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June 21, 2022


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BioHealth Innovation is seeking a Senior Life Sciences Business Strategist

BioHealth Innovation, Inc., (BHI) is a regional non-profit innovation intermediary, which facilitates the development of growth-stage biohealth companies by connecting commercially relevant research assets to appropriate funding, management and markets.

JOB TITLE – Senior Life Sciences Business Strategist

Reporting to the Vice President of Economic Development, the Senior Life Sciences Business Strategist evaluates the commercial potential of emerging technologies and provides recommendations on go-to- market strategies. This is a customer facing role with a focus on supporting clients in the development of commercial analyses and federal grant proposals.

The Senior Life Sciences Business Strategist also supervises junior Life Sciences Business Strategists and manages consultants and interns, as needed.

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Opportunity: Entrepreneur-In-Residence Role with BioHealth Innovation, Inc. and NIH

POSITION DESCRIPTION – Entrepreneur-In-Residence

EIRs will work in collaboration with SEED to mentor innovators and provide guidance to help them de-risk the technical and business elements of their product development projects. EIRs will also help NIH and individual innovators ensure the long-term success of their projects by facilitating connections with investors and strategic partners who can help achieve commercial success and healthcare consumer access. To be successful in this role, entrepreneurial, commercial or product development experience in areas of social impact including wellness & prevention, healthcare access/community health and a wide network in social impact ventures is required.

This position is currently remote (with opportunity for future in-person activities) and part time (20 hrs/week with potential for expansion); occasional travel may be required (when conditions permit).

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Synexa Life Sciences Set to Open New Bioanalytics Lab in Rockville, Maryland · BioBuzz

Synexa Life Sciences (Synexa), a global leader in clinical biomarker and bioanalytics research services, recently secured 5,000 square feet of lab space in Rockville, Maryland. The new lab will be located within Inotiv, Inc.’s (Inotiv) Rockville site and is part of a new partnership between Synexa and Inotiv, a leading contract research organization.

For more than 20 years, Synexa has been delivering expert clinical development insights to life sciences organizations via biomarker and bioanalytics solutions, novel modality analytics, innovative technology platforms and custom assay development and validation. The new Rockville lab adds to the company’s global footprint that, up until very recently, included locations in Leiden, The Netherlands, Dublin, Ireland, Berlin, Germany, London, England and Cape Town, South Africa.


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The Power Players of Washington, D.C., 2022 – Commercial Observer Congrats to Pete Briskman, BHI Chairman Listed

What a roller coaster. After stomach-clenching drops in 2020, the Washington, D.C., area market clambered up to new heights in 2021. Multifamily rents rebounded in and outside the District, development flourished in suburban downtowns and along the D.C. waterfront, and a stream of new life sciences tenants populated the I-270 corridor.

Still, while renters and tourists have largely returned, the office population has not, as wave after wave of COVID infections delayed a fuller return to office, leading to what now appears to be a permanent shift. In addition, 2022 brought with it new concerns about inflation, rising costs of capital, and an economic pullback in some areas.


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Emmes Supports Groundbreaking Anal Cancer Study Sponsored by the National Cancer Institute

Treatment of Precursor Lesions Was Found to Significantly Reduce the Risk of Progression to Anal Cancer, with Study Result Highlighted in the New England Journal of Medicine

ROCKVILLE, Md., June 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Emmes, a global, full-service clinical research organization (CRO) dedicated to supporting the advancement of public health and biopharmaceutical innovation, today announced that a team of its researchers contributed to a successful AIDS Malignancy Consortium (AMC) study. Results of the study, which demonstrated that treating and removing anal cancer precursor lesions reduced the cancer risk for HIV-infected men and women, were published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The Phase 3 trial results included 4,446 participants at 21 clinical sites across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

The study enrolled people living with HIV aged 35 years and older who had at least one precursor lesion for anal cancer, called high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions (HSIL). Participants were randomized into two groups: those who received treatment for the lesion(s) and those who were actively monitored but did not receive treatment. Participants were re-evaluated every three to six months. Rates of progression to anal cancer were compared between the two groups. The findings showed that treating HSIL resulted in a nearly 60 percent reduction in anal cancer progression among people living with HIV.

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Emergent BioSolutions inks deal for smallpox newcomer Tembexa

Emergent BioSolutions, already flush with products against public health threats like anthrax attacks and opioid overdoses, is expanding its arsenal of medical countermeasures by scooping up global rights to smallpox newcomer Tembexa.

Emergent will furnish developer Chimerix with $225 million in upfront cash plus upward of $100 million in milestone payments for worldwide rights to the med, also known as brincidofovir. The drug last summer snagged FDA approval as the first antiviral cleared to treat smallpox regardless of a patient's age.

