A ‘Direct-to-Phase II’ SBIR award is a Phase II award issued to a small business that did not receive a Phase I award for that research/research & development. Recent legislation has re-instated this SBIR Direct Phase II provision through Fiscal Year 2022 and NIH is re-implementing the SBIR Direct-to-Phase II program. The prior program had specific SBIR Direct-to-Phase II funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). These will not be needed now. The transition to FORMS-E allows NIH to track SBIR Direct-to-Phase II applications using a new check-box on the SBIR/STTR Information Form for Direct Phase II


With a symposium about „Personalized Medicine Depends on Tissue Quality“ and an opening ceremony in presence of Benjamin Wu, Maryland Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Jan Gardner, Frederick County Executive and members of the County Council as well as 120 international guests the new Indivumed Headquarter was officially opened.


Cerecor Inc. (NASDAQ: CERC), a biopharmaceutical company focused on becoming a leader in development and commercialization of treatments for rare and orphan diseases in pediatrics and neurology, announced today that it has submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) three Orphan Drug Designation (ODD) Requests for substrate replacement therapies to treat ultra-rare inherited metabolic disorders known as Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation (CDGs).


Price controls under consideration by the administration would reduce the biopharmaceutical industry’s investment in R&D, which would slow the pace of drug discovery. It would also damage the life science innovation ecosystem because biopharma firms contribute to knowledge sharing, including through university research in all 50 states, scientific publications (over 12,500 in 2017 alone), and other activities designed to develop and disseminate discoveries.


In the U.S. alone, there are over 100 million chronic wound visits every year. By 2020, the general wound care market is expected to hit about $20.5 billion. Maryland’s Gemstone Biotherapeutics aims to address this market with a highly tunable, novel biosynthetic wound healing product that is heading towards FDA review. Now with a 2019 Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund (MSCRF) grant award they are drawing a lot of attention as a company to watch in the regenerative medicine space.


On November 9th, 3675 Market Street will officially open its doors to the public about two years after its ceremonial groundbreaking. So far, the 14-story building is exactly what its partners — the Science Center, Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC), Wexford Science and Technology, BioLabs and Ventas — promised it would be, a 345,000 square foot mixed-use property that houses lab, clinical, office, educational, event and co-working space. The Science Center is relocating its headquarters there, leasing 50,000 square feet of the property, and the organization has even turned is ever-popular Quorum entrepreneur’s clubhouse into a two-story 15,000-square-foot hub that’s now accessible from the ground level.


The PIC MC Foundation Board of Directors invites you to celebrate a significant milestone in the development of PIC MC. Join us, along with state and local leaders, for the

PIC MC RISE Zone Celebration and Ribbon Cutting


Monday, November 26, from 2–3:30 p.m.
(Program begins promptly at 2:15 p.m.)
Speakers to include Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett


PIC MC Germantown Campus
High Technology and Science Center (HT), Globe Hall (click on map for parking)
20200 Observation Drive
Germantown, Maryland 20876
Parking for this event will be in LOT 4.

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Novavax, Inc., (Nasdaq:NVAX) today announced the appointment of Rachel King, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of GlycoMimetics, Inc., to its Board of Directors. In addition to extensive experience as an executive in the biotechnology industry, Mrs. King has also worked in the venture capital side of life sciences, and has held executive positions within a global multinational pharmaceutical company.


Johnson & Johnson Innovation announced the extension of the Johnson & Johnson Innovation Partnering Office at Queensland University of Technology (JJIPO @ QUT) for three years in collaboration with the Queensland State Government at the AusBiotech National Conference in Brisbane yesterday.


Tuesday ,November 6, 2018 6:15 PM - 8:30 PM, Hotel Annapolis126 West StreetAnnapolis, MD 21401

FounderTrac invites you to Demo Day!

The FounderTrac accelerator ‘connects the dots’ by creating an inclusive environment that combines curriculum, capital, mentorship, and community. FounderTrac is an elite accelerator where impactful founders work in a high-performance environment that inspires and weaponizes them to become “fulfillionaires” (founders who achieve venture success while doing fulfilling work). FounderTrac is a Partnership between The Maryland Tech Council, LAUNCH! Annapolis, MCVC Partners and TEDCO to bring a community-based accelerator to Annapolis, MD.


OpGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPGN) today announced a collaboration with QIAGEN N.V. to advance rapid diagnostics for antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Strengthening OpGen’s entry into the United States market, the companies have entered into an agreement to commercialize a new solution for the detection of multidrug resistant bacterial pathogens based on QIAGEN’s EZ1 Advanced XL automated nucleic acid purification instrumentation (EZ1) and kits for the United States. The EZ1 will be utilized in the test workflow for the Acuitas® AMR Gene Panel u5.47 products. The AMR Gene Panel family of rapid diagnostics tests has been designed to detect and identify multidrug-resistant bacterial pathogens in urine and bacterial isolates in approximately two hours. The test was developed for use with the Acuitas Lighthouse® Software for predicting antibiotic resistance and high-resolution pathogen tracking. The AMR Gene Panel u5.47 and the Acuitas Lighthouse Software are currently available for Research Use Only (RUO).


Joel Marcus, chairman at Alexandria Real Estate Equities, discusses the risk of rising interest rates, how government action on drug pricing could impact the firm's pharmaceutical tenants, and exploring opportunities in the agriculture technology sector. He speaks with Bloomberg's Erik Schatzker from the Robin Hood Investors Conference on "Bloomberg Markets."


Although we’re told business isn’t personal, the reality is that business is built on relationships.

In other words, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. And if the numbers tell us anything, it’s that socially and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs need more chances to connect to new networks that have the resources to push their businesses forward.


QIAGEN N.V. (NYSE: QGEN; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) today announced the launch of major enhancements to QIAGEN Clinical Insight (QCI) bioinformatics solutions to deliver expanded Sample to Insight workflows for clinical next-generation sequencing (NGS). QIAGEN introduced QCI Analyze Universal for full end-to-end workflow support of all major clinical sequencing platforms and assay types, along with expanded QCI capabilities for interpretation of biomarkers in immuno-oncology as well as other enhancements, at the Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) Annual Meeting & Expo from November 1-3, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas.


CEL-SCI Corporation (NYSE American: CVM) announced today it has received just under $8 million through the exercise of warrants to purchase shares of the Company's common stock during the past 3 months. As of October 22, 2018, CEL-SCI had 28,271,615 outstanding shares of common stock.


Neuralstem, Inc. (Nasdaq:CUR), a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel treatments for nervous system diseases, today announced that it has entered into definitive agreements with institutional investors for the purchase of 3,000,000 shares of its common stock, at a purchase price per share of $0.70, in a registered direct offering. Additionally, Neuralstem has also agreed to issue to the investors unregistered warrants to purchase up to 3,000,000 shares of its common stock. The closing of the offering is expected to take place on or about October 29, 2018, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. 


RegeneRx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCQB: RGRX) ("the Company" or "RegeneRx"), a clinical-stage drug development company focused on tissue protection, repair and regeneration, today announced a clinical trial update provided by GtreeBNT, RegeneRx's partner for development of RGN-259 and RGN-137 in the U.S.:


Epigenomics AG (FSE: ECX, OTCQX: EPGNY) today announced that it has received CE Mark for its blood test to aid in detecting liver cancer among patients with cirrhosis two months ahead of schedule. The test will be commercialized under the brand name “HCCBloodTest”. In 2019, the company plans to initiate a prospective clinical trial in the U.S. for submission to the FDA. Additionally, Epigenomics is evaluating options to expedite CFDA approval in China.


Wound Care Advantage, a leading provider of management and consulting services for outpatient wound care and hyperbaric medicine programs, today announced a partnership with Tissue Analytics, the world's leading mobile imaging and artificial intelligence (AI) platform for wound management. The partnership allows for WCA to leverage its clinical expertise and 17 years of clinical data with Tissue Analytics' imaging and AI to improve the accuracy of measurement during wound assessments and provide better insights into the efficacy of wound treatments to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs.