Hartford Business Journal

July 10, 2017

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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 JULY 10, 2017 Volume 25, Number 28 $3.00 Subscribe online SAVE THE DATE! WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 13, 2017 CT CONVENTION CENTER | HARTFORD Join us in recognizing outstanding young professionals in the Greater Hartford area. Index ■ Executive Profile: PG. 5 ■ Week in Review: PG. 6 ■ The List: PG. 9 ■ Deal Watch: PG. 10 ■ Movers & Shakers: PG. 16 ■ Nonprofit Notebook: PG. 16 ■ Opinion & Commentary: PG. 20 Translating Success Glastonbury entrepreneur Francesco Pagano's family enterprise has built both a solid reputation — and sales and profits — linking the skills of translators and interpreters with businesses, hospitals, the courts, and federal, state and local governments. PG. 3 FOCUS BIOSCIENCE Search for Treatment UConn Health biologist Sandra Weller is researching treatments for a form of the herpes virus that can cause serious problems in newborns, including developmental disabilities and deafness, as well as infections in organ and marrow transplant patients. PG. 8 CT throws a lifeline to fuel cells, waste to energy By Matt Pilon mpilon@HartfordBusiness.com A new law passed by the state legislature without much fanfare could have a major impact on Connecticut's energy industry, providing a potential lifeline to two important, but struggling sectors: fuel cells and waste-to-energy power plants. While the two sectors are vastly different, the law provides one common benefit: the chance for more business and revenue. For fuel cells, the law tees up a sizable opportunity to win cov- eted long-term power-purchase contracts with utility companies. Startup Culture Upward Hartford is ground zero for city's fledgling entrepreneurial ecosystem By John Stearns jstearns@HartfordBusiness.com M ingling in Upward Hart- ford's expansive cowork- ing, networking and incubator space downtown dur- ing a recent open house, Farm- ington angel investor and serial entrepreneur/inventor Eric Knight praised the new organization's mix of ingredients. "The integration of compa- nies and startups, that's the magic elixir," Knight said of Upward Hartford's occupants. Upward Hartford's Shana Schlossberg wants her new downtown space to be a place where startups mix with major companies. A mechanical claw picks up trash in a waste-to- energy plant's holding pit. Connecticut plants, which incinerate waste and produce sellable energy, could benefit from new state policies. Continued on page 14 Continued on page 12 P H O T O | © F R A N C O R I C C I , D R E A M S T I M E . C O M H B J P H O T O | J O H N S T E A R N S

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