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July 23, 2019


BHI Job Opportunity: Accounting and Operations Assistant

This position reports to the Director of Finance, Human Resources and Operations. The Accounting and Operations Assistant assists all team members in all aspects of accounting, onboarding, HR benefits, and general operations, in coordination with the Director of Finance, HR, and Operations.

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NIH is the World’s Largest Early Stage Life Sciences Investor That You Didn't Know About - NVCA

What is the NIH and how is NIH related to venture capital? Isn’t NIH a government research organization? NIH is widely recognized as the world’s premier biomedical research agency. Few realize that NIH, through its Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs, is also the world’s largest early stage life sciences investor. We back over 1000 companies each year with over $1B! Companies that are awarded these much-coveted, non-dilutive awards for product development cannot do it alone. We need private, institutional and venture fund partners to help these companies bring products to market. That is where the investment world comes in.

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Maryland VC totals 'rebound' with $226M raised in Q2 - Baltimore

Venture funding raised by Maryland companies took a big jump in the second quarter of the year, as companies in the state raised a total of $226 million.

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Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. Named 2019 NAIOP Developer of the Year

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. (NYSE: ARE), an urban office REIT and the first and longest-tenured owner, operator and developer uniquely focused on collaborative life science, technology and agtech campuses in AAA innovation cluster locations, today announced that it has been selected by NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, as the 2019 Developer of the Year. The award, which is the association's highest honor, will be presented to Alexandria at a ceremony on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at NAIOP's CRE.Converge conference in Los Angeles.

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BioHealth Innovation Entrepreneur-in-Residence Feedback

Are you a start-up in Maryland, DC or Virginia seeking feedback on your biohealth business idea, pitch deck, or commercialization plan? Schedule your feedback session with BHI EIRs on one of the following dates:

  • 7/24/19 (All slots filled)
  • 9/4/19
  • 10/9/19
  • 11/20/19
  • 1/22/20
  • 2/26/20
  • 3/25/20
  • 4/22/20
  • 5/27/20

(45 minute blocks of time beginning at 9:00 in the morning. If the morning slots are filled, more time will be allotted beginning at 1 p.m.)

These take place at BHI headquarters in Rockville or by videoconference via Zoom.

Pre-registration and forwarding of a power point deck one week before the session is required. Sign up here ("EIR resource" at BHI HQ, Rockville). For questions, more information, or to be added to the wait list, please contact BHI.

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IBBR Researchers Awarded $1M from DTRA to Develop Portable Medical Sensors

Researchers at the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) recently received $1M from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA, part of the US Department of Defense) to advance their work developing wearable sensors that measure biochemical information to diagnose disease. IBBR Fellow Dr. Gregory Payne (Research Professor, IBBR) is principal investigator on the award.

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New initiative helps Johns Hopkins entrepreneurs pay forward and give back | Hub

Since the days of its founding, Johns Hopkins University has encouraged a spirit of innovation among its students and researchers. So it's no surprise that many alumni go on to start their own companies.

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5 questions with Chris Jeschke: Inside the technical decision points that are taking Protenus to scale - Baltimore

Chris Jeschke’s path into the startup world began with an unexpected outreach from an online advertising company. Following eight years at and four years at Booz Allen Hamilton, Jeschke is now CTO of Fells Point-based Protenus and building a team of next generation junior developers.

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Some shifts in venture capital financing of biopharma companies appear underway - MedCity News

Venture capital fundraising this year by biopharma startups is on course to fall behind last year, though it will be above the figure for 2017. But the biggest story may be where that funding is going.

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Best practices in bioscience economic development - Smart Incentives

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) recently released the report Transforming Ideas into Advances: Best Practices in State and Regional Bioscience Economic Development Initiatives. This biennial report provides a good summary of state initiatives serving the industry plus a discussion of new developments by state.

