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Personal Genome Diagnostics Inc. (PGDx), a leader in cancer genomics, today announced that it has applied the CE mark to PGDx elio™ plasma resolve. It is the first kitted plasma-based NGS oncology test to have that certification, enabling greater access to genomic testing for cancer patients in Europe.

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Innovation is a principal driver of U.S. economic growth. In 2019, the U.S. will spend an estimated $581 billion on research and development — more than any other country in the world and about 25% of the world’s total — helping the nation rank No. 6 on the Global Innovation Index. According to the results of the ranking, knowledge and technology outputs are America’s particular strengths.

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It all begins at birth. That’s the starting point for Kurt Newman as he shares his poignant journey as a pediatric surgeon. Newman offers a new perspective for approaching the most chronic and debilitating health conditions. Against a backdrop of personal challenges and patients who overcame impossible odds, we learn to appreciate the importance of treating every child with early customized care, and an eye for the future.

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BioTalk Host Rich Bendis sits down with Anne Lindblad, Ph.D., President, and CEO of Emmes, to discuss her view of the region, her history with the company, and their mission, vision, and values.

Anne Lindblad, Ph.D., joined Emmes in 1982 as a Biostatistician and is currently the President and CEO. She has supported clinical research throughout her career, serving as Principal Investigator of projects spanning diverse disease areas, including neurology, ophthalmology, oncology, dialysis, transplantation, speech and hearing, and dentistry. Dr. Lindblad has been an NIH reviewer on multiple project applications for NINDS, NEI, NICHD, NIDCR, NIDDK, and NCCAM and has served as a member or chair of several Data and Safety Monitoring Committees for NEI, NIAAA, NIDDK, and NINDS. She was a member of an Advisory Committee charged with drafting policy to shape the appropriate planning and conduct of intramural studies at NIH. She was elected to the Board of Directors for the Society for Clinical Trials (2003-2006) and served as Program Chair (2002), as an Officer (2006-2014), and as President (2012-2013). Dr. Lindblad was selected to serve on NIH’s National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council from 2004 through 2008. She has taught courses in best practices in clinical trial design and conduct for ophthalmologists, neurologists, and immunologists. She has published and presented over 100 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. Dr. Lindblad joined the Board of BioHealth Innovation in 2018.  Emmes has grown from 15 employees in 1982 to over 650 globally. In 2019 Emmes announced a significant investment by Behrman Capital which will allow Emmes to gain access to new tools, talent, service offerings, and expanded footprint faster than what Emmes might otherwise have accomplished.

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Eargo, a direct-to-consumer health technology company that is destigmatizing hearing loss through innovation, announced it raised $52 million in Series D funding from existing investors New Enterprise Associates (NEA), the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, Nan Fung Life Sciences, and Maveron. And new investor Future Fund also participated in this round.

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Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. ("Alexandria" or the "Company") (NYSE: ARE) today announced that it has priced a public offering of $200,000,000 aggregate principal amount of 4.000% senior notes due 2024, $350,000,000 aggregate principal amount of 3.800% senior notes due 2026 and $300,000,000 aggregate principal amount of 4.850% senior notes due 2049. Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and SMBC Nikko Securities America, Inc. are acting as joint book-running managers in connection with the public offering and Barclays Capital Inc., BB&T Capital Markets, a division of BB&T Securities, LLC, BBVA Securities Inc., BNP Paribas Securities Corp., Capital One Securities, Inc., Evercore Group L.L.C., Fifth Third Securities, Inc., Mizuho Securities USA LLC, PNC Capital Markets LLC, RBC Capital Markets, LLC, Regions Securities LLC, Samuel A. Ramirez & Company, Inc., Scotia Capital (USA) Inc., SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc., TD Securities (USA) LLC, U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc. and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC are acting as co‑managers in connection with the public offering.

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Just as the drug pricing debate on Capitol Hill is heating up, an important new study, “The Bayh-Dole Act’s Vital Importance to the U.S. Life-Sciences Innovation System,” published by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF), underscores the law’s contribution to the United States’ lead in the life sciences. The report warns that attempts to misuse the march-in rights provision of the law to control drug prices would have serious consequences to our competitiveness and our health.

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  • PR and Marketing – What’s the difference?
  • How do you establish your brand?
  • Are their tips for marketing on a tight budget?
  • What should an effective marketing plan include?
  • How can a strong digital strategy build credibility?
  • How can I get press coverage for my product/service/technology?
  • What type of budget is realistic for marketing/public relations activities?

