CHAPTER 581
INNOVATION CAPITAL ACT OF 1989.
CONNECTICUT INNOVATIONS, INCORPORATED

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Sec. 32-35. Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated.
Sec. 32-39. Corporate purpose; powers.
Sec. 32-41s. Bioscience, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and photonics businesses. Benefits. Regulations.
Sec. 32-41x. Preseed financing account and program.
Sec. 32-41y. Connecticut Bioscience Collaboration program. Connecticut Bioscience Collaboration Fund.
Sec. 32-41z. Bond issue for the Connecticut Bioscience Collaboration program.

      Sec. 32-35. Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated. (a) There is hereby created a body politic and corporate to be known as "Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated". Such corporation is constituted a public instrumentality and political subdivision of the state and the exercise by the corporation of the powers conferred in this chapter shall be deemed and held to be the performance of an essential public and governmental function. Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated shall not be construed to be a department, institution or agency of the state.

      (b) The corporation shall be governed by a board of fifteen directors. Eight members shall be appointed by the Governor, at least six of whom shall be knowledgeable, and have favorable reputations for skill, knowledge and experience, in the development of innovative technology and technological processes including, but not limited to, expertise in academic research, technology transfer and application, the development of technological invention and new enterprise development. Three members shall be the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, the president of the Board of Regents for Higher Education and the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, who shall serve ex officio and shall have all of the powers and privileges of a member of the board of directors. Each ex-officio member may designate his deputy or any member of his staff to represent him at meetings of the corporation with full power to act and vote in his behalf. Four members shall be appointed as follows: One by the president pro tempore of the Senate, one by the minority leader of the Senate, one by the speaker of the House of Representatives and one by the minority leader of the House of Representatives. Each member appointed by the Governor shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor but no longer than the term of office of the Governor or until the member's successor is appointed and qualified, whichever is longer. Each member appointed by a member of the General Assembly shall serve in accordance with the provisions of section 4-1a. A director shall be eligible for reappointment. The Governor shall fill any vacancy for the unexpired term of a member appointed by the Governor. The appropriate legislative appointing authority shall fill any vacancy for the unexpired term of a member appointed by such authority.

      (c) The chairperson of the board shall be the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development. The directors shall annually elect one of their number as secretary. The board may elect such other officers of the board as it deems proper. Members shall receive no compensation for the performance of their duties hereunder but shall be reimbursed for necessary expenses incurred in the performance thereof.

      (d) Each director of the corporation before entering upon his duties shall take and subscribe the oath or affirmation required by article eleventh, section 1, of the Constitution. A record of each such oath or affirmation shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of the State. The board of directors of the corporation shall adopt written procedures, in accordance with the provisions of section 1-121, for: (1) Adopting an annual budget and plan of operations, including a requirement of board approval before the budget or plan may take effect; (2) hiring, dismissing, promoting and compensating employees of the corporation including an affirmative action policy and a requirement of board approval before a position may be created or a vacancy filled; (3) purchasing, leasing or acquiring real and personal property and personal services, including a requirement of board approval for any nonbudgeted expenditure in excess of five thousand dollars; (4) contracting for financial, legal, bond underwriting and other professional services, including a requirement that the corporation solicit proposals at least once every three years for each such service which it uses; (5) awarding loans, grants and other financial assistance, including eligibility criteria, the application process and the role played by the corporation's staff and board of directors and the Department of Economic and Community Development and including deadlines for the approval or disapproval of applications for such assistance by the corporation on and after July 1, 1996; and (6) the use of surplus funds to the extent authorized under this chapter, or other provisions of the general statutes.

      (e) Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law to the contrary, it shall not constitute a conflict of interest for a trustee, director, partner or officer of any person, firm or corporation, or any individual having a financial interest in a person, firm or corporation, to serve as a member of the board of directors of Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, provided such trustee, director, partner, officer or individual shall abstain from deliberation, action or vote by Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated in specific respect to such person, firm or corporation.

      (f) The corporation shall have the authority to contract with the Department of Economic and Community Development for administrative or other services.

