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March 28, 2023


Exploring the Reversal of Cancer Resistance: A BioTalk Podcast Discussion with Vishal Doshi of AUM Biosciences

Ready to explore the frontiers of cancer therapeutics? Discover how AUM Biosciences, with a key presence in Montgomery County, Maryland, in the BioHealth Capital Region, is revolutionizing the development of innovative oncology medicines and transforming the fight against cancer resistance. Join us on this episode of BioTalk with Rich Bendis as we chat with Vishal Doshi, Chairman & CEO of AUM Biosciences, a visionary leader in the biotech industry. Tune in to the conversation that's sparking new hope in the battle against cancer.

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BioHealth Capital Region Shines as DC, Maryland, and Virginia Secure Top 10 Spots in WalletHub's Most Innovative States Rankings

March 22, 2023 - The BioHealth Capital Region (BHCR) with The District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia are making a name for themselves as some of the most innovative states in the nation, according to a new study by WalletHub. All three have secured spots in the Top 10 of WalletHub's 2022 rankings of the Most Innovative States. This recognition highlights the region's strength as a hub for innovation and technological advancement.

The study compared all 50 states and the District of Columbia across 24 key indicators of innovation-friendliness, including research and development spending per capita, the share of STEM professionals, and tech company density. The District of Columbia took the top spot overall, with Maryland coming in at number 5 and Virginia rounding out the top 10 at number 9. These strong rankings reflect the region's commitment to fostering a culture of innovation and investing in developing cutting-edge technologies.

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MIMETAS Achieves Important Milestones in Partnership with Roche

Leiden, March 3, 2023 – MIMETAS has achieved major milestones in its partnership with Roche, developing models for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Hepatitis B Virus infections (HBV).

In July 2021, MIMETAS and Roche entered a risk-sharing collaboration to develop human disease models for the characterization of novel compounds in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Hepatitis B virus infections (HBV). You can find the original press release here.


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MacroGenics Earns $15 Million Milestone Following U.S. FDA Approval of ZYNYZ™ (retifanlimab-dlwr)

ROCKVILLE, MD, March 22, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --  MacroGenics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MGNX), a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative antibody-based therapeutics for the treatment of cancer, today reported that following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) approval of Incyte's Biologics License Application (BLA) for ZYNYZ™ (retifanlimab-dlwr), the Company will receive a $15 million milestone payment from Incyte. ZYNYZ, a humanized monoclonal antibody targeting programmed death receptor-1 (PD-1), was previously developed by MacroGenics and licensed to Incyte pursuant to an exclusive global collaboration and license agreement in October 2017.

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Bullfrog AI Announces Closing of $8.4 Million Initial Public Offering

GAITHERSBURG, MD / ACCESSWIRE / February 16, 2023 / BullFrog AI Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:BFRG; BFRGW) ("Bullfrog AI" or the "Company"), a digital technology company using machine learning to usher in a new era of precision medicine, announced today the closing of its initial public offering of 1,297,318 units (each, a "Unit," collectively, the "Units") at a price of $6.50 per unit for a total of approximately $8.4 million of gross proceeds to the Company. Each Unit consists of one share of the Company's common stock, one tradeable warrant (each, a "Tradeable Warrant," collectively, the "Tradeable Warrants") to purchase one share of common stock at an exercise price of $7.80 per share, and one non-tradeable warrant (each, a "Non-tradeable Warrant," collectively, the "Non-tradeable Warrants"; together with the Tradeable Warrants, each, a "Warrant," collectively, the "Warrants") to purchase one share of the Company's common stock at an exercise price of $8.125.

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TSESSEBE Technologies Won $5,000 at the #NCBCP Black Women's Roundtable event.

