GSK today announced it will be a key partner, with an investment of $25m (approx £17m), in a pioneering new global fund for dementia research. The Dementia Discovery Fund, which is being established by the UK government with initial commitments totalling $100m, brings together leading pharmaceutical companies, the UK government and Alzheimer’s Research UK to address the rising threat posed by dementia by supporting research into future treatments.
The fund aims to identify and nurture promising new avenues of research from around the world in the field of dementia and supports GSK’s commitment to explore novel, collaborative approaches in challenging areas of research. It is hoped that by providing critical financial support and expert advice during the early stages of research, the development of innovative new treatments for this disease could be accelerated.
For the second consecutive year, Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine are co-sponsors of DreamIt Health Baltimore, a four-month boot camp for entrepreneurs that prepares health information technology startups to present their innovative ideas to the world. is a four-month intensive boot camp for entrepreneurs,
The program, designed to accelerate new product development for health IT startup companies, provides six new startups with access to top-tier legal and accounting services, along with opportunities to meet and pitch their ideas to angel investors and venture capitalists. Each startup also receives seed capital of up to $50,000.
At its growing East Baltimore facility, Emergent BioSolutions has produced a booster shot to go with a leading Ebola vaccine candidate, joining a competitive race to make a safe and effective tool to stop the spread of an outbreak that continues in West Africa and to prevent future outbreaks.
MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca, today announced that it has entered into a new five year Scientific and Technological Cooperation Agreement with the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), an independent public foundation with the mission to foster research and the scientific and technological development of the State of São Paulo in Brazil. This collaboration, which is the result of a cross-functional effort among MedImmune, AstraZeneca Brazil, and the State of São Paulo, will focus on identifying and accessing the best science and scientists in the cardiovascular and metabolic disease areas at São Paulo’s public and private research institutions.
Juan González sees one glaring difference between Spain and the U.S.
Just like America, Spain has plenty of ideas, entrepreneurs, investors and even accelerators to support startups.
The Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) announced today that three Maryland companies received funding from its Cybersecurity Investment Fund (CIF). Strajillion, Protenus, and Ridgeback are the first three companies, each receiving $100,000, through CIF. The Fund supports Maryland companies develop and commercialize new cybersecurity products or services by providing investments of up to $100,000.
“CIF is the first dedicated cybersecurity fund created in the State to help establish Maryland as the innovation hub of information security,” said Rob Rosenbaum, president and executive director of TEDCO. “We are extremely pleased to have funded these companies and believe they have created very unique products and with the financial support from CIF, are confident they can accelerate their development and commercial launch.”
Wednesday, April 1st, 2015--6:00PM to 8:00PM
With all of the focus on patient engagement, physician adoption, increased accessibility, lowering costs, improving outcomes and the millions of dollars pouring into the burgeoning Health IT space, this is an important discussion to have in terms of the sustainability and economic viability of these ventures.
Emergent BioSolutions Inc. has manufactured a possible Ebola vaccine that could serve as the booster for GlaxoSmithKline's frontrunner candidate in the international race to create an effective treatment for the deadly virus.
Gaithersburg-based Emergent (NYSE: EBS) produced a vaccine batch that will be used by Oxford University researchers in a Phase 1 clinical trial with GlaxoSmithKline's Ebola candidate. GSK's candidate uses a type of chimpanzee virus to deliver safe genetic material from the Zaire strain of Ebola, the strain responsible for the epidemic in West Africa. That drug candidate began clinical trials in Africa in January, Reuters reported.
Funding and Research Opportunities
The following funding opportunity announcements from the NHLBI or other components of the National Institutes of Health, might be of interest:
- Use of Updated Inclusion Enrollment Format Now Required for Successful Submission of RPPR
- Notice of NIDDK Participation in RFA-CA-15-006 "Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Advancing Biomedical Science Using Crowdsourcing and Interactive Digital Media (UH2)"
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
- Notice of NIEHS' Participation in RFA-CA-15-006 "NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Advancing Biomedical Science Using Crowdsourcing and Interactive Digital Media (UH2)"
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
- Notice of Change in Application Due Date for RFA-ES-15-004 "NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Biomedical Data Science Training Coordination Center (U24)"
- National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
- Notice of National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Participation in PA-15-027 "Research on Eosinophil Associated Disorders (R01)"
- Notice of National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Participation in RFA-CA-15-006 "Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Advancing Biomedical Science Using Crowdsourcing and Interactive Digital Media (UH2)
- National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
Requests for Applications:
- Summer Institute for Research Education in Biostatistics (R25)
- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Application Receipt Date(s): June 01, 2015
Please note that most links to RFAs, PAs, and Guide Notices will take you to the NIH Web site. RFPs will take you to FedBizOpps. Links to RFPs will not work past their proposal receipt date. Archived versions of RFPs posted on FedBizOpps can be found on the FedBizOpps site using the FedBizOpps search function. Under “Document to Search,” select Archived Documents.
University of Maryland students might pay for an Uber ride home after a night out in College Park. Now, Uber's about to pay them.
The company will invest $25,000 over the next two years in student-run startups at the University of Maryland, College Park, one of only three college partnerships for the San Francisco-based ride-share company, the university announced Sunday.
Just because startup incubators don’t employ dozens of people directly, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be eligible for the same economic development tax credit other spaces get.
That’s the argument two Baltimore-based state lawmakers are making with a pair of bills that were heard in Annapolis during the current legislative session.
