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March 27, 2018

Montgomery County Council Approves Biotech Grant Program | Montgomery Community Media

The Montgomery County Council on Tuesday unanimously approved Tuesday a county matching fund for businesses that receive federal grants.

Councilmember George Leventhal spearheaded the grant, which was co-sponsored by the eight remaining council members.

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New York firm leads $40M Series A for Baltimore-based Dracen Pharmaceuticals - Baltimore

A biotech company founded by Johns Hopkins researchers to develop new drugs to fight cancer said this week that it is raising $40 million in Series A funding.

The round for Dracen Pharmaceuticals was led by Deerfield Management Company, a New York–based firm which invested $36 million in the round.

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TEDCO's Seed Fund invested $1.2 million in these 5 startups - Baltimore

TEDCO announced investments from its seed fund in five startups this week, including three from Baltimore.

Taken together, the latest funding from Maryland’s quasi-public agency backing early-stage companies totals $1.2 million. Here’s the funding breakdown:

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The State of the Healthcare Industry and the Impact on Investment Banking/Capital Markets - BHI CEO Rich Bendis to Speak

Wednesday, April 18, 20185:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Please join us on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 for a Healthcare Panel presentation and networking event at the INOVA Personalized Health Conference Center.

Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be provided.

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Novavax details 'pre-commercialization activities,' $1.5B sales target for RSV vaccine | FiercePharma

Novavax may be years away from a potential approval of its RSV vaccine, but on the company's recent year-end conference call, executives talked up the candidate's commercial appeal and the steps they're taking now to prepare for a possible rollout.

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Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. Appoints Jennifer J. Banks and Larry J. Diamond as Co-Chief

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. (NYSE:  ARE), an urban office REIT uniquely focused on collaborative life science and technology campuses in AAA innovation cluster locations, today announced that its board of directors has appointed Jennifer J. Banks and Larry J. Diamond as co-chief operating officers, effective April 23, 2018. Ms. Banks will assume additional responsibilities related to leading the company's risk management operations and will continue as general counsel and corporate secretary. Mr. Diamond will assume a national role overseeing the company's real estate property operations and will continue as regional market director of Maryland.

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How Martine Rothblatt and James Park Are Using Big Data - Fortune

In some ways Martine Rothblatt, the founder and chairwoman of United Therapeutics, a Maryland-based biotechnology company, and James Park, the CEO and co-founder of consumer fitness company Fitbit, are unusual health care leaders and entrepreneurs. Both came from outside the industry—Rothblatt previously created SiriusXM radio, among other things; meanwhile the inspiration for Park’s popular family of wearable devices was the Nintendo Wii— and neither set out steeped in the regulatory arts of American healthcare.

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Maryland Senate approves Amazon HQ2 incentive package - Washington Business Journal

The Maryland state Senate signed off on $5.6 billion in tax incentives to lure Inc. to Montgomery County on Monday night.

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Baltimore and BHI Client medical device startup Perceptive Navigation LLC looks to raise $4 million - Baltimore Business Journal

Baltimore medical device firm Perceptive Navigation LLC is looking to raise $4 million in new funding, according to a recent filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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How Baltimore's Harpoon Medical secured an exit strategy 2 years before its $100M acquisition by Edwards Lifesciences Corp. - Baltimore Business Journal

Investors got big returns on the initial sale and could see millions more over the coming years, as Harpoon's device continues on the path to U.S. regulatory approval.

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American Gene Technologies Gains Additional Immuno-Oncology Patent | American Gene Technologies

American Gene Technologies International Inc. (AGT), a leading gene and cell therapy company, today announced receipt of a second immuno-oncology patent on the stimulation of gamma delta T cells for treating solid tumors in epithelial cancers. U.S. Patent No: 9,914,938 dated March 13, 2018 further consolidates AGT’s intellectual property position surrounding its novel gene therapy platform. The patent describes AGT’s unique lentivirus vector approach to modify tumors for potent activation of naturally-occurring T cells in the immune system providing a highly-effective immune response and destruction of tumors.

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2018 BioHealth Capital Region Forum: Time to Register

April 23-24  |  1 MedImmune Way, Gaithersburg MD 20878 

This invitation-only event is free for executive level biotech leaders and is presented by BioHealth Innovation, VirginiaBio, Inova, Children’s National Health System, QIAGEN, Maryland Tech Council, University System of Maryland and MedImmune/AstraZeneca. Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC set the bar high for biotech innovation. So please join us for our Annual BioHealth Capital Region Forum that will highlight the accomplishments of today and chart our successes of tomorrow.

We are excited to bring you an exceptional line up of speakers. The program will feature sessions that focus on the Advancing Science and Accelerating Innovation.

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2018 BHCR Crab Trap: Last week to apply to win $10,000 and present to world class judges

You thought the Shark Tank was tough…

wait until you enter the the BioHealth Capital Region Crab Trap!

Submit your application for the opportunity to be named the company with the most commercial potential at the 2018 BioHealth Regional Forum, $10,000, and MORE!

Application Deadline: March, 30th 2018 

Finalists will be announced: April 9th, 2018 

Finalist Presentations BioHealth Capital Region Forum Event: April 24th, 2018

Submit an Application »

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Innovation Village ready to bring startup resources, venture capital together in new Baltimore HQ - Baltimore Business Journal

Eighteen companies ranging in maturity and focus, from software building to bag making, will be housed in the newly renovated HQ by the end of the month.

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These two Baltimore biotech hubs are partnering to help scientist-entrepreneurs - Baltimore

A pair of bio-oriented spaces in Baltimore are looking to provide extra help to scientists building companies out of discoveries.

The Inner Harbor–based Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) and Baltimore Under Ground Science Space (BUGSS) have a new partnership, according to leaders from both spots.

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Johns Hopkins leads all U.S. universities in research spending for 38th year in a row | Hub

Johns Hopkins University led all U.S. universities in research and development expenditures for the 38th consecutive year in fiscal year 2016, spending $2.431 billion on projects like fighting dengue, finding the functional age of cells, and explaining why the universe is making fewer stars.

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WellDoc Announces Formation of Scientific Advisory Team

WellDoc®, a leading digital therapeutic company, announces today the formation of its scientific advisory team whose expertise spans cardiology, health behavior, endocrinology, primary care and pharmacy-based diabetes education and care. Richard Katz, MD, Janet Duni, RN, BSN, MPA, CCM, Pablo Mora, MD, Nancy D’Hondt, RPh, CDE, FAADE, Edwin Fisher, PhD and Charlene Quinn, PhD have each been involved in WellDoc’s digital health journey with product enhancement, evaluation, or implementation and have been asked to now formally serve as scientific advisors to the company.

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CASI Pharmaceuticals Announces $50 Million Private Placement To Prepare Company For Commercialization In China

CASI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: CASI), a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to bringing high quality, cost-effective pharmaceutical products and innovative oncology therapeutics to patients, announces today a $50 million private placement. The Company has entered into definitive securities purchase agreements pursuant to which the Company will issue 15,432,091 shares of its Common Stock with accompanying warrants to purchase 6,172,832 shares of its Common Stock. The purchase price for each share of Common Stock and warrant is $3.24. The warrants will become exercisable 180 days after issuance at a $3.69 per share exercise price, and will expire five years from the date of issuance. On March 19, 2018, the consolidated closing bid price per share of Common Stock was $3.19.

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Akonni Biosystems Announces Strategic Partnership with Major Chinese Diagnostics Company Righton

Akonni Biosystems Inc. and Chinese in vitro diagnostics company, Righton, announce a commercial agreement that enables Righton to sell Akonni's products for nucleic acid purification and molecular diagnostics to researchers, clinical laboratories, and hospitals in China. The products to be sold include TruTip®, Akonni's best-in-class sample preparation technology, which is low-cost and simple, yet highly effective at purifying DNA and RNA from the most difficult sample types. In addition, for diagnostic applications, Righton plans to commercialize Akonni's TruDiagnosis® system based on the proprietary TruArray® multiplexed diagnostic solutions. Righton has made an equity investment of $7.5 million USD in Akonni's series D fundraising round bringing the total investments in the Series D round to $13.9 million USD.

