5 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 Combating Dry Mouth UConn School of Dental Medicine professor Robert Kelly has invented new technology to address the problem of chronic dry mouth. H B J P H O T O | K E I T H G R I F F I N H artford Business Journal's series on Connecticut's bioscience industry con- tinues this week with a look at Farm- ington startup Oral Fluid Dynamics, which is developing a dental implant to help people suffering from chronic dry mouth. Oral Fluid is still a very early stage compa- ny, but it has had some success raising funds to support its research efforts. The company is currently testing its technology on rabbits, with hopes of launching clinical trials in the next few years. Find out more on PG. 12 Farmington startup Oral Fluid Dynamics seeks mechanical solution to dry mouth Downtown New Britain's transit-oriented makeover takes off By Gregory Seay gseay@HartfordBusiness.com E stablishing Connecticut's transportation infrastruc- ture hasn't always worked out well for the city of New Britain. Opening of highways Route 9/Route 72 in the late 70s, early 80s obliterated many older build- ings and homes and bifurcated New Britain in a way that "blew the heart out of downtown," its sitting mayor says. But decades later, the open- ing of the 9.5-mile CTfastrak bus- way corridor, that makes it about a 15-minute bus ride from its central hub into downtown Hart- ford, has created an expressway for millions of dollars in public and private investment to flow into redeveloping the Hardware City's downtown. New Britain Herald's former home is among several downtown redevelopments. H B J P H O T O | G R E G O R Y S E A Y Continued on page 14 Fall Green Guide The 2016 GreenCircle Sustainability Awards winners are profiled. See Special Insert

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