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Over the past couple of years, the term "record-breaking" has frequently been used to describe the state of venture capital in the US, as the space hits new heights with deal value, mega-rounds and fundraising. In 2018, some of these records reached heights not seen since the dot-com boom.

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Akonni Biosystems, a molecular diagnostics (MDx) company that develops, manufactures, and intends to market advanced MDx systems, today announced receipt of a $3 million, three-year Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Akonni received the Phase I contract in August 2016.

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Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (NYSE: EBS) today announced the appointment of Seamus Mulligan to the company’s Board of Directors effective March 19, 2019. Mr. Mulligan was a co-founder and principal investor of Adapt Pharma Ltd. and served as its chairman and CEO from 2014 until 2018, when Adapt was acquired by Emergent.

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The life sciences industry is taking off, with the medical technology and biotech sectors expected to grow further as traditional pharmaceutical companies are joined by startups and incubator labs driving new research and development. And with life sciences innovation rising, so is demand for the space in which to innovate.

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Are you an experienced biohealth entrepreneur seeking new opportunities in the BioHealth Capital Region? BioHealth Innovation is developing a database of experienced industry personnel willing to work in potential C-suite positions with our university and startup partners. If you would like to have your contact information and vita included in this database for their review, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. an updated vita by this Thursday, February 14th.

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YOU THOUGHT SHARK TANK WAS TOUGH?

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS at

https://form.jotform.com/90276838255163 

Submit your application for a chance to be named the Startup with the Most Commercial Potential at the BioHealth Capital Region Forum, win $10,000 and more!

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 8, 2019

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED: March 21, 2019

PRESENT AT THE BIOHEALTH CAPITAL REGION FORUM APRIL 9, 2019PRESENT AT THE BIOHEALTH CAPITAL REGION FORUM APRIL 9, 2019

Finalists will have a chance to win the grand prize by presenting in front of a panel of prominent industry funding experts and executives.

Distinguished Judges:

  • Moderator - Rich Bendis, President and CEO, BioHealth Innovation
  • 2019 Judges
    • John Rubin, Executive Director, JP Morgan Private Bank
    • Charles J. Andres, Intellectual Property Associate, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR)
    • Raghav Bhargava, Associate, New Enterprise Associates (NEA)
    • Ethel Rubin, NIH Entrepreneur in Residence
    • Representative from AstraZeneca
PRIZES
Grand Prize provided by WSGR $10,000
Visibility in front of hundreds of attendees and prominent industry and venture capital judges
 
CRITERIA
Product, Technical Feasibility, Marketing/Strategy, Leadership Team, Financial/Projection
 

PRIZES

Grand Prize provided by WSGR $10,000

Visibility in front of hundreds of attendees and prominent industry and venture capital judges 

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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 now to schedule your feedback session with BHI EIRs on Wednesday, February 27th.  (Next sessions 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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University of Maryland Institute for Bioscience & Biotechnology Research, 9600 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, MD 20850

Register NOW:  https://tinyurl.com/BHISBIR2019

  • 8:00 a.m. – Networking and Registration
  • 8:30 a.m. – Welcome
  • 8:35 a.m. – SBIR Funding Opportunities at the National Institutes of Health
    • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    • National Institute on Aging
    • National Institute on Drug Abuse
    • National Cancer Institute  
  • 9:45 a.m. – Partnership Opportunities with NCI Frederick National Lab  
  • 10:00 a.m. – BREAK
  • 10:20 a.m. – SBIR Funding Opportunities with the National Science Foundation    
  • 11:00 a.m. – BREAK  
  • 11:15 a.m. – SBIR Funding Opportunities with USAMRC    
  • 11:45 a.m. –  Lunch  
  • 12:45 p.m. – (1:1 Room Set)  
  • 1:00 p.m. – Writing Your Specific Aims Page OR 1:1 Meetings* (available simultaneously)  
  • 1:30 p.m. – Writing Your Phase II Commercialization Plan OR 1:1 Meetings* (available simultaneously)  
  • 2:00 p.m. – Writing Your Specific Aims Page OR 1:1 Meetings* (available simultaneously)  
  • 2:30 p.m. –  Writing Your Phase II Commercialization Plan  OR 1:1 Meetings* (available simultaneously))  
  • 3:00 p.m. –  1:1 Meetings* (NIH only)  
  • 4:00 p.m. – Adjourn

Pre-Registration REQUIRED: RSVP by noon, February 26 at https://tinyurl.com/BHISBIR2019
No charge for entrepreneurs to attend • If seeking 1:1 meeting(s) please include organization(s) in RSVP.

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Utilization of digital health services and technologies has been on the rise since we first began surveying the US adult population in 2015. Budding choices of wearables, apps, telemedicine, and other tech-enabled services make it easy for consumers to test out what it might be like to “go digital” for their health. In the first three years, our annual survey showed that tools for fitness and wellness represented a common (and low-risk) entry point for consumers to experiment with products that fit neatly into their already tech-enabled lifestyles. In the 2018 data that we examined for this report, we saw something different.

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PitchMasters™, a workshop-style event for entrepreneurs preparing for their first institutional capital raise, held its 2019 Kick Off and Alumni Event on Jan. 30, 2019. Four emerging startup companies, Skipiit, Trove Therapeutics, Uplift and VERALOX Therapeutics, practiced their pitching skills and gained insights from experienced entrepreneurs, investors, industry influencers and fellow PitchMasters™ alumni.

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The Association of University Research Parks (AURP), a professional association of university-related research and science parks, announced the appointment of Brian Darmody, Associate Vice President of Corporate Engagement at the University of Maryland (UMD), as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Additionally, the association has opened a new office at the UMD Discovery District in the Washington, DC area, to be known as ‘AURP HQ2.’ Mr. Darmody will immediately assume his new role as CEO at the new location. He will continue his role at UMD and plans to transition out of UMD over time.