Hot off the press: TSESSEBE Technologies Won $5,000 at the #NCBCP Black Women's Roundtable event. Our sincere appreciation to #bwrsummit23 leadership and The Coca-Cola Company for investing this seed award in us this #womenshistorymonth! #TSESSEBETech is taking it to the TOP leveraging technology to empower, liberate, and revolutionize the personalized health landscape and the health data ownership paradigm. First stop, #ooTANOBC for Breast Cancer Health, and soon breaking ground in other diseases and spheres of life REIMAGINing paradigm and practice as we ACT! Dee C. Marshall, Tameka M. Ramsey, MPA, BSW, Melanie Campbell, Tonya Tyson - we couldn't have done it without you, THANK YOU. For my SiStars and our Women around the world, we remain undaunted! #technology #innovation #leadership #breastcancer #health #healthequity

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Washington Must Wake Up To The Innovation Imperative

There has been a smoldering fire on the geopolitical stage that, if we continue to ignore, we risk allowing it to spread and burn its surrounding environment. I’m referring to the convergence of multiple technology revolutions with the high-stakes competition between the United States and a rising authoritarian competitor in China.

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ARPA-H Hosts Proposers' Day to Promote Funding Opportunities for Groundbreaking Health Research

Event provides forum for researchers to learn more about ARPA-H’s Open Broad Agency Announcement

ARPA-H has opened its first Agency-wide Open BAA, seeking funding proposals for research aiming to improve health outcomes across patient populations, communities, diseases, and health conditions.

On April 4, ARPA-H will host a Proposers’ Day for interested parties to learn more about the application process for the Open BAA and ask questions. Register for the event. (Registration closes 5 p.m. ET on Monday, March 3)

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The Board of Children’s National selects Michelle Riley-Brown, MHA, FACHE, as its next president and CEO

Riley-Brown will succeed Kurt Newman, M.D., who has served in role for over 11 years

March 23, 2023

The Children’s National Board of Directors announced today that Michelle Riley-Brown, MHA, FACHE, has been named as the new president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Children’s National Hospital. On July 1, Riley-Brown will succeed Kurt Newman, M.D., who is retiring after 11 years as president and CEO.

Riley-Brown is an accomplished executive with over 20 years of experience leading and supporting children’s healthcare. She is currently an executive vice president at Texas Children’s Hospital at the Texas Medical Center in Houston, where she serves concurrently as the president of two hospitals in the system while leading the construction and staffing of a third. She also leads system-level operations, strategic planning, physician practice acquisition, quality performance, clinical operations, fund development, marketing, brand management and public relations for the nation’s largest pediatric and women’s healthcare organization.

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How Vishal Doshi Is Turning Cancer Into A Manageable Lifestyle Disease | a+: At The Vanguard

Whenever someone asks about dreams, there is an underlying expectation that it is something that springs up on you at a nascent age, like an epiphany where you’ve realised your life’s calling. But that is not always the case. For me, founding a global biotechnology company was not an overnight phenomenon, but a dream that gradually materialised as I started helping at my family’s pharmacy when I was eight.

Image: Vishal Doshi is the founder and CEO of AUM Biosciences. Photo: AUM Biosciences.

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Start to build relationships with investors now, even if you’re not in an active fundraising round | LinkedIn

At Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS, part of our mission is to bring big company benefits to entrepreneurs and startups, along with our network. We also know that networks really do matter when it comes to access to capital.

In leaning into our mission, on March 9th, we brought together more than 30 startup companies and 30 investors from across the US and Canada to JLABS @ Washington, DC for our second annual Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS East North America Investor & Partnering Event.

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NIH rejects bid to cut a cancer drug's price by sidestepping patents

In a long-awaited decision, the National Institutes of Health rejected a petition urging the agency to use a controversial provision of federal law to widen access to a cancer drug by forcing the manufacturers to license their patents.

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Advancing Life Sciences Innovation: BioBuzz Collaborates with Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Inc. (FITCI) Announce Strategic Partnership

MARYLAND, March 23, 2023 — BioBuzz, the media outlet of Workforce Genetics, and the Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Inc. (FITCI) have announced a strategic partnership to fuel industry growth in the BioHealth Capital Region and growth for both parties.

FITCI CEO Kathie Callahan Brady says she is excited to move forward. “We both focus on the biotech space, but the perspective is different. It is exactly the type of collaboration we want to infuse into our new EDGE@321 entrepreneurial innovation center opening later this year, bridging competencies and markets to strengthen the whole community.”

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