      (g) As of October 1, 1989, all powers, duties and personnel of the Connecticut Product Development Corporation shall be transferred to Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, in accordance with the provisions of section 4-38d. As of October 1, 1989, all cash, notes, receivables, liabilities, appropriations, authorizations, allocations, and all other assets and properties of the Connecticut Product Development Corporation shall be transferred to Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated. Such transfer shall not affect the validity, enforceability or binding nature of any contract or agreement for financial aid made by the Connecticut Product Development Corporation under the authorization of this chapter prior to October 1, 1989.

      (h) The corporation shall provide funding for the operation of the Connecticut Small Business Innovation Research Office in accordance with subdivision (41) of section 32-39.

      (1972, P.A. 248, S. 4; P.A. 74-273, S. 1, 2; P.A. 77-614, S. 288, 610; P.A. 79-560, S. 38, 39; P.A. 82-58, S. 1, 2; P.A. 88-225, S. 9, 14; 88-266, S. 14, 46; P.A. 89-245, S. 9; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 93-1, S. 42, 45; P.A. 95-249, S. 3, 4; 95-250, S. 1; P.A. 96-211, S. 1, 5, 6; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 79; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-7, S. 111; P.A. 11-48, S. 124, 285.)

      History: P.A. 74-273 revised appointment provisions in Subsec. (b), deleting now obsolete provision re initial appointments and making provision re successors' appointments generally applicable and added Subsec. (e) re status of corporation; P.A. 77-614 replaced department of commerce with department of economic development in Subsec. (e) and made corporation subject to department "for administrative purposes" rather than "for fiscal and budgetary purposes", effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 79-560 increased number of directors from six to seven, specified that additional member be knowledgeable, experienced, etc. and replaced previous provision calling for six-year appointments made in even-numbered years with provision making directors' terms coterminous with governor's term; P.A. 82-58 added provisions re commissioner of economic development's service as a board member; P.A. 88-225 inserted new Subsec. (e) re when a financial interest and membership on board of directors of corporation do not constitute a conflict of interest and relettered former Subsec. (e) as Subsec. (f); P.A. 88-266 amended Subsec. (a) to specify that corporation is a body "politic" and is a public instrumentality and political subdivision of the state where previously was considered "quasi-public", adding reference to its governmental function and providing that corporation shall not be construed to be department, institution or agency of state, amended Subsec. (b) to require that board members' terms be staggered instead of coterminous with governor's term, amended Subsec. (c) to require board chairperson to be appointed by governor with advice and consent of general assembly instead of elected by board, and amended Subsec. (d) by adding provisions requiring adoption of written procedures; P.A. 89-245 renamed Connecticut Product Development Corporation as Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, added four members to the board of directors and made certain changes to the qualifications of board members, required the commissioner of higher education and the secretary of the office of policy and management to serve as ex-officio board members, made certain technical changes, and added Subsec. (g) re transfer of powers, duties and personnel from Connecticut Product Development Corporation to Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 93-1 amended Subsec. (c) to add four legislative appointments to the board of directors, to revise length of terms of gubernatorial appointees, to specify term length for legislative appointees and to clarify procedure for filling unexpired terms, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-249 amended Subsec. (d)(5) to require board to adopt procedures for deadlines for approving or disapproving assistance applications, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 95-250 and P.A. 96-211 replaced Commissioner and Department of Economic Development with Commissioner and Department of Economic and Community Development; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 added Subsec. (h) re funding for Connecticut Small Business Innovation Research Office, effective September 9, 2009; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-7 amended Subsec. (h) to provide that office funding is for operation of the office in accordance with Sec. 32-39(41), effective October 5, 2009; P.A. 11-48 amended Subsec. (c) by replacing provision re chairperson of board appointed by Governor with advice and consent of both houses of General Assembly with provision re chairperson of board to be Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, effective July 1, 2011; pursuant to P.A. 11-48, "Commissioner of Higher Education" was changed editorially by the Revisors to "president of the Board of Regents for Higher Education" in Subsec. (b), effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 32-39. Corporate purpose; powers. The purposes of the corporation shall be to stimulate and encourage the research and development of new technologies, businesses and products, to encourage the creation and transfer of new technologies, to assist existing businesses in adopting current and innovative technological processes, to stimulate and provide services to industry that will advance the adoption and utilization of technology, to achieve improvements in the quality of products and services, to stimulate and encourage the development and operation of new and existing science parks and incubator facilities, and to promote science, engineering, mathematics and other disciplines that are essential to the development and application of technology within Connecticut by the infusion of financial aid for research, invention and innovation in situations in which such financial aid would not otherwise be reasonably available from commercial or other sources, and for these purposes the corporation shall have the following powers:

