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December 20, 2022


Wendy Buckland to Join Emmes as Chief Operating Officer

New COO Adds International Experience and Clinical Operations Depth to Emmes' Portfolio

ROCKVILLE, Md., Dec. 15, 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 Wendy Buckland will join the company as its chief operating officer, leading global operations.

Prior to her new position at Emmes, Buckland headed PPD's neuroscience therapeutic unit where she was responsible for strategy, client satisfaction, operational delivery, profitability and talent development, as well as oversight for all clinical development programs in neuroscience and ophthalmology.

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PharmaJet Partner Immunomic Therapeutics Receives FDA Fast Track Designation for pDNA Vaccine for Skin Cancer

Vaccine exclusively delivered with the PharmaJet Stratis® Needle-free Injection System

December 13, 2022 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

GOLDEN, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PharmaJet®, a company that engineers precision delivery systems that overcome the challenges of vaccine and pharmaceutical companies, today announced that their partner Immunomic Therapeutics received FDA fast track designation (FTD) for the clinical study of their plasmid DNA vaccine ITI-3000 in patients with Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), a rare but aggressive form of skin cancer. Enrollment is in progress for the phase 1 study that exclusively uses the PharmaJet Stratis Needle-free Injection System (NFIS).

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Emmes Hires Ching Tian in New Leadership Role to Accelerate Innovation

ROCKVILLE, Md., Dec. 14, 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 Ching Tian has joined the company as chief innovation officer.

Emmes Chief Executive Officer Dr. Christine Dingivan said, "Ching brings a wealth of data and digital experience, which will be immediately useful as we accelerate our transition to decentralized trials. Her role is to work across the company to integrate technology and processes that strengthen the way we'll address clinical trials of the future."

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Phlow Corp., U.S. Pharmacopia open Richmond labs to develop new pharma techniques

The Richmond area partnership that’s been working to revolutionize U.S. drug making has reached another milestone with the opening of a new lab space in the city.

Two groups – Phlow Corp. and U.S. Pharmacopeia – announced the opening of new laboratories that are co-located at the Advanced Pharmaceutical Development Center at the Virginia Biotechnology Park in Richmond.

Two new labs are aiming to research and develop new manufacturing technologies in the pharmaceutical industry. Those technologies are expected to benefit other pharma and biotechnology companies.

Research and development at the labs is focused on using new advanced manufacturing techniques to make “small molecule” active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), and key starting materials (KSMs). It is hoped that those processes can be used to make essential drugs more efficiently and in a more cost effective manner.

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Precigen Announces Positive Phase 1 Dose Escalation Data for Autologous PRGN-3006 UltraCAR-T® Manufactured Overnight for Next Day Infusion in Relapsed or Refractory Acute Myeloid Leukemia Patients

–   Single infusion of UltraCAR-T cells with or without lymphodepletion demonstrated robust expansion and persistence in blood and bone marrow –

–   PRGN-3006 infusion with lymphodepletion resulted in a decrease in bone marrow blasts in 60% of heavily pre-treated patients –

–   Single infusion of autologous PRGN-3006 cells resulted in 27% objective response rate (ORR) in heavily pre-treated relapsed or refractory (r/r) acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients infused following lymphodepletion –

–  PRGN-3006 was well-tolerated with no dose-limiting toxicities (DLTs) reported to date –

GERMANTOWN, Md., Dec. 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Precigen, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company specializing in the development of innovative gene and cell therapies to improve the lives of patients, today presented positive Phase 1 dose escalation data from the ongoing Phase 1/1b clinical study of PRGN-3006 UltraCAR-T® in patients with r/r AML and higher risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) (clinical trial identifier: NCT03927261) at the 64th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting and Exposition (Abstract# 4633). The presentation was delivered by David A. Sallman, MD, Assistant Member in the Department of Malignant Hematology at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute (Moffitt) and a lead investigator for the PRGN-3006 clinical trial.

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Transatlantic VC veterans tap Novo Holdings to raise $124M rare disease fund | Fierce Biotech has U.S. office in Montgomery County

Novo Holdings and experienced venture capitalists on both sides of the Atlantic have come together to create a new fund focused on rare diseases. Led by VCs who spent years at Lundbeckfonden Ventures and NEA, Sound Bioventures will use its initial 110 million euros ($124 million) to back biotechs that are either in or on the cusp of the clinic.

Image: Novo Holdings framed its interest in Sound Bioventures as about more than just generating a return on investment. ((Pixabay))

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Novavax proposes $250M in stock and debt offerings - Washington Business Journal

The Gaithersburg biotech, which also detailed changes to a U.K. sales agreement for its Covid vaccine, saw its share price drop in after-hours trading.

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More lab space is being built in Blacksburg and Roanoke. Here's how that can accelerate growth of the life sciences sector. - Cardinal News

The founders of Fermi Energy have an idea which, if it pans out, could revolutionize the auto industry.

That industry is already seeing the rise of electric vehicles, but electric vehicles are hampered by one thing: Their batteries require nickel and cobalt, two elements that must be imported. Fermi founders Feng Lin and Zhengrui Xu believe they can use other elements (they won’t say which ones for proprietary reasons) to achieve the same energy output, reduce the charging time – and cut costs by 20%.

Image: Here's the lab space under construction at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center. Photo by Dwayne Yancey.

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AURP White Paper Calls on Research Parks and Related Entities to Prepare to Compete for Funds from the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022

TUCSON, AZ and COLLEGE PARK, MD / ACCESSWIRE / December 15, 2022 / Research parks, innovation districts and related entities across the United States should prepare and strategize now to compete for federal funding from the recently enacted CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, according to a new white paper from AURP, the leading nonprofit organization representing research parks and innovation districts.

The white paper, prepared by Brian Darmody, AURP Chief Strategy Officer, showcases a dynamic range of ways organizations and institutions - such as research parks, innovation districts, businesses, universities, federal labs, states, regions and local communities - engaged in science and technology-based economic development can leverage the unprecedented amount of federal grant funding authorized in the CHIPS and Science Act.

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Mapped: The Most Innovative Countries in the World in 2022

Since 2000, global investment in research and development (R&D) has tripled to $2.4 trillion.

R&D spend is also casting a wider global net. In 1960, the U.S. made up nearly 70% of global R&D spending, and by 2020 this had fallen to 30%. From job creation and public health to national security and industrial competitiveness, R&D plays a vital role in a country’s economic growth and innovation, impacting nearly every corner of society—either directly or indirectly.


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