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Laws, Leadership and Luck: Why Bayh-Dole Worked But the Federal Circuit Went Off-Course

I recently visited Egypt as part of a team led by the Departments of State and Agriculture, supported by the good folks at the AUTM Foundation. Egypt, like many countries, is looking at our model for integrating research universities into their economy. I was asked to speak about the Bayh-Dole Act and thought it was important to emphasize that there were many factors required beyond enacting a law to reverse an entrenched national policy.

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Johns Hopkins starts coding program for working adults - Baltimore Business Journal

The 24-week, part-time program will be geared toward working professionals, who may be looking to pursue new job opportunities in tech.

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PwC MoneyTree Report: Insights on venture capital investments in emerging companies

Venture capital-backed companies based in the United States raised a record number of mega-rounds with 64 $100M+ deals this past quarter.

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8 Companion Diagnostic Developers Making a Mark | Clinical OMICs - Molecular Diagnostics in Personalized Medicine

If companion diagnostics (CDx) were people, they would be old enough to drink. The first CDx won FDA approval in 1998, when Dako Denmark (since acquired by Agilent Technologies) received authorization to market HercepTest. The immunohistochemistry (IHC) assay was designed to detect human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) protein overexpression in breast tumors of patients who may benefit from Herceptin (trastuzumab), a targeted therapeutic for certain types of breast cancer marketed by Genentech (now a member of the Roche Group).

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Pushing Medical Research Toward Cures - Barron's

Health care and medical research may attract considerable philanthropic dollars from wealthy individuals, yet many givers question whether their dollars have an impact.

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Save your money: Vast majority of dietary supplements don't improve heart health or put off death | EurekAlert! Science News

In a massive new analysis of findings from 277 clinical trials using 24 different interventions, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they have found that almost all vitamin, mineral and other nutrient supplements or diets cannot be linked to longer life or protection from heart disease.

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1776 to open North Bethesda location - Washington Business Journal

The new space comes as 1776 shifts in its D.C.-area footprint.

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Brain-machine interfaces are getting better and better – and Neuralink's new brain implant pushes the pace

Elon Musk grabbed a lot of attention with his July 16 announcement that his company Neuralink plans to implant electrodes into the brains of people with paralysis by next year. Their first goal is to create assistive technology to help people who can’t move or are unable to communicate.

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The Galien Foundation Debuts 2019 Prix Galien USA Nominees in "Best Biotechnology Product," "Best Pharmaceutical Product," and "Best Medical Technology" Categories

The Galien Foundation today announced the 2019 Annual Prix Galien USA Award nominees. Counted among the global health innovation industry's most prized honors, the Prix Galien Award recognizes outstanding biomedical and medical technology product achievement that improves the human condition.

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Telemedicine is catching on among physicians

A new analysis finds that more physicians are gaining telemedicine skills, an industry that’s expected to grow to over $130 billion by 2025. Here’s more from the report:

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Top 10 Biopharma IPOs of January–June 2019

After bouncing back last year both in dollars raised and number of deals, the initial public offering (IPO) market was expected to at least approach that success this year.

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WIB-Capital Region: Building Your Startup Team

When:Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Join Women In Bio-Capital Region to discuss one of the most important elements of entrepreneurship - how to determine whether to bring start-up team members in-house (and creatively convince them to work for your startup), or utilize vendors and contractors (and vet and manage them). We are excited to present an excellent panel of strong female professionals with diverse expertise in launching and facilitating successful businesses in the biotech space. Our panel will feature: Emily English, Ph.D. and CEO of Gemstone Biotherapeutics; Anne Balduzzi, Director of Advisory Services at TEDCO; and Maria Granovsky, Ph.D., J.D., and founder of Swimming Otter Communications. Dr. Ethel Rubin, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at BioHealth Innovation, Inc. will be our moderator for the evening, helping to highlight the panelists’ inspirational stories and cautionary tales of how to successfully start your own business (typically with little funding). Come prepared to listen, learn, ask questions, and have the opportunity to meet the leading ladies of our entrepreneurship-focused WIB evening. We can’t wait to see you there!

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