Manon Cox was pleasantly surprised when her company, Protein Sciences Corp., got a call a few weeks back from the scheduler for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, looking to set up a flu shot.
Malloy had snubbed Protein Sciences, the Meriden-based maker of the flu vaccine made from cell cultures rather than eggs, in February, when he got a traditional shot. Executives had been trying to conscript the governor to take their vaccine, Flublok, and thought he was on board.
Cox, the Protein Sciences CEO, and Dan Adams, the executive chairman, didn't hold back in their anger, calling Malloy treasonous and worse. They might have thought they'd lost a high-profile customer.
But all was...