Dr. Sally Rockey is NIH's Deputy Director for Extramural Research, serving as the principal scientific leader and advisor to the NIH Director on the NIH extramural research program.

In a November blog post, I mentioned the myriad of activities that are impacting our Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, one of which was the congressional effort to reauthorize these programs. Well, Congress voted on the reauthorization, and it was signed into law last December 31. I’ve been waiting until the Small Business Administration (SBA) released their interim guidance so I could give you the details of how the reauthorization will impact NIH small business grants.

The SBA guidance can be found in this blog  by Sean Greene, Associate Administrator for Investment and Special Advisor for Innovation at the SBA. It discusses the timeline Congress gave the SBA for revising the existing regulations and policy directives. They are targeting the end of 2012.

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Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer has licensed a new nanotechnology to a Gaithersburg startup for the development of cancer therapies.

The license for Artificial Immune nanotechnology was granted to NexImmune, formed in part by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine faculty members. The staff members are involved in the development of the Artificial Immune technology.

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Recovering from the failure of an oral supplement to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension, United Therapeutics has received approval in France for an intravenous treatment.

The firm also has submitted a U.S. application for a standalone oral treatment.

French regulatory agency Agence Francaise de Securite Sanitaire des Produits de Sante has approved IV use of the Silver Spring company’s Remodulin.

Remodulin already is approved in most of Europe and in the U.S. for subcutaneous infusion treatment, or continuous injections just under the skin, according to United Therapeutics information.

Almost three years ago, the Montgomery County Biosciences Task Force issued recommendations that included the formation of a public-private partnership to help take the local life sciences industry to another level.

This week, that nonprofit partnership, called BioHealth Innovation, formally incorporated and has raised more than $1 million from companies such as MedImmune of Gaithersburg and Human Genome Sciences of Rockville, along with medical system Adventist HealthCare of Rockville and Johns Hopkins University to start implementing its programs.

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Maryland's TEDCO and a team of entrepreneurs are planning to launch a new $20 million cybersecurity fund early next year, according to Executive Director Robert Rosenbaum.

The state-sponsored investment group plans to formally announce the cyber fund in January. Rosenbaum declined to name the sponsors, whom he described as "a couple of young guys that built a fairly large cybersecurity company and sold it." The capital — assuming they are successful in raising it — would be used to invest in early-stage cyber startups, both those building products and those selling services, he said.

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University of Maryland, Baltimore County is creating a “Cyber Scholars” program with a $1 million grant from the Northrop Grumman Foundation.

Beginning in 2013, the program will award scholarships, internships and opportunities for advanced research to the 15-20 students selected annually to participate. The program will aim to address cyber security workforce shortages by drawing more women and minorities to the industry, UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski said Wednesday.

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The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and the Northrop Grumman Foundation today announced they are partnering to launch the UMBC Cyber Scholars program, which is to be housed in the university's new Cybersecurity Center, and run in partnership with the UMBC Center for Women in Technology. This new initiative is an extension of an already-strong partnership in cyber-related activities that has developed between UMBC, the foundation and Northrop Grumman, and includes the Cync program, a start-up business incubator dedicated to cultivating companies that develop innovative solutions to counter the global cyber threat.

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Lockheed Martin will host top performing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) high school students in two sessions today at its NexGen Cyber Innovation & Technology Center to promote cyber security careers and education, and to learn safe online practices through a series of interactive workshops.

By introducing Maryland high school students to cyber security at its Third Annual Cyber Security Awareness Day event, Lockheed Martin hopes to influence students to choose a career in cyber security and consider universities with a cyber security curriculum. This will help to fill the Bureau of Labor Statistics projected 65,700 new cyber security jobs between 2010 and 2020.

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Join cybersecurity leaders, luminaries and rising stars at CyberMaryland 2012.

Be at the epicenter of information security and innovation during Cyber Security Awareness month when more than 1,000 people convene in Baltimore for the region’s premiere professional cybersecurity gathering.

Register today as a conference attendee, challenge participant, showcase exhibitor or awards banquet guest. CyberMaryland 2012 includes:

  • CyberMaryland Conference with 28+ Sessions in Three Tracks
  • Cyber Generation Showcase & Expo
  • Maryland Cyber Challenge & Competition (MDC3) for High School, College & Pro Teams
  • National Cyber Security Hall of Fame Inaugural Induction Ceremony & Awards Banquet

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Thanks in part to its proximity to the federal government, the University of Maryland has shaped itself into one of the few institutions that specialize in cybersecurity — contributing its own resources, while also relying on financial contributions and expertise from the Washington area's biggest government contractors.

The university's latest announcement came Monday from Falls Church-based Northrop Grumman Corp. , which will provide UMd. a $1.1 million grant to create the nation's first cybersecurity honors program for undergraduates, dubbed the Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students. The program will kick off this fall, and Northrop will support it for an additional two years.