      (1) To have perpetual succession as a body corporate and to adopt bylaws, policies and procedures for the regulation of its affairs and conduct of its businesses as provided in section 32-36;

      (2) To enter into venture agreements with persons, upon such terms and on such conditions as are consistent with the purposes of this chapter, for the advancement of financial aid to such persons for the research, development and application of specific technologies, products, procedures, services and techniques, to be developed and produced in this state, and to condition such agreements upon contractual assurances that the benefits of increasing or maintaining employment and tax revenues shall remain in this state and shall accrue to it;

      (3) To solicit, receive and accept aid, grants or contributions from any source of money, property or labor or other things of value, to be held, used and applied to carry out the purposes of this chapter, subject to the conditions upon which such grants and contributions may be made, including but not limited to, gifts or grants from any department or agency of the United States or the state;

      (4) To invest in, acquire, lease, purchase, own, manage, hold and dispose of real property and lease, convey or deal in or enter into agreements with respect to such property on any terms necessary or incidental to the carrying out of these purposes; provided, however, that all such acquisitions of real property for the corporation's own use with amounts appropriated by the state to the corporation or with the proceeds of bonds supported by the full faith and credit of the state shall be subject to the approval of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the provisions of section 4b-23;

      (5) To borrow money or to guarantee a return to the investors in or lenders to any capital initiative, to the extent permitted under this chapter;

      (6) To hold patents, copyrights, trademarks, marketing rights, licenses, or any other evidences of protection or exclusivity as to any products as defined herein, issued under the laws of the United States or any state or any nation;

      (7) To employ such assistants, agents and other employees as may be necessary or desirable, which employees shall be exempt from the classified service and shall not be employees, as defined in subsection (b) of section 5-270; establish all necessary or appropriate personnel practices and policies, including those relating to hiring, promotion, compensation, retirement and collective bargaining, which need not be in accordance with chapter 68, and the corporation shall not be an employer, as defined in subsection (a) of section 5-270; and engage consultants, attorneys and appraisers as may be necessary or desirable to carry out its purposes in accordance with this chapter;

      (8) To make and enter into all contracts and agreements necessary or incidental to the performance of its duties and the execution of its powers under this chapter;

      (9) To sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, adopt a seal and alter the same at pleasure;

      (10) With the approval of the State Treasurer, to invest any funds not needed for immediate use or disbursement, including any funds held in reserve, in obligations issued or guaranteed by the United States of America or the state of Connecticut and in other obligations which are legal investments for retirement funds in this state;

      (11) To procure insurance against any loss in connection with its property and other assets in such amounts and from such insurers as it deems desirable;

      (12) To the extent permitted under its contract with other persons, to consent to any termination, modification, forgiveness or other change of any term of any contractual right, payment, royalty, contract or agreement of any kind to which the corporation is a party;

      (13) To do anything necessary and convenient to render the bonds to be issued under section 32-41 more marketable;

      (14) To acquire, lease, purchase, own, manage, hold and dispose of personal property, and lease, convey or deal in or enter into agreements with respect to such property on any terms necessary or incidental to the carrying out of these purposes;

      (15) In connection with any application for assistance under this chapter, or commitments therefor, to make and collect such fees as the corporation shall determine to be reasonable;

      (16) To enter into venture agreements with persons, upon such terms and conditions as are consistent with the purposes of this chapter to provide financial aid to such persons for the marketing of new and innovative services based on the use of a specific technology, product, device, technique, service or process;

      (17) To enter into limited partnerships or other contractual arrangements with private and public sector entities as the corporation deems necessary to provide financial aid which shall be used to make investments of seed venture capital in companies based in or relocating to the state in a manner which shall foster additional capital investment, the establishment of new businesses, the creation of new jobs and additional commercially-oriented research and development activity. The repayment of such financial aid shall be structured in such manner as the corporation deems will best encourage private sector participation in such limited partnerships or other arrangements. The board of directors, executive director, officers and staff of the corporation may serve as members of any advisory or other board which may be established to carry out the purposes of this subdivision;

      (18) To account for and audit funds of the corporation and funds of any recipients of financial aid from the corporation;

      (19) To advise the Governor, the General Assembly, the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development and the president of the Board of Regents for Higher Education on matters relating to science, engineering and technology which may have an impact on state policies, programs, employers and residents, and on job creation and retention;

      (20) To promote technology-based development in the state;

      (21) To encourage and promote the establishment of and, within available resources, to provide financial aid to advanced technology centers;

      (22) To maintain an inventory of data and information concerning state and federal programs which are related to the purposes of this chapter and to serve as a clearinghouse and referral service for such data and information;

      (23) To conduct and encourage research and studies relating to technological development;

      (24) To provide technical or other assistance and, within available resources, to provide financial aid to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, Incorporated, in order to further the purposes of this chapter;

      (25) To recommend a science and technology agenda for the state that will promote the formation of public and private partnerships for the purpose of stimulating research, new business formation and growth and job creation;

      (26) To encourage and provide technical assistance and, within available resources, to provide financial aid to existing manufacturers and other businesses in the process of adopting innovative technology and new state-of-the-art processes and techniques;

      (27) To recommend state goals for technological development and to establish policies and strategies for developing and assisting technology-based companies and for attracting such companies to the state;

      (28) To promote and encourage and, within available resources, to provide financial aid for the establishment, maintenance and operation of incubator facilities;

      (29) To promote and encourage the coordination of public and private resources and activities within the state in order to assist technology-based entrepreneurs and business enterprises;

      (30) To provide services to industry that will stimulate and advance the adoption and utilization of technology and achieve improvements in the quality of products and services;

      (31) To promote science, engineering, mathematics and other disciplines that are essential to the development and application of technology;

      (32) To coordinate its efforts with existing business outreach centers, as described in section 32-9qq;

      (33) To do all acts and things necessary and convenient to carry out the purposes of this chapter;

      (34) To accept from the department: (A) Financial assistance, (B) revenues or the right to receive revenues with respect to any program under the supervision of the department, and (C) loan assets or equity interests in connection with any program under the supervision of the department; to make advances to and reimburse the department for any expenses incurred or to be incurred by it in the delivery of such assistance, revenues, rights, assets, or interests; to enter into agreements for the delivery of services by the corporation, in consultation with the department, the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority and the Connecticut Development Authority, to third parties, which agreements may include provisions for payment by the department to the corporation for the delivery of such services; and to enter into agreements with the department or with the Connecticut Development Authority or Connecticut Housing Finance Authority for the sharing of assistants, agents and other consultants, professionals and employees, and facilities and other real and personal property used in the conduct of the corporation's affairs;

      (35) To transfer to the department: (A) Financial assistance, (B) revenues or the right to receive revenues with respect to any program under the supervision of the corporation, and (C) loan assets or equity interests in connection with any program under the supervision of the corporation, provided the transfer of such financial assistance, revenues, rights, assets or interests is determined by the corporation to be practicable, within the constraints and not inconsistent with the fiduciary obligations of the corporation imposed upon or established upon the corporation by any provision of the general statutes, the corporation's bond resolutions or any other agreement or contract of the corporation and to have no adverse effect on the tax-exempt status of any bonds of the state;

      (36) With respect to any capital initiative, to create, with one or more persons, one or more affiliates and to provide, directly or indirectly, for the contribution of capital to any such affiliate, each such affiliate being expressly authorized to exercise on such affiliate's own behalf all powers which the corporation may exercise under this section, in addition to such other powers provided to it by law;

      (37) To provide financial aid to enable biotechnology, bioscience and other technology companies to lease, acquire, construct, maintain, repair, replace or otherwise obtain and maintain production, testing, research, development, manufacturing, laboratory and related and other facilities, improvements and equipment;

      (38) To provide financial aid to persons developing smart buildings, as defined in section 32-23d, incubator facilities or other information technology intensive office and laboratory space;

      (39) To provide financial aid to persons developing or constructing the basic buildings, facilities or installations needed for the functioning of the media and motion picture industry in this state;

      (40) To coordinate the development and implementation of strategies regarding technology-based talent and innovation among state and quasi-public agencies, including the creation and administration of the Connecticut Small Business Innovation Research Office to act as a centralized clearinghouse and provide technical assistance to applicants in developing small business innovation research programs in conformity with the federal program established pursuant to the Small Business Research and Development Enhancement Act of 1992, P.L. 102-564, as amended, and other proposals.

