WALLINGFORD — The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has selected Wallingford IP communications company Mutualink to install networking capabilities.

 

Mutualink will connect multimedia such as satellite, high capacity LOS radio, and 3G and 4G broadband for NATO’s headquarters in Belgium. The contract is the result of Mutualink’s work with the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office, which is under the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations.

NEW HAVEN — Finance software developer Continuity Control can add $1 million to its own books.

 

Connecticut Innovations Inc. (CII) has awarded the company a follow-on investment as part of a total $2 million in funding through its Eli Whitney Fund. Launch Capital and individual investors also contributed to the funding.

 

The company offers compliance management software for community banks and credit unions.

 

Continuity Control will use the funds to help move from CII’s incubator space at Yale’s CTech@Science Park into a downtown office, as well as to continue providing service to new and existing clients.

CHESHIRE — Business software developer and advisor Andrews Consulting Group (ACG) will be able to expand its product line thanks to a new round of investment.

 

The company has received $1 million in venture debt financing from Connecticut Innovations Inc. (CII) through its Venture & Mezzanine Debt Fund.

 

ACG has provided business software assistance since 1984, and more recently has introduced its RapidDecision data analysis software tool.

NEW HAVEN — Tech startup C8 Sciences is nearing the finish line in testing a computer game platform designed to enhance learning and treat children with ADHD.

 

The company recently received an additional $200,000 investment from Connecticut Innovations Inc. to continue testing marketing.

 

The company’s first product, C8Kids, provides online neuroscience-based computer games that incorporate physical exercises with cognitive functions. It was the result of a collaboration between Yale School of Medicine professor Bruce Wexler, MD and Jinxia Dong of Peking University.

 

C8Kids was pilot-tested in two Connecticut school districts early this year, and both plan to use it in the 2012-13 academic year. Initial sales have taken place in New York.

NEW HAVEN — A minimally invasive surgical tool has attracted a $1 million push toward reality. Yale technology-based NovaTract Surgical was awarded the funding from Connecticut Innovations Inc. after having received nearly half a million dollars in two previous funding rounds since 2010.

 

The NovaTract surgical device is an internal organ retractor designed to assist in cutting down the number of incisions, particularly in abdominal surgeries, such as for gall bladder removals and appendectomies.

 

The device’s technology was licensed from Yale surgeon Kurt Roberts, MD. The prototype design and manufacturing is complete, and animal testing will be completed this December. The first device is expected to hit the market by mid-2013.

NEW HAVEN — A new software system designed to connect patient records throughout the Yale New Haven Health System has just reached the community level.

 

Obstetrics, Gynecology & Menopause Physicians, PC (OGMP) of Temple Street is the first medical practice to use the EPIC software, as part of an effort by the Yale health system to integrate information among hospitals, community physicians, patients and caregivers. OGMP installed the integration software at all four of its locations, which also include Essex, Guilford and Shelton.

 

EPIC combines all available patient information into a single database, allowing caregivers access to comprehensive data on each patient.

NEW HAVEN — The Arts Council of Greater New Haven has just made its free mobile app available for Android phones; the app has been available for iOS devices since last September.

 

The ANDI (Arts, Nightlife, Dining Information) app was developed in association with MEA Mobile and provides a database of arts events, venue listings, and dining locations for greater New Haven, pulling from the arts council’s online calendar and dining listings from visitnewhaven.com.

 

The app also allows users to view more information on each event/venue, as well visit corresponding websites, get directions or make phone calls.

 

SHELTON — The teachers grade the students, but who will grade the teachers?

 

Axiom Education is developing Mentor, a Web-based course and learning-assessment platform designed to help educational institutions from kindergarten through college measure learning outcomes.

 

The program recently received $150,000 in financing from Connecticut Innovations Inc. (CII) for further product development and marketing.

Mentor is also designed to assist with student course evaluations, grants and general surveys. It was developed by Fairfield University professor Curt Naser, who is also Axiom’s founder and chief product officer. The platform is currently being used at the university, as well as at Loyola Marymount, and Elon universities, the University of San Francisco and the Easton Country Day School.

 

Axiom’s CII investment was awarded through the latter’s Pre-Seed Fund, which supports the development of new Connecticut technology companies.

NEW HAVEN — If you’re an entrepreneur ready to launch your own tech venture, a golden opportunity is now available, in the form of Connecticut Innovations Inc.’s (CII) TechStart Accelerator Program.

 

Applications for teams to take part in the fall program are being accepted through August 15. Selected teams will be provided with $25,000 in initial capital to help launch their startups with the help of mentors for development, sales, marketing and legal issues. The teams can then try to pitch for more funding from angel or institutional investors. The three-month program will take place in New Haven from September 17 to mid-December. The first Accelerator program, which saw 80 applicants vying for nine finalist spots, took place this spring.

 

More information on applying can be found at ctinnovations.com/TechStart.



NORTH HAVEN — The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has Covidien on its hit list.

 

After the company recalled its Duet surgical staples device in January after reports of injuries and deaths, it was slapped with violations including failure to document its investigations into the incidents, and failure to quickly take corrective action since first receiving complaints in 2009.

 

An FDA inspection of Covidien’s North Haven plant earlier this year and discovered the violations. The agency asserts that the company did not adequately provide descriptions or evidence of any corrective action.

 

The FDA dismissed Covidien’s response that a corrective plan was not required, and in June warned that failure to correct the violations could result in seizures and injunction of penalties.

 

A Covidien spokesman has said the company is working to resolve FDA’s concerns.

WEST HAVEN — Bioscience firm and influenza war-wager NanoViricides has raised $5 million after recent fund-raising efforts, now holding more than two years worth of cash on hand.

 

The company is using the resources to further fund research into its anti-flu compound. In 2010, it was cleared to raise as much as $40 million via a Form S-3 offering. Eventually the company plans to take its potential flu drug to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Additional equipment may also be purchased with the new capital.

 

The $5 million investment came from a single source: Seaside 88, a Florida limited partnership that previously invested $20 million in NanoViricides.

 

The company is creating products that attack and dismantle virus particles that will combat other diseases such as H1N1 swine flu, H5N1 bird flu, HIV, herpes and eye diseases.