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BioHealth Innovation, Inc. (BHI) announced today that John P. Sullivan has joined BHI as a new Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), working with Ethel Rubin, PhD, ventures team head, to provide product, corporate and private investment strategy for NIH portfolio companies.

“We are pleased to have Mr. Sullivan join the team of EIRs serving NIH,” said Richard Bendis, BHI President and CEO. “His expertise in building, operating and acquiring health technology businesses will certainly be an asset as he works to provide the institution with industry insights and commercialization perspectives.”

Established with NIH in 2012, the EIR program is designed to connect NIH-funded start-ups with experienced industry experts who can help them maneuver through multi-disciplinary technical challenges and the business and regulatory environment to deploy new healthcare and biomedical technologies. 

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A sign of the BioHealth Capital Region’s industry growth is the increase in hiring taking place throughout the region.   More than 1800 job opportunities are listed on BioHealth Innovation’s website (  Many with relatively young companies expanding their regulatory, manufacturing and R&D teams.  To post positions, Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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HOLD THE DATE - January 29, 2019  8 am. – 12:30 p.m.

Meet 1:1 with SBIR program managers. Learn more about their funding programs (SBIR and more!) 

8-8:30 Networking and Registration

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. – Program Overviews*

10:00 – 12:30 p.m. – 1:1 Meetings with Program Managers**

Agencies represented include:   

*The program overview will be available by videoconference.

**You do not have to participate in 1:1 meetings.  However, to do so, you must attend the overview session in person.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED:  RSVP by noon 1/27:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Join us for the January 23, 2019 for PATHFINDER INNOVATION PROGRAM

Learn more about:

  • Overview and Reporting Requirements for Type of Entity
  • Impact of Accounting Methods 
  • Start-up Company Issues
  • International Investment
  • Tax Law Changes
  • State Tax Concerns
  • Tax Planning


12:00 p.m - Networking Lunch

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - Discussion with Q&A*  - Tom Christiana, Partner – Aronson, LLC

1:30 – 4:00 p.m. - One-on-one Meetings**

RSVP by noon, January 22, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

No charge to attend but pre-registration is required.*Attend in person (1 Church St, Rockville) or by videoconference**Attendance at discussion is required to participate in 1:1

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Please join me in celebrating two exciting leadership changes at JHTV. Steve Kousouris, who has been serving as Interim Executive Director of Technology Transfer at JHTV since June, has assumed this role permanently effective Jan.1. Additionally, Mark Bailey, previously Associate Director of Finance, will assume responsibility for the portfolio that Steve has overseen since 2013 in the capacity of Director, Finance & Administration.


Autolus Therapeutics plc (NASDAQ: AUTL), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing next-generation programmed T cell therapies, today announced that it has signed a long-term, full-building lease with Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. (NYSE: ARE) for the construction and development of an 85,000 square foot build-to-suit facility to be located in the Shady Grove Life Sciences Center in Rockville, Maryland. The new facility will house offices for Autolus' U.S.-based research and development, commercial and corporate functions and serve as its first full commercial-scale manufacturing center, with a planned capacity to produce 5,000 T cell therapies annually. In addition, Autolus has established a temporary U.S. headquarters in Rockville until the new facility is ready for occupancy, which is currently expected to occur in 2021.


2018 was a record year for biopharma initial public offerings (IPOs), with an all-time high of $6.3 billion raised by 58 U.S. companies as of December 17, according to Renaissance Capital, compared with 36 companies garnering some $4 billion in 2017.


For months, it had been clear that 2018 would be a banner year for pharmaceutical innovation. The question was, by how much would it shatter the previous (1996) record of 50 approvals (excluding diagnostics and imaging agents)? We now know. It exceeded it by over 20 percent. Last year, U.S. regulators approved a total of 61 drugs – 59 by FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), plus two recombinant therapies (Andexxa and Jivi) by its Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER).


Pharmaceutical companies are starting to see the retail supply chain as more than just a way to get drugs from point A to point B. It can be an opportunity to ensure better products and services and create a competitive advantage with consumers – but only if data is connected and well managed.