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December 8, 2020




Connected DMV President & CEO Stu Solomon joins Rich Bendis on BioTalk

Stu Solomon, President & CEO, Connected DMV joins BioTalk to discuss formation of the Strategic Renewal Task Force, their Covid-19 Pandemic Pivot, the Global Pandemic Prevention and Bioterrorism Center, and much more.

Listen now on Apple https://apple.co/3gqmJlB, Google https://bit.ly/3mVtled, Spotify https://spoti.fi/3mO0j05, and TuneIn https://bit.ly/37FMf2t.

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BRAINBox Solutions Announces First Close in $23 Million in Series A Financing to Support Development and Pivotal Clinical Trial of ‘Breakthrough’ Concussion Diagnostic/Prognostic Test

Scott Gazelle, MD, PhD, MPH, FACR Appointed to Board of Directors and Damon Kuehl, MD, FACEP Joins Scientific Advisory Board

RICHMOND, Va. (December 4, 2020) ‐ BRAINBox Solutions today announced the initial closing on a $23 million Series A financing to support the clinical development of the company’s BRAINBox TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) Test to aid both in the diagnosis and prognosis of mild TBI (concussion). BioVentures Investors led the financing round and was joined by the Tauber Foundation, the Virginia Tech Carilion Innovation and Seed Funds, Genoa VC, Pharmakon LLC, Astia Angels and additional qualified investors, including Kevin Love, professional basketball player and mental health advocate.

“The BRAINBox TBI test has enormous potential to significantly improve patient care as an aid to objectively diagnosing and managing the treatment of concussion patients,” said Marc Goldberg, BioVentures Investors Co-Founder and Managing Partner. “The company has made great progress, particularly in this challenging COVID-19 environment, in advancing the development of the BRAINBox TBI testing system, including laying the groundwork for the pivotal, HeadSMART II clinical trial and securing ‘Breakthrough Designation’ from the FDA.” He noted there are more than five million patients evaluated in emergency rooms annually for mild TBI as well as additional patients in urgent care settings.

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EIR Feedback (BHI) - Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - Biohealth Innovation

Are you a biohealth 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. Pre-registration is required; Sign up here tinyurl.com/EIRfeedback

For questions/more information, contact BHI.

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SBIR Virtual Office Hours - Wednesday 12/09/20 (BHI and MCEDC) - Biohealth Innovation

Are you and early stage company with innovative biohealth technology? Have you considered non-dilutive funding to advance your technology? Learn more about whether or not federal or state non-dilutive funding makes sense for you. Discuss potential strategies for success. Sign up for a free 1:1 advice and feedback regarding non-dilutive funding strategy and applications with BHI staff who have helped companies secured SBIR, STTR and other awards—at twice the national average win rate.

Click here to schedule a time.

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MacroGenics strikes commercialization deal with Eversana ahead of potential Food and Drug Administration approval for breast cancer treatment - Washington Business Journal

The agency's decision is expected to drop Dec. 18.

Image: MacroGenics is led by CEO and co-founder Scott Koenig. JOANNE S. LAWTON

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QIAGEN to launch QuantiFERON SARS-CoV-2 for research into causes, spread and control of COVID-19 through T-cell response

Hilden, Germany and Germantown, Maryland, December 7, 2020 – QIAGEN N.V. (NYSE: QGEN; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) announced today the launch of its QuantiFERON SARS-CoV-2 RUO solution that can detect T-cell responses of the human immune system to the pathogen that causes COVID-19, which could help researchers find out more about immunity levels and disease progression.

Studies suggest that T-cell response to SARS-CoV-2 declines much more slowly than antibody response, which presents several benefits to researchers who want to push beyond the existing detection of active infections to screen for potential courses of the illness and long-term immune responses to it. QIAGEN’s QuantiFERON SARS-CoV-2 Research Use Only (RUO) solution could be a valuable tool in this research.

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NEA Welcomes Scott Gottlieb, M.D., as Special Partner | NEA | New Enterprise Associates

Chevy Chase, MD – May 22, 2019 – New Enterprise Associates, Inc. (NEA), a leading global venture capital firm, today announced the appointment of Scott Gottlieb, M.D., as a Special Partner on the firm’s healthcare investment team. Dr. Gottlieb was a Venture Partner at NEA from 2007 to 2017 before being appointed the 23rd Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where he served from 2017 to 2019.