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Children’s National Hospital is #5 in the Nation - Washingtonian

Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., was ranked #5 nationally in the U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) Best Children’s Hospitals annual rankings. It’s the sixth straight year has been in the top 10. Also for the 6th straight year, Children’s National’s neonatology program was ranked No. 1 among all children’s hospitals in the nation. Children’s National’s neurology and neurosurgery program is ranked the best in the Mid-Atlantic for a second year in a row.


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How can your BioHealth business benefit from a review by BHI industry experts? Please register for our next Entrepreneur-In-Residence (EIR) day on July 20th and find out. To sign-up for any of the EIR dates in 2022, please follow this link.

These free 1:1 virtual sessions are an opportunity to discuss your company with experts in diagnostics, therapeutics, digital health and medical devices. If you’re a growth-stage biohealth company looking for unbiased advice on your pitch deck, commercialization strategy, evidence development or entrepreneurial challenges, our EIRs can help.

To sign-up for any of the EIR dates in 2022, please follow this link.

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Supply chain vulnerabilities exist for antimicrobial medicines: USP Medicine Supply Map analysis | Quality Matters | U.S. Pharmacopeia Blog

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is named one of the top 10 global health threats facing humanity by the World Health Organization and was associated with nearly 5 million deaths in 2019. With a challenge of this magnitude, it’s critical to have visibility in the supply chain for antimicrobials—medicines used to prevent and treat infections that include antibiotics (also known as antibacterials), antifungals, antivirals and antiparasitics.

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In Baltimore, a shortage of wet lab space poses an economic bottleneck -

Avidea Technologies, a Baltimore-born developer of immunotherapies, had been acquired in December in a splashy $40 million deal by high-profile UK biopharma firm Vaccitech. The 14-employee startup, since folded in as Vaccitech’s North American subsidiary, would be doubling in size and needed a true home base after the five years it spent growing in Johns Hopkins Tech Ventures’s (JHTV) FastForward 1812 incubator in East Baltimore.

Image: A rendering of a planned building with wet lab space and other facliities for the University of Maryland BioPark in West Baltimore. (Image via Wexford Science + Technology, ZGF and the City of Baltimore's Urban Design & Architecture Advisory Panel)

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Fewer Financings, Plunging Valuations May Stoke M&A Activity, EY Predicts

The biopharma bear market has ended the financing boom of recent years and led the valuations of companies to plunge after years of soaring—conditions that may compel smaller biotechs to pursue merger-and-acquisition (M&A) deals with pharma giants, according to a recently released report.

The challenges to valuations and access to capital come as the industry and the rest of the world move beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, EY, the professional services firm formerly known as Ernst & Young, observed in the 32nd annual edition of its “Beyond Borders” report.

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The Licensing of Academic Patents Contributed Up to $1.9 Trillion to the US Economy, Supported up to 6.5 Million Jobs in the last 25 Years | AUTM

SAN DIEGO — (June 14, 2022) — The licensing of university and nonprofit research has made a significant contribution to US gross domestic product (GDP), industrial gross output, and jobs over the last 25 years and underscores the importance of basic and applied research to the US economy, as well as the demand for public-private partnerships. The findings are based on an independent study released today and commissioned by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) and AUTM, a global nonprofit that works to advance ideas from research institutions into the marketplace.

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(1776) Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath, BIO 2022 Tuesday Keynote: BIO Unbound, Clip 3 - YouTube

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MDUFA V – progress!

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee today passed S. 4348, the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Landmark Advancements (FDASLA) Act. The legislation is the Senate's version of user fees reauthorization, including the Medical Device User Fee Amendments agreement (MDUFA V) between the medical technology industry and the FDA. The Senate committee action follows full House of Representatives passage of its version of the legislation last week. Scott Whitaker, president and CEO of AdvaMed, the world's largest trade association representing medical technology companies, made the following comment on the Senate committee work.

"A well-functioning user fee system is essential to help ensure FDA's timely review of innovative medical technology for patients. AdvaMed appreciates the timely work of each chamber of Congress to reauthorize this critical system with improvements to make the process better. MDUFA V has historic firsts, including provisions for greater accountability, predictability, consistency, and communication to increase patient access to safe, effective medical innovations.

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SNUBH opens K-BioHealth regional center < Bio < 기사본문 - KBR

The Seoul National University Bundang Hospital (SNUBH) set up a "K-Bio Health Regional Center" in a ceremony Tuesday in line with a government project supporting the commercialization of biohealth technology.

SNUBH President and CEO Paik Nam-jong, Seongnam Mayor Eun Soo-mi, Ryu Hae-pil, director of Seongnam Industry Promotion Agency, Lee Cheon-haeng, head of the Health Industry Promotion Corps at Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI), and CEOs of companies in the center attended the opening ceremony.

Image: SNUBH President Paik Nam-jong (third from right) and Seongnam Mayor Eun Soo-mi (fourth from right) were among the dignitaries who cut the tape to open the K-Biohealth Reginal Center on Tuesday. 출처 : KBR(

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