Photo by Flickr user Maryland GovPics, used under a Creative Commons license
The NCI Technology Transfer Center offers fellowships under the Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) program. These fellowships provide people having advanced degrees with training and mentored work experience in technology transfer. For more information on the TTC Fellowship:
Oak Investment Partners, New Enterprise Associates and Revolution should be familiar players now to those companies in Maryland looking to get venture capital funding.
All three were in the top 10 in terms of firms that invested in Maryland companies in 2013; this year, all three made the top five, along with two newcomers. The information comes from our List of Venture Capital Firms that invested in Maryland companies in 2014.
Nimbus Therapeutics will have $43 million to progress clinical trials of its non-alcoholic liver disease drug after the company successfully completed a financing round.
The Series B investment was led by Pfizer Venture Investments and Lightstone Ventures. Previous investors, including Atlas Venture, SR One, Lilly Ventures and Bill Gates, also participated.
MdBio Foundation is hosting ATLAS College + Career STEM Symposium. This event targets high school upperclassmen and college undergraduates from backgrounds typically underrepresented in STEM.
ATLAS needs STEM professionals and graduate students to participate in upcoming events. Please contact Erica Smith if you would like to volunteer or for additional details.
Limited sponsorship packages are still available to support this highly successful program and other MdBio Foundation initiatives. Contact Brian Gaines to learn more.
A newly released independent study, commissioned by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), documents the significant impact academia-industry technology transfer makes to the U.S. economy.
The report, entitled, “The Economic Contribution of University/Nonprofit Inventions in the United States: 1996- 2013,” estimates that, during this 18-year time period, academia-industry patent licensing bolstered U.S. gross industry output by up to $1.18 trillion, U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) by up to $518 billion, and supported up to 3,824,000 U.S. jobs.
The world's first venture capital fund dedicated to finding new ways to prevent and treat dementia has raised more than $100 million with the backing of the British government and several of the world's leading drugmakers.
The global Dementia Discovery Fund is unique in focusing on a single difficult to treat disorder and in bringing together industry and government.
THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2015 | 4:30 – 7:00 PM
ALEXANDRIA CENTER® FOR LIFE SCIENCE – NEW YORK CITY
Converge at Alexandria is a quarterly series of panel discussions, presented by the
Alexandria Center for Life Science – NYC and the Roche Innovation Center – NY, exploring the most highly debated topics currently facing the life science community. Featuring a panel of experts representing key stakeholders from the R&D continuum, including researchers, clinicians, patients, funders, and non-profits, Converge at Alexandria will engage NYC’s life science community in discussions around current critical issues and provide the regular touch points necessary for ongoing connectivity and collaboration among NYC’s broad and diverse life science community.
Peter Thiel is the co-founder of PayPal, the investor who discovered Facebook, and the author of Zero to One, a short account of the counterintuitive thinking that’s made him a godfather figure in Silicon Valley (see “The Contrarian’s Guide to Changing the World.”)+
But what’s less well known about Thiel is his affinity for biotechnology. By now he has invested in more than 25 startups, one of which has already turned into a $1 billion success story.+
Welcome to the fourth annual Inside Higher Ed academic bracket for the National Collegiate Athletic Association women's basketball tournament. With this bracket, how teams perform in the classroom is what determines the victor.
Here's how it works: to determine the winners, we first look to the Academic Progress Rate, the N.C.A.A.'s multiyear measure of a team's classroom performance. When two teams tie, we turn to the N.C.A.A.'s Graduation Success Rate, which measures the proportion of athletes on track to graduate within six years. In the event of a G.S.R. tie, we then turn to the Federal Graduation Rate, a slightly different formula that the government uses to track graduation rates.
Commercially available unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, have gotten pretty amazing and quite cheap over the last few years, thanks to new brushless motors, lithium polymer batteries, and sensors already found in today’s smartphones. They’re already being used by farmers to survey fields, real estate agents to survey properties, and by rescue teams to look for people in difficult to reach places. Lately there have been attempts to use drones for medical applications, such as ferrying automatic external defibrillators and emergency medicines faster than ambulances. In the latest Air Medical Journal, three researchers from Mayo Clinic’s Department of Surgery investigate the potential for drones to be used to deliver things such as drugs and blood derivatives to clinics, disaster areas, and to remote places that are expensive to reach such as ships and offshore oil platforms.
A new diet known by the acronym MIND (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) could significantly lower a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD) — even if the diet is not meticulously followed, according to a paper published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.
This finding comes from a longitudinal study by Rush University Medical Center and Harvard School of Public Health of 923 volunteers (144 of them developed AD) shows that the MIND diet lowered the risk of AD by as much as 53 percent in participants who adhered to the diet rigorously, and by about 35 percent in those who followed it moderately well.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 06:00pm - 09:00pm
March is Women's History Month. To honor this special time, WIB-DC/Baltimore presents an educational event on the topic of financing with biotech entrepreneurs Wendy Perrow, M.B.A. (CEO at Alba Therapeutics) and Audra Stinchcomb, Ph.D. (CSO and Founder of F6 Pharma), who will share their knowledge and experience with funding a biotech enterprise. Entrepreneur Iris Sherman, M.B.A. (President and Cofounder of Kitchology) will serve as moderator for this discussion.
Thursday, March 26, 2015, 05:30pm - 09:00pm
The 10th Annual TechAwards celebration will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 5:30 to 9:00 pm at the Hilton Baltimore Hotel welcoming more than 350 tech minded-executives and honoring the region's rising tech companies, outstanding innovators and all-around top "geeks". We are pleased to have Title Sponsor support from 2014 Rising Star Award Winner, ZeroFOX.