      (1972, P.A. 248, S. 8; P.A. 75-425, S. 55, 57; P.A. 77-614, S. 19, 610; P.A. 79-231; 79-233, S. 8; P.A. 80-267, S. 2; 80-483, S. 99, 186; P.A. 87-273, S. 1; P.A. 88-266, S. 17, 46; P.A. 89-245, S. 12; P.A. 91-388, S. 5, 7; P.A. 94-45, S. 1, 3; P.A. 95-78, S. 2, 5; 95-250, S. 11, 39, 42; 95-309, S. 3, 11, 12; P.A. 98-203, S. 4, 13; P.A. 00-178, S. 6; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 00-1, S. 43, 46; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-9, S. 80, 131; P.A. 07-152, S. 2; 07-236, S. 4; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-7, S. 112; P.A. 11-48, S. 285; 11-80, S. 136; Oct. Sp. Sess. P.A. 11-2, S. 3.)

      History: P.A. 75-425 specified in Subdiv. (4) that acquisitions of real property are subject to Sec. 4-26b; P.A. 77-614 replaced commissioner of finance and control with secretary of the office of policy and management in Subdiv. (4); P.A. 79-231 empowered corporation to employ attorneys in Subdiv. (7); P.A. 79-233 specified in Subdiv. (10) that provisions of Subsec. 14b of Sec. 36-96 are inapplicable to investments; P.A. 80-267 added reference to maintaining employment and tax revenues in Subdiv. (2); P.A. 80-483 corrected faulty reference to Subsec. 14b of Sec. 36-96 in Subdiv. (10); P.A. 87-273 amended Subdiv. (4) to delete reference to personal property and inserted new Subdiv. (14) detailing corporate powers concerning personal property, renumbering prior Subdiv. (14) accordingly; P.A. 88-266 inserted new Subdiv. (15) re power to make or collect fees, renumbering former Subdiv. (15) as (16); P.A. 89-245 added corporate purposes re promoting the creation, development and application of technology, improving quality of products and services, encouraging development of science parks and incubator facilities and promoting academic disciplines essential to the development and application of technology, made certain technical changes to existing corporate powers in Subdivs. (1) to (15), added new Subdivs. (16) to (32) re additional corporate powers, and renumbered existing Subdiv. (16) as Subdiv. (33); P.A. 91-388 amended Subdiv. (21) by changing the reference to "technology innovation centers" to "advanced technology centers"; P.A. 94-45 amended Subdiv. (7) to exempt employees and corporation from definitions under Sec. 5-270 and to require corporation to establish personnel practices and policies, effective July 1, 1994; P.A. 95-78 amended Subdiv. (22) to require that corporations include information re federal defense conversion financial assistance programs in inventory and identify and notify eligible businesses, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 95-250 amended Subdiv. (19) substituting "Commissioner of Economic and Community Development" for "Commissioner of Economic Development" and Subdiv. (22) deleting provision re information on federal financial assistance programs for defense conversion projects, effective July 1, 1995, and added Subdivs. (34) and (35) re participation in programs administered by the Department of Economic and Community Development; P.A. 95-309 amended Subdiv. (35) to add provision re adverse effect on the tax-exempt status of bonds and revised effective date of P.A. 95-250 but did not affect this section; P.A. 98-203 amended Subdiv. (4) to exempt certain affiliates of the corporation from the requirements of that subdivision, amended Subdiv. (5) to allow the corporation to provide guarantees to investors or lenders in certain cases and added new Subdivs. (36) and (37) re creation of affiliates and re financial aid to certain technology companies, respectively, effective June 8, 1998; P.A. 00-178 added Subdiv. (38) re financial aid to persons developing smart buildings, incubator facilities or other information technology intensive office and laboratory space; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 00-1 changed effective date of P.A. 00-178 from October 1, 2000, to July 1, 2000, effective July 1, 2000; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-9 amended Subdiv. (4) by deleting provision re approval by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, adding provision re secretary's approval of real property acquired for the corporation's own use, and deleting exemption re affiliates that acquire, lease, purchase, own, manage, hold or dispose of real property, effective July 1, 2001; P. A. 07-152 added Subdiv. (39) re Renewable Energy Investment Fund, effective June 25, 2007; P.A. 07-236 replaced "new technologies and products" with "new technologies, businesses and products" and added Subdiv. (40) re financial aid for infrastructure for media and motion picture industry, effective July 1, 2007; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-7 added Subdiv. (41) re technology-based talent and innovation, effective October 5, 2009; pursuant to P.A. 11-48, "Commissioner of Higher Education" was changed editorially by the Revisors to "president of the Board of Regents for Higher Education" in Subdiv. (19), effective July 1, 2011; P.A. 11-80 deleted former Subdiv. (39) re Renewable Energy Investment Fund and redesignated existing Subdivs. (40) and (41) as Subdivs. (39) and (40), effective July 1, 2011; Oct. Sp. Sess. P.A. 11-2 amended Subdiv. (37) to add bioscience companies, effective November 8, 2011.

