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March 9, 2021


Digital Health Forum Presented by EAGB and BioHealth Innovation Registration, Thu, Mar 25, 2021 at 1:00 PM | Eventbrite (2)

 A free, virtual Forum focused on the growing Digital Health industry in the Baltimore/Washington region and beyond, presented by EAGB & BHI.

The Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore ( and BioHealth Innovation ( have partnered to host a Forum focused on the growing Digital Health industry in the Baltimore/Washington region and beyond. The Forum is free and will be held virtually on March 25, from1 – 3:00 pm. There is no fee and all are welcomed, but you must register in order to receive the link to the event.

The Digital Health Forum features two panel discussions and a moderated conversation. Brief welcome comments by Rich Bendis and Michele Whelley, CEO of BHI and EAGB, respectively, will open the Forum.

  • PANEL ONE: The Role of Academia in Digital Health
  • PANEL TWO: Digital Health in Healthcare
  • CLOSING CONVERSATION: International Collaboration in Digital Health

Visit to learn more and register for this FREE Event today.

Sponsored by: First National Bank, Olive, and TEDCO


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Are you a biohealth company with innovative technology seeking funds to advance your commercialization activities?  Do not miss a unique opportunity to discuss your innovation research and commercialization plans directly with Program Officers from NSF, NIH and its individual institutes (NCI, NIA, NIAID, NIDA, NHLBI) and the University of Maryland MIPS.  Learn how to write compelling Research Aims and Commercialization Plans, current areas of focus for nondilutive funding resources, additional government resources, and best industry strategies to support your firm’s growth. Confirmed speakers/partnering meeting participants include:

  • Henry Ahn - Program Director, National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Lynne Stein Benzion – Director, Economic Development, Montgomery County Econ. Dev. Corp. (MCEDC)
  • Katie Bratlie - Program Director, National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Christie Canaria, PhD - Program Director, SBIR Development Center, National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • Judy Costello – Managing Director, Economic Development, BioHealth Innovation (BHI)
  • Stephanie Davis, PhD - Small Business Program Coordinator, NIH Nat’l Heart Lung & Blood Inst. (NHLBI)
  • Sharon Disque, Economic Development Manager, City of Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • Stephanie Fertig, HHS Small Business Program Lead, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Jonathan Franca-Koh, PhD - Program Director, SBIR Development Center, National Cancer Inst (NCI).
  • Armineh Ghazarian - Senior Program Analyst, NIH National Institute on Aging (NIA)
  • Colleen Gibney, SBIR Deputy Project Manager, US Army Medical Research & Dev. Command (USAMRDC)
  • Luis Gutierrez - Entrepreneur-in-Residence, BioHealth Innovation, Inc. (BHI)
  • Todd Haim, PhD - Chief, Office of Small Business Research, NIH National Institute on Aging (NIA)
  • Elena Koustova, PhD, MBA - Director, Office of Translational Initiatives and Program Innovations (OTIPI), NIDA SBIR/STTR Coordinator, NIH National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) Office of Director
  • Ashwin Kulkarni, COO, miRecule; Associate, BioHealth Innovation, Inc. (BHI)
  • Natalia Kruchinin, PhD SBIR/STTR Program Coordinator, RTSP, DEA, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • Carla Merritt, Senior Business Development Representative, Maryland Department of Commerce
  • JR Myers, SBIR Project Manager, US Army Medical Research & Development Command (USAMRDC)
  • Mike Minicozzi, PhD, Senior Program Officer, DAIT, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • Alastair Monk - Program Director, National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Deepa Narayanan - Program Director and Team Lead, NIH National Cancer Institute SBIR Development Center (NCI)
  • Rini Pek, PhD - Senior Analyst, BioHealth Innovation, Inc. (BHI)
  • Erik Pierstorff - Program Director, National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Victor Prikhodko - Senior Business Dev. Mgr., SBIR/STTR NIH National Inst. of Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  • Monique Pond, PhD - Program Director, SBIR Development Center, National Cancer Institute
  • Reema Railkar, PhD - Program Manager, SBIR Development Center, National Cancer Institute
  • Saroj Regmi, PhD - Health Science Administrator, Office of Small Business Research, NIH National Institute on Aging
  • Andrea Renner - Technical Assistance Advocate, US Army Medical Research & Dev Command (USAMRDC)
  • Ethel Rubin, PhD - Entrepreneur-in-Residence, BioHealth Innovation, Inc. (BHI)
  • Anthony Saleh, PhD – CEO, miRecule
  • Ben Schrag,PhD - Program Director, National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • John Sullivan - Entrepreneur-in-Residence, BioHealth Innovation, Inc. (BHI)
  • Onur Unal, Manager, Life Sciences Projects, Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS), Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (MTech), University of Maryland

 Register (no fee) today!  Questions: BHI@BioHealthInnovation.orgNOTE:  Different institutes are available to meet at different times during the March 17-19th period.               You will be able to request meetings once you have registered and received the partnering log-in.

Register Now!

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EIR Feedback (BHI)

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Are you a biohealth start-up in Maryland, DC or Virginia seeking feedback on your biohealth business idea, pitch deck, or commercialization plan? Schedule your feedback session with BHI EIRs on one of the following dates. Pre-registration is required; Sign up here

For questions/more information, contact BHI.

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During this 90 min event, experts from organizations central to vaccine development and delivery, regulatory oversight and quality assurance will discuss over the course of two high-level panels what’s needed for the global COVID-19 vaccination campaign, how to build public trust in the quality and effectiveness of vaccines, and how these investments can build better systems for the future.

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