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August 2, 2022


5th Annual BioHealth Capital Region - Investment Conference

BioHealth Innovation Announces New Life Sciences Business Strategist Kelly Murphy

ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND, July 5, 2022 – BioHealth Innovation Inc. (BHI) is pleased to welcome Kelly Murphy, M.S., as a new Life Sciences Business Strategist. In this role, Murphy will evaluate the commercial potential of clients’ emerging technologies and assist start-ups with their go-to-market strategies. Her work will also focus on helping biohealth companies to secure non-dilutive funding.

Murphy is a recent graduate of the Masters of Biotechnology Program at Northwestern University. During her time at Northwestern, she gained professional experience in government affairs, project management, and corporate strategy at two life sciences companies. Prior to earning her graduate degree, she received her BS from the University of Nevada, Reno in neuroscience and chemistry.

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Arcellx inks deal for Rockville expansion - Washington Business Journal

The newly minted public company has signed a lease for 60,000 square feet.

Image: 800 King Farm Blvd. will be converted from traditional office to lab space. BANYAN

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Council Approves New Zoning Measure to Expand Biohealth in Urbanizing, Transit-Oriented Locations - EIN Presswire

ROCKVILLE, Md., July 29, 2022—The Montgomery County Council voted Tuesday to approve a new zoning measure introduced by Councilmember Andrew Friedson that will help attract and retain biohealth companies in Montgomery County and spur economic development, particularly in transit-oriented locations. The new zoning measure continues the Council’s ongoing efforts to support innovation and the biohealth sector, which is an essential part of Montgomery County’s economic engine.

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Deka Biosciences Breaks Ground on New Facility

GERMANTOWN, Md., July 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Deka Biosciences announced today that it is breaking ground on a 14,000 square foot office and lab which will house a state of the art Research and Development, Process Development, and Manufacturing facility to further develop their novel cytokine therapies.  This will be the first facility to house a dual targeted cytokine development lab in the DC/Maryland/Virginia region and the only company in the US developing a therapeutic of its kind. The new headquarters will be located at 20380 Seneca Meadows Parkway in Germantown, Maryland and Deka anticipates the move to be completed in the first quarter of 2023.

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VerImmune Inc Announces Closing of Seed Financing to Further Develop Novel Virus-inspired Particle Immunotherapies

Financing led by SeedFolio, an early-stage high-tech biotech venture investment firm with participation from Ulu Ventures, Proxima VC, NuFund Venture group, Gaingels, Mana Ventures, and others.


VerImmune, Inc. (“VerImmune”), a biotechnology company developing new therapeutic modalities that aim to redirect the body’s pre-existing immunity toward cancer, announced today the close of $2.5 million in Seed funding. The round was led by SeedFolio, a seed series venture capital firm focused on innovative, early-stage companies with game-changing impact potential. The round also included participation from US and global investment venture firms such as Ulu Ventures, and Proxima VC as well as leading private investment syndicate funds such as the NuFund Venture group (previously Tech Coast Angels- San Diego), Gaingels, Mana Ventures, and others.

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2022 Crab Trap Application

Crab Trap 2022 applications are being accepted through August 31st! Entrepreneurs with innovative diagnostics, medical devices, therapeutics, or other transformative health solutions are invited to apply to the 7th annual BioHealth Capital Region Crab Trap pitch competition. Finalists for the 2022 Crab Trap competition will pitch IN PERSON on September 21st as part of the BioHealth Capital Region Investor Conference. The winning teams will receive cash prizes from our sponsors.

Applications are due by 5pm on Wednesday, August 31st. Crab Trap finalists will be notified the week of 9/5/22. Mandatory virtual pitch coaching for all finalists will take place the week of 9/12/22.

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Children's National Hospital Innovation Day 2022

Children's National Innovation Day features the hospital's life science and healthcare projects that are looking for strategic partnership, co-development, and licensing opportunities. The event will also showcase startup companies whose mission is aligned with our quest to bring novel pediatric products to patients and families.

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BHI Seeks Senior Life Sciences Business Strategist

Currently reporting to the Vice President of Economic Development, the Senior Life Sciences BusinessStrategist evaluates the commercial potential of emerging technologies and provides recommendations ongo-to-market strategies.

This is a customer facing role with a focus on supporting clients in the development of commercial analysesand federal grant proposals.

The Senior Life Sciences Business Strategist also supervises junior Life Sciences Business Strategists andmanages consultants, as needed.

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The Galien Foundation Announces 2022 Prix Galien USA Nominees for "Best Digital Health Solution," "Incubators, Accelerators and Equity," and "Prix Galien Startup" - DEKA Nominated

NEW YORK, July 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The Galien Foundation, the premier global institution dedicated to honoring innovators in life sciences, today announced the 2022 Prix Galien USA Award nominees for "Best Digital Health Solution," "Incubators, Accelerators and Equity," and "Prix Galien Startup." Winners will be announced during the Prix Galien USA Awards Ceremony on October 27, 2022, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

"The Prix Galien Awards have become the most coveted prizes for those who dedicate their lives to the development of meaningful drugs and innovations," said Bernard Poussot, Director, Roche Holding, Former Chairman & CEO, Wyeth, Prix Galien Startup, Digital Health and Incubators, Accelerators and Equity Committee Chairman. "Members of the Awards Committees applaud the unwavering commitment of each nominee in their quest to provide a healthier future for the next generation."


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Incubator “Cheat Sheet” for Life Science Entrepreneurs in the BioHealth Capital Region · BioBuzz

The BioHealth Capital Region (BHCR) continues to grow rapidly with new startups and a greater number of clinical and commercial stage companies. The region aims to be in the top three biohealth clusters in the country by 2023. Whether it’s Kite Pharma‘s new facility in Frederick County, MD, companies like ATCC scoring contracts for critical vaccines, or recent moves to the area by companies like Synexa Life Sciences, it’s evident that the BHCR is thriving.


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Apply for the Maryland Global Consulting Program

Expand your company's reach to international markets with the University of Maryland - Robert H. Smith School of Business Global Consulting Program!

Develop your export capabilities and find new customers with a team of 3-5 business graduate students advised by top-rated Maryland Smith faculty, along with the Maryland Department of Commerce's Office of International Investment and Trade.

Applications close on Thursday, August 4. Learn more at:

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Medical Device I-Corps

The Fischell Institute is working with University of Maryland (UMD) I-Corps representatives to plan a Medical Device I-Corps program, targeting dates in November. I-Corps is a National Science Foundation (NSF) program designed to foster, grow, and nurture innovation ecosystems regionally and nationally. UMD is the lead institution of the NSF I-Corps Hub: Mid-Atlantic Region and a member of the larger National Innovation Network.

UMD’s Introduction to I-Corps Course is a short, intense, bootcamp-style cohort. Participants work closely with teammates, other teams, and with mentors and instructors to develop business models around their innovations. Courses are approximately two weeks in duration, with the cohort meeting three or four times during the two-week span.

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