Ignite's Innovators Networking Series Continues on June 21

Startup success story, make music day, and STE(A)M art exhibit at CURE Innovation Commons 
Groton, CT – Ignite, a program of Thames River Innovation Place, and BioCT Innovation Commons will host a special Innovators Networking event on Thursday, June 21st.

The Startup Success Story will feature Assembly Biosciences, a company in residence at the Commons. Acoustic music will also be part of the event as part of Make Music Day - SE CT. Additionally, STE[A]M: Arts & Design in Science art exhibit will also be on display.

The event is open to all innovators, entrepreneurs and business owners and will take place from 4:30 – 7:00 pm at BioCT Innovation Commons located at 93 Shennecossett Road in Groton, CT. This event is free. For more information and to register, visit www.bit.ly/Network0621
Assembly Biosciences has entitled its presentation Bugs to Drugs: Using Live Biotherapeutics for Treatment of the Human Microbiome.  Assembly Biosciences is advancing a new class of novel oral synthetic live biotherapeutics for disorders associated with the human microbiome.  Unlike conventional chemical-based drug therapies, Assembly is developing new therapies that are designed to use commensal bacteria to treat various disease states of the microbiome.  Assembly’s laboratories at the BioCT Innovation Commons are responsible for all pharmaceutical product development activities associated with Assembly’s microbiome technology platform, including drug substance (bacterial strains), drug product (Gemicel® capsules), analytical/quality testing, and stability. Scientists and non-scientists alike will be interested to learn about this exciting work taking place in Groton.
The Barstool Diplomats will close out the evening with a set of acoustic music. Mike Van & Kerry Bilda make up the duo Barstool Diplomats. Based in Southern CT, the Norwich natives have had a shared musical interest and appreciation for the past 25 years. Their unique style is influenced by the music of Bob Dylan, George Jones, Little Feat, Adam Ezra Group and REM. Barstool Diplomats appear as part of Make Music Day SE CT.
Make Music Day takes place in numerous other cities across the country and world and is coming to southeastern Connecticut for the first time this year. Spearheaded by the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition, Make Music Southeastern CT is a celebration of music on the summer solstice that is performed by anyone and enjoyed by everyone. Organizations throughout southeastern Connecticut have been invited to take part in the festivities and help show off our local talent and join the public celebration throughout the day. Ignite is please to be able to include Make Music Day in its monthly networking event. 
STE[A]M: Arts & Design in Science is an art exhibit featuring works by scientists who are also artists as well as by artists who are inspired by science. The exhibit features 25 two-dimensional works by 15 artists. The exhibit opened on June 12, 2018 and will be on display through January 12, 2019.
Ignite is designed to spur new ideas, businesses, and innovative growth in the Thames River region by producing events, sponsoring education, and connecting entrepreneurs into the business development support system. The Ignite program is established under the Thames River Innovation Place and is made possible by support from CTNext . The Innovators Networking Series takes place monthly and is just one of many programs regularly held by Ignite. www.IgniteThamesRiver.org
BioCT Innovation Commons (The Innovation Commons) is committed to providing a hassle-free, full-service professional space combined with a supportive community whose mission is to help you succeed. The Commons offers commercial-grade labs, offices, co-working and special event spaces at cost-effective prices and with flexible lease terms. Located halfway between Boston and New York City, The Commons offers nearly 22,000 square feet of newly-design space in southeast coastal CT, led by a team of experienced entrepreneurs and scientists. www.curecommons.org
Area entrepreneurs, start-ups and business people are invited to join Ignite at its special Summer Solstice Innovator Networking Series on June 21st to hear the Startup Success Story of Assembly BioSciences, located in Groton, to enjoy acoustic music by the Barstool Diplomats as part of Make Music Day, and to view the STE[A]M: Arts & Design in Science exhibit. The event will begin at 4:30, to be followed by networking until 7:00 pm. The event is free. More information and to pre-registration can be found at www.bit.ly/Network0621.