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A whopping 80 percent of all venture capital investment goes to just three states. That has to change. - Recode

Our country faces an ever-growing number of challenges in the 21st century, but all too often our political dialogue can’t even begin to scratch the surface. While Washington remains mired in its usual partisan fights, entire communities across the country — especially in the Midwest — have been locked out of an economy that has moved away from the manufacturing base that helped build the strongest middle class the world has ever seen.

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MCCC GovConNet Procurement Conference – Pathway to Growth

Friday, May 18, 2018 7:30AM – 3:00PM

Largest Regional Small Business Procurement Conference

MCCC GovConNet Procurement Conference gives over 800 attendees the unique opportunity to gain valuable insights and meet directly with key purchasing agents from a variety of prime contractors and federal, state, and local government agencies.

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Lupin launches generic Lodosyn® tablets in the US

Pharma major Lupin announced the launch of its Carbidopa Tablets 25mg having received an approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier.

Lupin’s Carbidopa Tablets, 25mg is the generic equivalent of Aton Pharma, Inc.’s Lodosyn® Tablets, 25 mg. It is indicated for use with carbidopa-levodopa or with levodopa in the treatment of the symptoms of idiopathic Parkinson’s disease (paralysis agitans), postencephalitic parkinsonism, and symptomatic parkinsonism, which may follow injury to the nervous system by carbon monoxide intoxication and/or manganese intoxication.

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See How Much Your Agency's Spending Would Increase Under the 2018 Omnibus - Oversight -

The $1.3 trillion fiscal 2018 funding package sent to President Trump early Friday includes big boosts for almost all of the major federal agencies, thanks to a broader two-year budget deal increasing spending caps that President Trump signed last month.

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HHS Secretary Azar to Name Robert R. Redfield, M.D., Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention |

On Wednesday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that Secretary Alex Azar will name Robert R. Redfield, M.D., as the 18th Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

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AACR president-elect to focus on health disparities, convergence science

Elizabeth M. Jaffee, MD, will become president of American Association for Cancer Research next month.

Jaffee is deputy director of Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, as well as associate director of Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy at Johns Hopkins.

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Maryland, Anne Arundel County Announce Support for Paragon Bioservices' Expansion

The state of Maryland and the Anne Arundel County Economic Development Corp. (AAEDC) announced today their support of Paragon Bioservices’ new commercial manufacturing facility under development in Anne Arundel County and the addition of 200 new jobs over the next four years. Earlier this year, Paragon, a leading biologics contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) with expertise in gene therapy and next-generation vaccines, announced plans to lease 150,000 square feet in the BW Gateway development on Harmans Road.

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Jeff Vinik’s latest big investment: $12 million in startup accelerator Dreamit

Tampa Bay Lightning owner and developer Jeff Vinik is investing $12 million in Dreamit, an early-stage venture fund and startup accelerator with offices in New York, Philadelphia and — in the foreseeable future — Tampa.

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Here Are All the Ways Sugar Is Actually Killing You

Do you find it nearly impossible to resist the opportunity to devour a cupcake, brownie, or doughnut? You’re not alone. Most of us jump at the chance to satisfy our sweet tooth, even though we know it isn’t good for us. Too many people, however, take an all-or-nothing approach when it comes to junk food, which can make it hard to quit. You don’t have to stop eating sugar completely, but eating less of it could improve and even save your life.

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In 1887, Nurses Had To Follow These 9 Ludicrous Rules

If you’ve been to the hospital recently, you’ve probably noticed that the hospital relies on nurses in order to keep everything running smoothly. In fact, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 3.1 million nurses in the United States alone.

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The Struggle to Build a Massive ‘Biobank’ of Patient Data - The New York Times

This spring, the National Institutes of Health will start recruiting participants for one of the most ambitious medical projects ever envisioned.

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Twitter for Scientists: an Idea Whose Time Has Finally Come? - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Tweeting has long posed a dilemma for scientists. There’s abundant evidence that widely sharing a research finding in just one or two simple sentences greatly increases its use and effectiveness.

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Scientists launch global effort to find the next diabetes drug -

USC researchers have launched a massive scientific effort to construct a detailed, virtual 3-D model of the pancreatic beta cell and its components — a global project that aims to one day curb the worldwide rise of diabetes.

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