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      Sec. 32-41s. Bioscience, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and photonics businesses. Benefits. Regulations. (a) As used in this section:

      (1) "Bioscience" means the study of genes, cells, tissues and chemical and physical structures of living organisms;

      (2) "Eligible business" means a business which (A) has not more than three hundred employees at any time during the preceding twelve months, and (B) is engaged in bioscience, biotechnology, pharmaceutical or photonics research, development or production in the state; and

      (3) "Eligible commercial property" means (A) real or personal property which an eligible business has (i) owned or leased, and (ii) utilized at all times during the preceding twelve months, or (B) real property which the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development or Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated has certified as newly constructed or substantially renovated and expanded primarily for occupancy by one or more eligible businesses.

      (b) On and after July 1, 2010, eligible businesses and eligible commercial property located in (1) the city of Hartford; (2) census block groups 090034601001, 090034601009, 090034602014 and 090034602022 in the town of Farmington; (3) census blocks 090034602021011, 090034602021012, 090034602021013, 090034602021014, 090034602021015, 090034602021017, 090034602021018, 090034602021019, 090034602021020, 090034602021021, 090034602021022, 090034602021023, 090034602021024 and 090034602021025 in the town of Farmington; (4) census block groups 090034165005 and 090034165006 in the city of New Britain; (5) census blocks 90034164001000, 90034164001001, 90034164001002, 90034164004004, 90034164004005, 90034164004006 and 90034164001009 in the city of New Britain; (6) census tracts 09003417500, 09003416000, 09003416100, 09003416700, 09003416800, 09003417400, 09003417200, 09003417300 and 09003415700 in the city of New Britain; (7) census tracts 09003405100, 09003405200 and 09003405300 in the city of Bristol; (8) fifty-three acres of property zoned Technology Park within census tract 420700, block 9000 in the town of Plainville; (9) forty acres of raw land zoned Restricted Industrial within census tract 420400, block group 1000 in the town of Plainville; (10) thirty-five acres of raw land zoned Restricted Industrial within census tract 420500, block 3000 in the town of Plainville; or (11) any municipality which has (A) a major research university with programs in bioscience, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals or photonics, and (B) an enterprise zone, shall be entitled to the same benefits, subject to the same conditions, under the general statutes for which businesses located in an enterprise zone qualify.

      (c) Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated may provide lease guarantees or other financial aid for facilities, improvements and equipment, to benefit any eligible business which is unable to secure financing for such items on commercially reasonable terms.

      (d) Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated may recommend regulations to carry out the purposes of this section, which the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall adopt in accordance with chapter 54.

      (e) Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated shall evaluate the feasibility of establishing a bio-processing facility within this state. If determined to be feasible, Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated shall facilitate the formation of a business consortium, in which it may participate, to launch and operate such facility.

      (P.A. 96-264, S. 4, 8; P.A. 99-223, S. 2, 3; P.A. 10-104, S. 13; P.A. 11-140, S. 29.)