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The incubator at University of Maryland, Baltimore County has gotten an influx of new tenants, the majority of whom are responding to the increased demand for cyber security. 

bwtech@UMBC Research and Technology Park currently hosts 86 incubator and early-stage tenants and 14 affiliated companies and organizations, according to Gregory Simmons, the park's vice president for institutional advancement.

Of the tenants, nearly 20 have joined the park in the past 18 months alone. They include Fearless Solutions, Rogue Technology, AIS (Assured Information Security) Inc., all of which are in the cyber security field.  Simmons says that most of the new tenants are also in that field, often in the area of securing data and networks, in medical, defense and financial services, among others.

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Maryland and Montgomery County have signed a memorandum of understanding to create a National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett took part in an event in Gaithersburg with Patrick Gallagher, director of the NIST on Tuesday.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 6:00pm, CareFirst Tower, Baltimore, MD

We’re celebrating 11 years of raising awareness about sickle cell disease!  Put on something RED and join us at the CareFirst Tower in Canton for an evening of good food, fun and networking with friends – plus a glorious view of the Baltimore harbor.  We’re honoring Clinical Research Teams as Unsung Heroes.

Dr. Gary Gibbons, Director of NHLBI, will attend and receive a Distinguished Service Award.

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RegeneRx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCQB: RGRX) ("the Company" or "RegeneRx"), a clinical-stage drug development company focused on tissue protection, repair and regeneration, today announced that it has received a Notice of Allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a Method of Achieving a Thymosin Beta 4 Concentration in a Human Patient.  The patent covers treating a patient with a desired concentration of Thymosin Beta 4 (Tβ4) over a period of time, as well as treating a patient by maintaining a desired concentration of Tβ4 in a pharmacologically effective range.  The patent expiry will be in late 2031, or longer depending on any extensions available from the USPTO.

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August 1, 2016: All Points, Maryland – Today Startup Maryland announced dates (September 10 – October 8) and the rough route for the STRT1UP Road Show, the fifth annual state-wide tour and celebration of entrepreneurship and high-growth innovation-centric startup companies.

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Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett is asking the business community to provide feedback on County services by completing an online Business Survey.

Mr. Leggett has kicked off the Excellence in Business Services initiative, continuing his efforts to make it easier for businesses to start, grow and thrive in Montgomery County. This business survey is designed to help the county identify areas of improvement in its interactions with business.

Business vitality is critical to a healthy economy that supports the quality of life we all enjoy and Montgomery County is committed to ensuring that businesses have a positive experience when interacting with the County.

Businesses also are welcome to contact the project lead directly with thoughts and feedback: Judy Stephenson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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If immunotherapy has the cancer community riveted on the treatment side, liquid biopsies are equally exciting on the diagnostics end. And IBM is bringing its research heft to bear on the world of liquid biopsy with an intent to build a lab-on-a-chip technology that can separate particles at the nanoscale.

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The Tech Council of Maryland is pleased to announce that Martin “Marty” Rosendale has been appointed as senior executive advisor.  In this role, he will assist the association and board of directors in fulfilling its strategic plan objectives.

Marty is a member of the Tech Council and is CEO of Selnova LLC, an advisory firm founded to help entrepreneurs navigate critical and challenging company transitions.  He is also a founding member of the managing committee that established and oversees TCM’s Venture Mentoring Service, where he and other TCM members act as mentors and provide their expertise to promising Maryland tech and life sciences companies that are preparing for an initial venture or institutional financing event.

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Help MdBio Foundation kick off the school year with an ice cream cone and tour of MdBioLab.  Tour the lab, meet the team or just eat your ice cream.  Doors open 12 - 3PM.

 August 31, 2016  |  12PM - 3PM  |  JHU MoCo Parking Lot

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EU and US strengthen their collaboration on eHealth IT

In December 2010, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the European Commission's DG CONNECT signed a Memorandum of UnderstandingWeb Site Disclaimers (MoU) for transatlantic Cooperation on eHealth/Health IT.

In the spring of 2013, DG CONNECT and HHS published a first Roadmap of MoU actionsWeb Site Disclaimers, focusing on two priority areas (work-streams):

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Submit your nominations for the Verl Zanders Emerging Business of the Year! Nominate your choice for an emerging company that is leading innovation in Metro-Maryland.

  • See the award criteria and past winners here.
  • Nominees do not have to be MCCC members.
  • Self-nominations are welcome.

Nomination Deadline: Friday, August 26, 2016

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The Women In Bio (WIB) Washington DC/Baltimore Chapter and Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Bethesda Chapter invite you to a networking happy hour at La Tasca, Rockville, MD. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet and connect with industry professionals, entrepreneurs, and researchers, while enjoying sangrias and tapas at the lounge. This event is open to both members and non-members.

