The Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) and its board are pleased to welcome Bill Tompkins as Chief Operating Officer. Bill brings to Montgomery County a strong corporate and trade association background, having served in multiple senior level roles for Fortune 500 and other organizations.


While the high cost of living in San Francisco has famously grabbed headlines, the costs of simply meeting there, even for a few days, are becoming untenable for some.

As 9,000 official badge holders—alongside what could feel like three times as many unofficial attendees—swarmed downtown San Francisco for the annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, much of the opening small talk in the hastily bedless hotel suites-turned-meeting rooms began with, “Can you believe some of these prices?”


BIO, in partnership with the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), is proud to announce today that we are launching Innovature, an initiative to engage people in a dialogue on the promise of innovation in food and agriculture and the tangible benefits it brings to our planet, our health, and our food.

The goal of Innovature is to grow awareness, acceptance and adoption of gene editing in food and agriculture, and seed positive ground for future innovations that address some of society's most pressing challenges, such as climate change, hunger and sustainability.


Popper and Co., a strategy consulting and transaction advisory firm guiding medical technology and life sciences companies working on the leading-edge of diagnostics and patient management, announced today the addition of Vincent Linder, PhD and Gene Vivino to its growing team of industry and clinical senior advisors. Both Dr. Linder and Mr. Vivino provide strong industry knowledge and extensive operating experience, in addition to broad networks in both Europe and Asia. 


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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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.


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.


Is the pain stabbing or burning? On a scale from 1 to 10, is it a 6 or an 8?

Over and over, 17-year-old Sarah Taylor struggled to make doctors understand her sometimes debilitating levels of pain, first from joint-damaging childhood arthritis and then from fibromyalgia.


MOVE over Caltech, Georgia Tech, and MIT – the University of Oxford has been named the best university in the world for computer science degrees for 2019. The ranking compares the top computer science programs in the world. ETH Zurich ranked number 2 on the list, followed by Stanford University (No. 3), the University of Cambridge (No. 4), and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (No. 5).


The University of Maryland Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices celebrated its official launch on Thursday, January 3, 2019. The event kicked off included presentations by researchers at the Institute and supported by the the Institute taking place at the A. James Clark School of Engineering, the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Children’s National Health Center, University of Maryland Insitute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 12:30 - 4:00pm

Are you a young company or thinking of starting up a new firm.  What do you need to know related to taxes?  --tax credits? Filing? Tax liability? Other accounting issues? Learn the answers to these questions and more.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to participate in person / by video conference**       

  • 12:00 p.m. - Networking Lunch   
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. - Panel and Q&A with experts
  • 1:30 p.m. - 1:1 meetings*

*Attendance at Panel is required to participate in 1:1 meeting with expert.

**In person at BHI HQ, 1 Church Street, Rockville, MD or by videoconference.

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Congrats to Alexandria a BHI partner and Board Member for their commitment to early-stage BioHealth investing.

Alexandria Venture Investments, the strategic venture capital arm of Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. based in Pasadena, was recognized by Silicon Valley Bank as the most active biopharma investor by new deal volume in 2017-2018.


University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that Claire M. Fraser, PhD, a pioneer in the field of microbialgenomics, who is the Dean’s Endowed Professor, Department of Medicine, and Director of the Institutefor Genome Sciences (IGS), has been chosen as president-elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS is the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society and a leading publisher of cutting edge research through its Science family of journals.


The STSI's 107 individual indicators are sorted into five composites: research and development (R&D) inputs, risk capital and entrepreneurial infrastructure, human capital investment, technology and science workforce, and technology concentration and dynamism.