Under Dr. Gottlieb’s leadership, the FDA advanced new policies for the safe and effective oversight of gene therapies, cell-based regenerative medicines, targeted drugs, and digital health devices; implemented new reforms to standardize drug and medical device reviews; and promoted policies to reduce death and disease from tobacco, improve food innovation and safety, promote better nutrition, and aggressively confront addiction crises.

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AstraZeneca Gears Up to Vaccinate the World Against Covid-19 - WSJ

Among the front-runners racing to deliver a Covid-19 shot, AstraZeneca PLC has the least vaccine experience. But it has promised the world the most doses—more than three billion.

The company has assembled an unprecedented network of manufacturing and distribution partners spanning the globe, complementing a series of deals with governments that have sought to lock in vaccine supplies for their countries.

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Novavax Expands Gaithersburg Real Estate Footprint As It Works On COVID-19 Vaccine

The effort to develop a COVID-19 vaccine is continuing to create new demand for life sciences space in Montgomery County, with one of the leading vaccine developers taking over a former industrial building and land previously planned for mixed-use development.

Novavax, a biotech company that has received $2B in funding for its COVID-19 work, announced Monday it signed a 122K SF lease at 700 Quince Orchard Road in Gaithersburg.

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REGENXBIO Announces Dosing of First Patient in Phase I/II Trial of RGX-111 for the Treatment of Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I | BioSpace

ROCKVILLE, Md., Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- REGENXBIO Inc. (Nasdaq: RGNX), a leading clinical-stage biotechnology company seeking to improve lives through the curative potential of gene therapy based on its proprietary NAV® Technology Platform, today announced that the first patient has been dosed in the Phase I/II trial of RGX-111 for the treatment of Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I (MPS I). RGX-111 is an investigational one-time gene therapy designed to deliver the α-l-iduronidase (IDUA) gene directly to the central nervous system (CNS) using the NAV AAV9 vector.

MPS I is a rare, autosomal recessive genetic disease caused by deficiency of IDUA, an enzyme required for the breakdown of the polysaccharides in lysosomes. These polysaccharides, called glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), accumulate in tissues of MPS I patients, resulting in characteristic storage lesions and diverse clinical signs and symptoms including in the central nervous system (CNS), which can include excessive accumulation of fluid in the brain, spinal cord compression, and cognitive impairment.

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CEL-SCI’s LEAPS Peptides Demonstrate Clear Survival Benefit as a Treatment for COVID-19 in Preclinical Studies | Business Wire

VIENNA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CEL-SCI Corporation (NYSE American: CVM) announced today its LEAPS COV-19 peptides, delivered as a therapeutic treatment following SARS-CoV-2 virus challenge, achieved a 40% survival rate in transgenic mouse models as compared to 0% survival in the two control groups in studies conducted at the University of Georgia Center for Vaccines and Immunology.

Scientists at the University of Georgia working in conjunction with CEL-SCI’s scientific team conducted a challenge study in human(h) ACE2 receptor transgenic mice infected with a dose of SARS-CoV-2 (the causative agent of COVID-19 disease) virus sufficient to cause death in all animals within 8 days. This transgenic animal model is useful to study COVID-19 disease because the mice express the molecule that provides entry for the SARS-CoV-2 virus into human cells. Virus infection is optimized in this animal model providing an ideal system to determine vaccine induced immune protection or therapy against a SARS-CoV-2 infection of humans.

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First use of nView medical's novel 3D imaging technology in pediatric spine surgery

Children’s National Hospital today performed the first surgical use of breakthrough medical imaging technology designed specifically for kids. The innovation, insta-3D™ imaging from company nView medical, is designed to make 3D images available in the operating room quickly and safely. The 3D images provide surgeons with better visualization, allowing them to continue improving patient care and outcomes.

Matthew Oetgen, M.D., division chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Children’s National, is overseeing the first use of this 3D imaging technology in orthopaedic procedures.

