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January 5, 2021


Task force report outlines steps to build stronger post-pandemic economy in Maryland, Virginia, D.C. - The Washington Post

More than 50 local leaders have mapped out an economic recovery strategy for the Washington area that they say would leave it more unified, resilient and prosperous than before the novel coronavirus upended the region.

Connected DMV — a group representing the local academic, nonprofit, public and private sectors — initially came together in March 2019 to drive economic growth in the D.C. area. When the pandemic struck a year later, the group pivoted to creating what it calls a “strategic renewal” task force, which issued a report this month with 12 initiatives to remedy the region’s social and economic challenges.

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SBIR Virtual Office Hours (BHI and MCEDC)

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Are you an early stage company with innovative biohealth technology? Have you considered non-dilutive funding to advance your technology? Do you want to know if federal or state non-dilutive funding makes sense for you? Sign up for a free 1:1 advice and feedback session regarding non-dilutive funding applications with BHI’s expert grant strategists. Learn more about funding sources and discuss potential strategies for success. BHI has worked with over 100 companies, helping them secure SBIR/STTR and other federal awards —at twice the national average win rate.

Click here to schedule a time.

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Novavax Candidate COVID-19 Vaccine Moves into Phase III Trial

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) announced the commencement of the Phase III trial (NCT04611802) of the Novavax investigational COVID-19 vaccine, in a press release issued on Monday, December 28, 2020. The trial will evaluate the effectiveness, immune response, and safety of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by Novavax, Inc., of Gaithersburg, Maryland, called NVX-CoV2373, and is estimated to complete data collection by March 31, 2021.

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Emmes Acquires Neox s.r.o., a Clinical Research Organization Headquartered in the Czech Republic

ROCKVILLE, Md., Dec. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Emmes, a global, full-service Clinical Research Organization (CRO) dedicated to supporting the advancement of public health and biopharmaceutical innovation, today announced that it has acquired Neox s.r.o., a European-based CRO. Neox will add over 150 employees who support biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies.

"This is an important and exciting step for Emmes, demonstrating significant progress on our strategic plans to grow our biopharmaceutical business," said Dr. Christine Dingivan, Chief Executive Officer of Emmes. "Neox adds a sizable, well-established biopharmaceutical research services business to Emmes and significantly expands our international presence."

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U.K. Authorizes Covid-19 Vaccine From Oxford and AstraZeneca - The New York Times

LONDON — Britain on Wednesday became the first country to give emergency authorization to the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, clearing the path for a cheap and easy-to-store shot that much of the world will rely on to help end the pandemic.

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7 Cell Therapy Companies in Maryland Helping to Revolutionize Drug Discovery: The Latest News | American Gene Technologies

Maryland is home to one of the largest life science clusters in the United States with more than 500 biotech companies. In addition to several state-of-the-art labs, Maryland is home to the NIH in Bethesda. Research opportunities, as well as BS and MS degree programs, are offered at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore and the University of Maryland in College Park. Montgomery College in Germantown offers the AAS degree and certificate programs in biotech. World-class training by companies like BioTrac and Biotech Primer attracts an international audience of professionals.


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REGENXBIO Announces Agreement to Monetize Portion of Zolgensma® Royalties for $200 Million | BioSpace

ROCKVILLE, Md., Dec. 22, 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 it has entered into an agreement to sell a portion of the royalty rights due to REGENXBIO from Novartis Gene Therapies from the net sales of Zolgensma® to entities managed by Healthcare Royalty Management, LLC (HCR) for a gross purchase price of $200 million. This transaction provides immediate, non-dilutive capital to REGENXBIO for continued innovation in the development of potential breakthrough gene therapies for patients and completion of its internal manufacturing capabilities.

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BHI’s Judy Costello Recognized with BioBuzz Community Builder Award

BHI’s Managing Director, Economic Development, Judy Costello was recognized by voters in the 1st Annual BioBuzz awards this past week as the top Community Builder in the BioHealth Capital Region.  This award honors someone in the region who has gone above and beyond their responsibilities to make an impact on the ecosystem by being a thoughtful community builder who fosters intentional collaborations and meaningful contributions of their time, energy, and expertise to support the biohealth community. This person is a servant leader who sees beyond their job description or the balance sheet and strives to create a rising tide for all across the BioHealth Capital Region so that we can collectively make a greater impact on public health and patients around the world.

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BioTalk with Rich Bendis Wins BioBuzz Media Award

The BioTalk with Rich Bedis Podcast created by the BHI President & CEO and Andy Eckert was awarded the 1st Annual BioBuzz Media Award. This award honors a media campaign that most aligns with our mission; ‘to create exceptional experiences that better connect people and employers and foster a stronger regional ecosystem.’ At its core, it recognizes the media campaigns or platforms that have successfully engaged, informed, and connected people and reflect favorably on the BHCR. Eligible nominations may include social media, podcasts, video series, blog series, event or webinar series, and other advertising, marketing, and public relations campaigns.

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United Therapeutics Announces Agreement To Acquire Priority Review Voucher

SILVER SPRING, Md. and RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Dec. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United Therapeutics Corporation (Nasdaq: UTHR) announced today an agreement to acquire a Rare Pediatric Disease Priority Review Voucher (PRV), which it plans to use with a forthcoming New Drug Application (NDA) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The PRV entitles the holder to designate an NDA for priority review and provides for an expedited eight-month review, instead of the standard twelve-month review period. Following the close of the transaction, United Therapeutics intends to apply the PRV to its NDA for Tyvaso DPI, expected in the first half of 2021.

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Genetically Modified Pigs May Save Your Life: FDA Allows GMO Pigs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the second-ever genetically modified subtype of pig for human consumption. But there are no plans to raise this pig for meat or other foodstuffs—the use case is actually much, much cooler.

Get unlimited access to the weird world of Pop Mech. LET'S GET WEIRD. By adjusting the pig’s genes so it doesn’t produce a particular sugar called galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose (alpha-gal), scientists can make medicines that are safe for a group of people who suffer from a peculiar, little-understood allergy. And while this certification isn’t planned for meat, that could be next.


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Biotech Showcase™ | Investor conference | Co-produced by Demy-Colton and EBD Group

We are now only a few weeks out from Biotech Showcase and excited to launch the Spotlight Sessions on our on-demand hub on partneringONE.

We have also posted several Digital Medicine and Medtech Showcase sessions this week. Sponsor Insight content, on-demand public and private company presentations as well as Investor strategy videos are available for you to watch on demand.

Be sure to look at the sessions we have planned for the weeks of January 5 and 11.

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Dr. James Crowe, Director, Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, Guests on BioTalk

BioTalk Media Award-Winning Podcast BioTalk Welcomes Dr. James Crowe, Director, Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, Professor, Pediatrics and Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, Ann Scott Carell Chair and Founder of ID Biologics.

Listen now on Apple, Google, Spotify, and TuneIn

His laboratory has a broad portfolio of work in the area of viral immunology and antibody sciences, with the goal to discover mechanisms of immunity important to developing new therapeutics and vaccines.

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How I Lost 65 Pounds In 18 Months Without Any Fad Diets or Gimmicks | by Mark Suster | Jan, 2021 | Both Sides of the Table

I’ve been reluctant to write this blog post because historically I don’t like talking about weight. But I’ve been promising to publish how I lost 65 pounds in the past 18 months without any fad diets or gimmicks to try and be helpful to others. I have a plan,

I know it works and for the friends and family who have followed what I’ve done they’ve equally lost a lot of weight.

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