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Joan Hartley

An Independent Voice

Creating Jobs and Expanding Bioscience With Smart State Investments

Recently, the Senate acted on legislation which I crafted that will improve Connecticut's ability to make targeted investments aimed at encouraging growth and job creation in bioscience and precision medicine. The Commerce Committee bill, SB 962, calls for evaluative metrics to be developed that will help the state measure the impact of its bioscience investments. These metrics will be used by Connecticut Innovations in vetting bioscience proposals. The bill received unanimous, bipartisan support and now moves to the House of Representatives for further action.


A 2015 economic competitiveness diagnostic of Connecticut found that the state has great potential for economic growth in the research and development, bioscience, and health data sectors. I have worked with the members of the Commerce Committee and stakeholders to develop and pass legislation encouraging further development in these areas. As this industry grows, it is critical that the state know how to best target its financial support in order to ensure maximum job growth and economic impact. Once implemented, Senate Bill 962 will give the state a more accurate picture of industry trends, allowing the Department of Economic and Community Development and its other partners to better target state resources.