Connecticut, Pfizer announce use of Groton site

GROTON, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut and Pfizer Inc. have announced that two vacant buildings on the pharmaceutical company’s Groton campus will be used for bioscience research and the storage of state data.

Pfizer said Wednesday it will donate a building to be used as a business incubator, drawing entrepreneurs, scientists and startup and growing companies. The state Bond Commission has approved $4.2 million for renovations and initial costs.

Pfizer will lease another building to house a state data center for $1 a year. The information technology data center will support the work of about 50,000 state employees, including functions related to public safety.

Pfizer laid off employees at its Groton research and development site and shifted work to Cambridge, Mass.

Economic development commissioner Catherine Smith said Pfizer has been looking for innovative solutions.

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