Learn the answers to these questions and more through the April 4th PathFinder Innovation Program. (There is no charge to attend in person or by videoconference, however, pre-registration by NOON, 4/2 is required).

8:15 a.m. Networking and Coffee
8:30 a.m.  – Issues Overview and Discussion (in person/by videoconference)

  • Pam Clark, Principal, Creative Director - Clark Concepts
  • Warren Ellis, VP of Marketing, Montgomery County Economic Development Corp.
  • Rachel Wojnilower, Digital Marketing Manager – Clark Concepts
  • Jennifer Owers, WebDesigner/Project Manager – Clark Concepts

9:45 a.m. – 1:1 Office Hours (in person/by videoconference)*

This program is cosponsored by BioHealth Innovation, Launch Workplaces, and TEDCO. It is open to anyone in the BioHealth Capital Region.  

To register/for more information, email:  BHI@BioHealthInnovation.   (Please include in your RSVP:  Your company name, your title and contact information, the type of product(s) services you are promoting, and your interest in a 1:1 meeting following the overview session.)

*Attendance at Overview in person/by videoconference is required to participate in 1:1 sessions.

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Sonavex, Inc., a privately held medical device company focused on empowered patient care, announced today that on March 8, 2019 it received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its EchoSure device to deliver definitive blood flow data on demand.

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Cell therapy is emerging, cell by cell, into the repertoire of medical therapies. However, it still has not broken into mainstream use. For instance, there are only two FDA-approved chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell treatments in the United States: Kymirah, Novartis’s treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and Yescarta, Kite Pharma’s treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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Visibility, speaking out, courage and organization. Forty years ago, these were the things that brought the Orphan Drug Act to life. On Sunday, February 24, across the U.S. and India, over 7,000 supporters gathered in the same passion: speaking out and bringing visibility to the more than 7,000 disorders collectively known as rare diseases, organized under the banner of Racefor7USA and its parent organizations, the Organization for Rare Disease India (ORDI) and Organization for Rare Diseases India in the U.S. (ORDIUSA).

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Cutting Edge Lab Space Available

The NIH is the cornerstone to the world scientific community and is the largest life sciences engine in the US.  

Bethesda Bio gives life science companies the ability to be on the doorstep of this invaluable wealth of resources, community, talent, technology, intellectual property, clinical studies. The existing Bethesda central business district provides a vibrant live, work and play environment to recruit and retain the best scientific minds. Over the past two decades, Bethesda has been the center of Montgomery County and the hub of innovation.

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Emmes today announced that Behrman Capital, a leading private equity firm, has made a significant investment in the company.  The capital will allow Emmes, one of the Washington area's top 100 largest private companies, to expand and strengthen its service offerings and international presence.

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Are you a start-up in Maryland, DC or Virginia seeking feedback on your biohealth business idea, pitch deck, or commercialization plan?  Sign up by noon 3/19 to schedule your feedback session with BHI Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (who have industry experience in therapeutics, Dx, medtech and more) next Wednesday, March 20th.  (The next session is scheduled for 3/20 and 5/22.)  Pre-registration is required; sign up here("EIR resource" at BHI).  For questions/more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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More than 120 people registered for last week’s SBIR Workshop organized by BioHealth Innovation in partnership with Launch Workplaces and support from TEDCO and NIH FCU.  

The event featured program overviews, “how to” sessions regarding specific aspects of proposal development and 1:1 partnering meetings with the program managers.  

Speakers included:  Todd Haim,  Ph.D., Chief, Office of Small Business Research NIA;  Mike Pieck, Ph.D., Small Business Coordinator, NHLBI; Maureen (Cusick) Thomas, Outreach Coordinator, NIA;Victor Prikhodko, Business Advisor, NIDA; Amir Rahbar, PhD, MBA, Program Director, NCI;  Vladimir M. Popov, PhD, Business Dev. Manager, NCI-FNL;Amir Rahbar, PhD, MBA, Program Director, NCI; Henry Ahn, Program Director SBIR/STTR, NSF; and Colleen Gibney, SBIR Deputy Project Mgr, USAMRMC.  

44% of the attendees had applied for SBIR funding before with half of these innovators receiving a Phase 1.  Only 16% had received a Phase II award.  The majority of attendees were from Montgomery and Frederick Counties and the City of Baltimore.  However, registrants also traveled from Virginia, DC, Illinois and Pennsylvania.