DSC 8939From left to right: Richard Bendis (Moderator), David Narrow (Sonavex)
DSC 8932From left to right: Richard Bendis (Moderator), Michael Carlotto (Glyscend), David Narrow (Sonavex), Jeb Nadaner (ErgonometriX), Carolyn Yarina (Sisu Global Health), Geoffrey Lynn (Avidea Technologies)
DSC 8943From left to right: Jonathan Kiburz (Judge), Dr. Paul Silber (Judge), Dr. Vikram Bajaj (Judge), Rich Bendis (Moderator), David Narrow (Winner representing Sonavex), Jason Fuller (Judge), Jill Carroll (Judge), Christopher Otey (Judge)


Meet Sonavex, the winner of our first Annual Crab Trap Competition! The competition was the final part of the two-day 2016 BioHealth Capital Region Forum, during which world renowned speakers, industry luminaries and commercial giants convened to highlight the accomplishments of today and chart our successes of tomorrow.

BHI interacts with companies and technologies at various stages in the biohealth industry from the results of basic research to companies currently selling products in the market. At these multiple levels of maturity, BHI evaluates whether the organization can help progress the scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and/or business manager to support the growth of the entity. We have a dedicated co-working space at our headquarters in Rockville where we support client companies with the goal of progressing the business model for the company.

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BHI works with a supporting network of renowned professional service providers that share the same vision for growing Maryland’s biohealth sector. These professionals work in partnership with BHI to support client companies achieve their goals. They understand the nature and needs of startup companies, and offer preferred rates for client companies. We are proud to work these esteemed organizations in serving the Central Maryland biohealth ecosystem.

If you would like to become a part of BHI’s network of startup package providers to work with unique companies and projects as evaluated and accelerated through our Venture Commercialization model, please send information no longer than 2 pages stating your qualifications against a category of support and include your preferred pricing in offering these services.

The BHI SBIR/STTR Federal Funding Assistance Program offers biohealth companies support in preparing applications for federal funding inclusive of SBIRs, STTRs, and other federal government awards. Companies submit their federal funding concepts and receive pre-proposal feedback to help troubleshoot and strengthen your application. Further support from professional consultants and service providers is available to assist in improving your application.

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There is a large gap between disruptive technological innovations in Universities and federal labs and commercially relevant technologies that enter the market. One of the principal reasons for this gap is the absence of resources (entrepreneurs, knowledge base, capital, etc) to facilitate the movement of the technology along the commercialization path.

The Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program at BHI is aimed at ensuring that disruptive technologies receive all the resources that are required to transform the technology from a discovery into a commercially relevant product and eventually have a measurable impact on human health. The program has been created to support scientists, early stage start-ups and licensed technologies to provide them with access to these resources.