      History: P.A. 96-264 effective July 1, 1996; P.A. 99-223 added new Subsec. (e) re participation in a bio-processing facility, effective June 29, 1999; P.A. 10-104 amended Subsec. (a) by adding new Subdiv. (1) defining "bioscience", redesignating existing Subdivs. (1) and (2) as Subdivs. (2) and (3) and redefining "eligible business" in redesignated Subdiv. (2), and amended Subsec. (b) by adding new Subdivs. (1) to (7) expanding locations of eligible businesses and eligible commercial property, designating existing location as Subdiv. (8), redesignating existing Subdivs. (1) and (2) as Subdiv. (8)(A) and (B) and amending redesignated Subdiv. (8)(A) to extend benefits to municipalities that have major research university with programs in bioscience, effective July 1, 2010; P.A. 11-140 amended Subsec. (b) by adding new Subdivs. (8), (9) and (10) re property in town of Plainville, redesignating existing Subdiv. (8) as Subdiv. (11) and making a technical change, effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 32-41x. Preseed financing account and program. (a) There is established an account to be known as the "preseed financing account" which shall be a separate, nonlapsing account within the General Fund. The account shall contain any moneys required by law to be deposited in the account. Moneys in the account shall be expended by Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, for the purposes of providing preseed financing pursuant to the program established in subsection (b) of this section.

      (b) Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, shall establish a program to provide preseed financing for Connecticut businesses, which shall include, but not be limited to, financial assistance for the development of proof of concepts and support services. Financial assistance shall not exceed one hundred fifty thousand dollars per eligible business. An eligible business shall (1) be principally located in Connecticut, (2) have not less than seventy-five per cent of its employees working in Connecticut, and (3) demonstrate private investment dollars of not less than fifty cents for every dollar of financial assistance sought from the program established pursuant to this section. For the purposes of this subsection, "private investment dollars" shall include funds from a public institution of higher education, except those funds derived from state appropriations or student tuition and fees, that are used to assist in the commercialization of technology owned by a public university.

      (c) The corporation may enter into an agreement, pursuant to chapter 55a, with a nonprofit corporation providing services and resources to entrepreneurs and businesses to operate such program.

      (P.A. 10-75, S. 12; P.A. 11-218, S. 1.)

      History: P.A. 10-75 effective July 1, 2010; P.A. 11-218 amended Subsec. (b) by adding definition of "private investment dollars", effective July 13, 2011.

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      Sec. 32-41y. Connecticut Bioscience Collaboration program. Connecticut Bioscience Collaboration Fund. (a) For purposes of this section:

      (1) "Corporation" means Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated;

      (2) "Board" means the board of directors of Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated;

      (3) "Internal Revenue Code" means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as amended from time to time.

      (b) There is established within Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated the Connecticut Bioscience Collaboration program. Said program shall support the establishment of a bioscience cluster anchored by a research laboratory housed at The University of Connecticut Health Center as provided in this subsection.

      (1) The corporation shall work in collaboration with an organization exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code to develop, construct and equip a structure for use as a research laboratory and office building operation. The board may provide loans to such organization for the purpose of developing, constructing and equipping such structure. The board shall review and approve loan terms and conditions, and may require matching funds from private or nonstate entities. The board may allow payment on such loans to be deferred, and may forgive all or part of such loans, based upon the board's assessment of such organization's fulfillment of the loan terms and conditions.

      (2) The corporation may, at the direction of the board, provide an annual operations, research and development grant to such organization for annual operating expenses and bioscience medical research, including research on stem cells, DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), systems genomics and genome-based medicine.

      (3) The corporation may, at the direction of the board, enter into venture agreements with such organization, upon such terms and conditions as would benefit the state, such organization and other private sector entities involved in the bioscience cluster.

      (c) (1) There is hereby created a "Connecticut Bioscience Collaboration Fund". Said fund shall be held and administered by Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated separate and apart from all other funds and accounts of the corporation. Amounts authorized by the State Bond Commission in accordance with section 32-41z shall be paid to the corporation for deposit into the Connecticut Bioscience Collaboration Fund.

