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Every two years leader of the life science industry gather from across the state to connect, celebrate, learn, inspire, imagine, and drive forward the development of R&D and commercialization in Virginia in focused ways.

On Thursday May 2, 2019 we expect over 400 attendees - leaders of bioscience companies big and small, research universities, policy makers, innovative health care systems, patient groups, CROs and professionals, and others from across Virginia and beyond to gather in Richmond for THRiVE 2019: Creating the future of bioscience in Virginia.

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Researchers at the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) recently received $3.5M from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to advance understanding of the complex process by which the immune system produces highly specialized antibodies. The goal of the project is to design and test novel vaccine candidates that improve the protective antibody response against HIV-1. IBBR Fellow Dr. Yuxing Li (Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Maryland School of Medicine) is principal investigator on the award.

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Autolus Therapeutics plc (Nasdaq: AUTL), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing next-generation programmed T cell therapies for the treatment of cancer, announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan drug designation to autologous enriched T-cells genetically modified with a retroviral vector to express two chimeric antigen receptors targeting CD19 and CD22 (AUTO3) for the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

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Kite Pharma, a California-based biopharmaceutical company that develops innovative cancer immunotherapies, announced plans today to open a new biologics manufacturing facility in Frederick County that will produce innovative cell therapies for people with cancer. A Gilead company, Kite will open the new facility on a 20-acre site in the Urbana Corporate Center, with plans to create a significant number of job opportunities.

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GlycoMimetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: GLYC) announced today dosing of the first patient in a Phase 3 clinical trial being conducted under the auspices of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between GlycoMimetics and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health. The second in a series of trials designed to evaluate uproleselan across the continuum of care in AML, this NCI-sponsored study is evaluating the addition of uproleselan to a standard cytarabine/daunorubicin regimen (7&3) in older adults with previously untreated AML who are suitable for intensive chemotherapy. A third trial, to be conducted by the European HOVON consortium, is expected to initiate later this year.

3rd Annual Downstream Purification Symposium

Bio‑Rad welcomes you to attend the 3rd Annual Downstream Purification Symposium at Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research. This event will include discussion of new developments in purification of biologics and key industry regulatory topics. Thursday, May 9, 2019

9:00 AM–5:00 PM

Location

Institute for Bioscience & Biotechnology Research

9600 Gudelsky Drive

Rockville, MD 20850

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The Small Business Administration (SBA) has statutory authority to establish federal Government-wide policies to implement the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. SBA recently issued a significantly revised final SBIR/STTR Policy Directive, which is effective May 2, 2019. See 84 FR 12794. Below we highlight the major changes implemented in the revised policy directive.