All guests will enjoy complimentary appetizers and two drink tickets

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Maryland officials announced Tuesday that William Kirwan will chair the Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education.   The panel will follow up on the work of the Thornton Commission, which resulted in 2002 legislation that set K-12 education aid formulas. Those have increased public school funding in Maryland by more than 100 percent over the past decade.

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PathoVax was founded in late 2014 and is currently managed by myself (Weijie Poh, PhD) and Joshua Wang, PhD. We are both Singaporeans who were awarded fellowships to attend the Pathobiology graduate program at Johns Hopkins University, which is where the RGVax platform was developed. 

We also received training in Singapore under esteemed A*STAR investigators Dr Axel Ulrich (Weijie Poh) and Dr Lisa Ng (Joshua Wang). My research background included infectious diseases and cancer, and I have previously managed a biotech startup (Vector BioLabs) in Philadelphia where I oversaw business development, marketing and product expansion.

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Digital Counties Survey award considered a top measures of government technology performance

For the fifth year in a row, Baltimore County is ranked among the top ten counties in the nation according to the Center for Digital Government’s 14th annual 2016 Digital Counties Survey in conjunction with the National Association of Counties (NACo).

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Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (EBS) today announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has exercised a contract option valued at $11.6 million over 12 months under contract 200-2012-52242 for the supply of Vaccinia Immune Globulin (VIGIV) into the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile. VIGIV is a therapeutic licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of complications due to smallpox vaccination. The contract option will require Emergent to conduct manufacturing runs and additional activities in support of maintaining FDA licensure of VIGIV.

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Betamore personally invites BioHealth Innovation companies to apply to pitch and/or demo at Beta City 2016

Details

BetaCity (9/29/2016) celebrates Baltimore’s place as a global destination for entrepreneurship

Seeking the Best + Brightest to Pitch + Demo

  • Pitch Competition: 3 PM - $75K+ to be awarded
  • Demo Companies showcase products/services to VIP’s, investors, and the broader community
  • Focus: Cybersecurity, Health IT, Other Technology

Other Notes

  • In addition to the Pitch Competition + Company Demos, the event will feature a VIP Reception, Awards Ceremony, Live Music + Merrymaking

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Disruptors are a special type of innovator who go outside the box and attempt to change preconceived notions and practices. If you take a look at the meaning of the word, “to disrupt” means to “rupture” or break apart, and essentially disruptors do this - discarding the old ways to bring in new ones. We might even take it a step further and look at as the commonly used root of "dis" which means to "do the opposite of" - and see the idea that disruptors are "fixers" essentially putting the pieces of something broken back together. Here’s a look at three disruptors in Boston Biotech who are revolutionizing traditional pharma to radically change the ways cures are being brought about for disease.

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Women of the Virginia bioscience community from across the state will lead this first-ever full day event offering examples of working together to build a stronger bioscience industry, stronger companies and institutions, stronger teams and networks, and stronger individuals.  

When: Thursday, September 29, 2016 10:00AM-5:00PM

Where: Inova Center for Personalized Health 3225 Gallows Rd Fairfax, Virginia  22037 United States

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As members of a life sciences advisory and investment banking group, my partners and I have often noted that life sciences companies fall victim to the same mistakes and misconceptions, repeated again and again. These failures mostly hinge upon company management misunderstanding the fundamentals of market dynamics and failing to appreciate the importance of the exit—the sole event where company investors receive a return on their investment, either through an initial public offering (IPO) or a company sale. Unfortunately, the biotech industry's track record on exits is disappointing. According to the National Venture Capital Association (Washington, DC), between 2005 and 2014, only one in five US biotech and medical device companies achieved liquidity after six years. And from my perspective over the past 20 years, that low success rate does not appear to be improving.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb’s acquisition of Cardioxyl Pharmaceuticals and its prodrug used to treat heart failure earned top honors in the Mergers and Acquisitions category from Thomson Reuters’ Allicense event on June 8.

Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures and a visiting researcher from the National Institutes of Health helped put the Johns Hopkins University scientists who compose the startup in touch, which led to the creation of Cardioxyl Pharmaceuticals.

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In the past few years the wearables sector has been a hive of activity, but it feels like this year things have accelerated, particularly in the realm of health and wellness. A report by Forrester Research projected that 29 percent of Americans will use wearable devices, compared with 18 percent in 2015. It predicts that wearables sales will rise from $4.2 billion in 2015 to $9.8 billion in 2021.

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QIAGEN N.V. (NASDAQ: QGEN; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) today announced plans to return approximately $250 million to shareholders through a synthetic share repurchase proposal that combines a direct capital repayment with a reverse stock split.

These actions, which will lead to an adjustment in QIAGEN’s share capital, have been used previously by other large, multinational Dutch companies as an efficient way to provide returns to shareholders. The proposal, if adopted, is expected to be similar to QIAGEN repurchasing approximately $250 million of its own shares, but will enable the return of capital to all shareholders in a much faster and more efficient way than through a traditional open-market repurchase program.