      (2) Any funds or revenues of the corporation derived from investment income or loan repayments received by the corporation in connection with the Connecticut Bioscience Collaboration program shall be held, administered and invested by the corporation or deposited with and invested by any institution as may be designated by the corporation at its sole discretion and paid as the corporation shall direct. All moneys in such accounts shall be used and applied to carry out the purposes of said program. The corporation may make payments from such accounts to the Connecticut Bioscience Collaboration Fund for use in accordance with subdivision (3) of this subsection.

      (3) The moneys in the Connecticut Bioscience Collaboration Fund shall be used to carry out the purposes of the Connecticut Bioscience Collaboration program, as enumerated in subsection (b) of this section, and for the repayment of state bonds in such amounts as may be required by the State Bond Commission pursuant to section 32-41z.

      (d) (1) The board shall establish an application process, with guidelines and terms for grants and loans awarded under the Connecticut Bioscience Collaboration program. The board shall review and approve each such application.

      (2) Not later than April 15, 2012, and quarterly thereafter, the board shall provide a report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, revenue and bonding, appropriations, commerce and higher education. Such report shall contain available information on the status and progress of the operations and funding of the Connecticut Bioscience Collaboration program.

      (3) The executive director of the corporation shall prepare for each fiscal year an operating and capital budget for the Connecticut Bioscience Collaboration program. Not later than ninety days prior to the start of the fiscal year, the executive director shall submit the budget to the board. The board shall submit a copy of such annual budget, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, to the Governor, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, and the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, revenue and bonding, appropriations, commerce and higher education.

      (Oct. Sp. Sess. P.A. 11-2, S. 1.)

      History: Oct. Sp. Sess. P.A. 11-2 effective November 8, 2011.

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      Sec. 32-41z. Bond issue for the Connecticut Bioscience Collaboration program. (a) The State Bond Commission shall authorize the issuance of bonds of the state, in accordance with the provisions of section 3-20, in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate two hundred ninety million six hundred eighty-five thousand dollars for the Connecticut Bioscience Collaboration program established pursuant to section 32-41y. The amount authorized for the issuance and sale of bonds in accordance with this section shall not exceed the amount authorized in each fiscal year in the following amounts, provided, to the extent the board of directors of Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated does not provide for the use of all or a portion of such amount in a fiscal year, such amount not provided for shall be carried forward and added to the authorized amount for the next succeeding fiscal year, and provided further, the costs of issuance and capitalized interest, if any, may be added to the capped amount in each fiscal year, and each of the authorized amounts shall be effective on July first of the fiscal year indicated as follows:

Fiscal Year Ending June 30
Amount
2012$34,162,000
2013  85,113,000
2014  59,728,000
2015  19,669,000
2016  21,425,000
2017  21,108,000
2018  15,820,000
2019  12,525,000
2020  10,565,000
2021  10,570,000
Total$290,685,000


      (b) The State Bond Commission shall approve a memorandum of understanding between the board of directors of Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated and the state, acting by and through the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the Treasurer, providing for the issuance of said bonds for the purposes of the Connecticut Bioscience Collaboration program, including provisions regarding the extent to which federal, private or other moneys then available or thereafter to be made available for costs should be added to the proceeds of the bonds authorized pursuant to this section for such project or program. The memorandum of understanding shall be deemed to satisfy the provisions of section 3-20 and the exercise of any right or power granted thereby which is not inconsistent with the provisions of this section.

      (c) All provisions of section 3-20, or the exercise of any right or power granted thereby, which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this section are hereby adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized by the State Bond Commission pursuant to this section. Temporary notes in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of any such bonds so authorized may be issued in accordance with said section 3-20, and from time to time renewed. All bonds issued pursuant to this section shall be general obligations of the state and the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds as the same become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due.

      (d) Subject to the amount of limitations of the capping provisions in subsection (a) of this section, the principal amount of the bonds authorized under this section shall be deemed to be an appropriation and allocation of such amount, and such approval of such request shall be deemed the allotment by the Governor of such capital outlays within the meaning of section 4-85.

      (Oct. Sp. Sess. P.A. 11-2, S. 2.)

      History: Oct. Sp. Sess. P.A. 11-2 effective November 8, 2011.

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