When it comes to drug discovery and development, nowadays a lot of the work is done by small- or medium-sized healthcare companies. The biopharma industry heavily relies on their results, so SMEs carry an immense load on their shoulders. But without outside help, their mission is nearly impossible.


A decade ago, a wave of companies promised to transform people’s health by allowing them to track data about their eating, sleep, exercise, and other habits. One hot startup of that moment, Zeo, raised more than $30 million from investors to develop a headband that tracked users’ sleep patterns and an accompanying app to serve as their personal “sleep coach.” Despite devoted users and buzz about its product in publications like Wired and Popular Science, Zeo quietly went out of business a few years later.


Swedish bioprinting company CELLINK has entered into a partnership with organ and tissue engineering company Prellis Biologics, Inc. with the goal of commercializing high-resolution holographic bioprinting technology for micro-scale printing. By combining their IP and respective expertise, the companies will introduce what they call the “first system enabling ultra-high resolution bioprinting of microstructures” for producing vascular networks.


QIAGEN N.V. (NYSE: QGEN; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) today announced that a clinical development program is underway with Novartis to bring to market a molecular test as a companion diagnostic to guide the use of the investigational compound BYL719 (alpelisib) in combination with fulvestrant for men and postmenopausal women living with PIK3CA mutated hormone receptor positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 negative (HR+/HER2-) advanced or metastatic breast cancer.


Perhaps the greatest promise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is its potential to enhance our ability to predict, diagnose, and treat disease.

That is why our researchers are continuing to look for new ways to leverage AI to aid our discovery and delivery of effective therapies.


GlaxoSmithKline announced this morning that it will buy Tesaro, the maker of the ovarian cancer drug Zejula, for $5.1 billion in cash in a dramatic bet that the London-based drug giant can see opportunities connected to the genetics of cancer drugs better than the stock market.


The United States spends more than any other nation on research and development (R&D) each year, investing over $150 billion in federally funded R&D alone. In line with President Donald J. Trump’s Management Agenda, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today released a draft green paper detailing steps to modernize the U.S. system of technology transfer and innovation for the 21st century. The actions outlined in the green paper would help maximize returns on the taxpayer investment in R&D. 


The Board of Trade has served Greater Washington and its business community for 130 years. Today, it released a new three-year strategy for driving inclusive economic growth and improving livability, critical factors for the region's long-term success.

The strategy includes nine goals related to the Board of Trade's operations, offerings for members, and regional development initiatives.


In its 24th year, the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 is the premier technology awards program in North America.  The program celebrates the innovation, entrepreneurship and rapid growth that these cutting-edge companies all embody.  This year’s Fast 500 winners were selected based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth during the period from 2014 to 2017 across a number of sectors, including Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices. Five of these fast-growing companies call the Biohealth Capital Region home.

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Explore Legal Issues for Early Stage Companies

Business formation and governance • Advisory Board vs. Board of Directors Equity incentive plans • NDA’s (w/ potential co-owners/joint ventures/investors and employees) • Worker classifications (exempt vs. non-exempt; W2 or 1099) Employment contracts • Lease and distributor agreements • Customer agreements (for beta testing and beyond) • CRADA’s and technology transfer agreements


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Creatv MicroTech, Inc. (Creatv) has received notice from the Japanese Patent Office that its patent covering numerous clinical applications for the detection of cancer associated macrophage-like cells (CAMLs) in cancer patient blood samples has been issued. Clinical applications of the CAML biomarker include cancer screening, various cancer diagnostics, and early detection of disease recurrence. Approved claims cover all solid tumors. Similar patents have been issued in Europe and Australia.