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Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. Receives Two #1 Global GRESB Rankings, and Earns 5 Star Rating for Highly Sustainable Development Initiatives and "A" Disclosure Score in the 2020 GRESB Assessment, Reinforcing Its ESG Leadership

PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. (NYSE: ARE), an urban office REIT and the first, longest-tenured and pioneering 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 recognized as the #1 real estate company in the world in the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) 2020 Science & Technology sector for its leadership in championing sustainability initiatives that promote the health and well-being of its tenants and employees and enhance local communities. Alexandria also earned the #1 global ranking and a 5 Star Rating—the highest GRESB Rating—in its Diversified Listed Peer Group for its highly sustainable development work and green building initiatives, as well as an "A" disclosure score for the third consecutive year. GRESB is one of the leading global environmental, social and governance (ESG) benchmarks for real estate and infrastructure investments across the globe.

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UMD computer scientist's VisiSonics raises $3.5M to amplify 3D sound technology - Technical.ly Baltimore

When it comes to virtual reality, truly immersing someone in another space requires a lot of things to be just right. For one, there’s a question of visuals. The objects have to be three-dimensional enough to look like they’re in front of a player, and a character has to be able to move around to see those objects to the right or left.

Image: VR on the RMI Manufacturing Day demo floor in 2017. (Courtesy photo)

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Entrepreneurial Spirit: UMB Startups Receive Support from Maryland Momentum Fund - Catalyst Magazine

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) strives to support the entrepreneurial talents of its students, faculty, staff, and alumni as it works to improve the human condition and serve the public good.

To this end, the University System of Maryland (USM) continues to aid entrepreneurs at UMB and throughout the state with the $10 million Maryland Momentum Fund (MMF).

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Pitch Perfect: The Art and Science of Communicating with Investors

Pitch Perfect: The Art and Science of Communicating with Investors Before AND After Funding Communicating with investors before AND after funding is both an art and science. Learn best strategies at this truly informative webinar.

This free webinar is brought to you by the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs and the George Washington University Technology Commercialization Office.

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The Pinkney Innovation Complex for Science and Technology (PIC MC) Brings Together Innovation and Education · BioBuzz

The Pinkney Innovation Complex for Science and Technology at Montgomery College (PIC MC) Combines Innovation and Education – a smart choice for co-location.

The BioHealth Capital Region has come to be known for its unique blend of Industry, Government, and Academia from Baltimore to Charlottesville. Unlike many of the other Biotech Hubs across the United States, the geographic spacing, which at times has been seen as a challenge in the region, has created new opportunities.

Image: https://biobuzz.io/

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BioInnovation Institute takes in new cohort of promising early-stage innovations - PharmiWeb.com

Seven start-up companies and university research projects across a range of therapeutic areas and geographical locations form latest intake for life science incubator BioInnovation Institute

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, 2nd December – BioInnovation Institute (BII), a Novo Nordisk Foundation initiative incubating and accelerating world-class life science research, today identifies its latest cohort of program participants. Comprising a pan-European spread of start-up companies and university research projects in countries including Denmark, Sweden and the UK, the seven ventures are developing revolutionary science across BII’s three sector specialised areas – therapeutics, bioindustrial and health tech.

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TEDCO's Entrepreneur Expo 2019 - Recap | TEDCO

TEDCO's 2019 Entrepreneur Expo took place on October 29, 2019, at The Hotel At The University of Maryland! See what Maryland has to offer entrepreneurs.

Image: https://www.tedcomd.com

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Doudna Talks Nobel Success and Women in Science

Jennifer Doudna PhD, the UC Berkeley biochemist who shared the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Emmanuelle Charpentier PhD, was the recent guest of honor for the final episode in the “Women in Science” web series, co-organized by GEN and the Rosalind Franklin Society.

In 2012, the Doudna and Charpentier labs teamed up to publish a landmark paper in which they adapted the CRISPR microbial anti-viral defense system to create a programmable method for genome targeting. The work laid the foundation for CRISPR genome editing, which has become not only a ubiquitous research tool but also applied in clinical gene therapy, diagnostics, agriculture, and many other applications.

Image: https://www.genengnews.com

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