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September 18, 2018

Supernus Pharmaceuticals to acquire Biscayne Neurotherapeutics for up to $185M - Washington Business Journal

Rockville-based Supernus Pharmaceuticals Inc. has reached a deal to acquire Miami-based Biscayne Neurotherapeutics in a deal worth up to $185 million.

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Baltimore medical device startup Sisu Global Health raises $1.2 million - Baltimore Business Journal

Baltimore's Sisu Global Health Inc. is launching overseas sales of its first medical device with the help of $1.2 million in new funding.

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Visbiome® Vet probiotic to be the subject of two new clinical trials in domestic dogs

ExeGi Pharma is pleased to announce two new clinical partnerships with the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia and the University of Tennessee to study the Visbiome Vet probiotic in domestic dogs. Both studies will evaluate the probiotic's effectiveness in managing canine gastrointestinal disorders. Visbiome Vet is an 8-strain probiotic compound with an extremely high concentration of beneficial bacteria (112.5 billion bacteria per dose). The formulation in Visbiome Vet is one of the most extensively studied probiotic products for pets, as it has been the subject of four controlled clinical trials.

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Innovation is in Our DNA - MCEDC

World-leading innovation

Discovery crosses industries, border and boundaries in MoCo

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Creatv MicroTech Receives DoD Funding for Lung Cancer Screening

Creatv MicroTech, Inc. (Creatv) has received a $625,000 award from the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) to investigate their discovery of giant circulating cells found in peripheral blood for non-invasive detection of lung cancer by differentiating malignant from benign pulmonary nodules detected by low dose CT (LDCT). In the three-year study, Creatv will examine blood samples from 1,250 subjects at high risk for lung cancer based on their smoking history and occupational exposure to carcinogens. The research will be carried out in collaboration with Fox Chase Cancer Center (FCCC) and the Philadelphia VA Hospital.

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2018 “Make Your Medical Device Pitch for Kids!” Competition - Up to $100,000 in Grants and Access to Pediatric Device Development Expertise - FINALISTS

The Sheik Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Health System is pleased to announce the 11 finalists who have been selected to pitch their pediatric medical device innovation at our 6th annual Pediatric Device Innovation Symposium on Sunday, Sept. 23rd in Philadelphia, PA.

New this year, the competition focused on pediatric cardiovascular devices as they are critically needed. From a field of 45 submissions, the finalists are:

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FDA awards five grants to advance the development of pediatric medical devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that it has awarded five grants totaling up to $6 million per year over the next five years to Pediatric Device Consortia (PDC) across the country that will provide advice and support services to innovators of children's medical devices. The program aims to enhance the development, production and distribution of pediatric medical devices and has awarded $37 million to various consortia since 2009.

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These 25 Universities Produce the Most Startup Founders -

It's no secret that choosing the right college can have a big impact on where you end up later in life.

If you're hoping to launch a startup, chances are you'll need some funding down the road -- and, according to the data, the university you attend can be one factor that impacts the amount of funding you'll receive after graduating.

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Amazon HQ2: New Clues Suggest This East Coast City | Money

There’s still no official word on where Amazon is planning to build its second headquarters, but a trail of clues may be leading to the Washington, D.C. area.

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Will Baltimore see returns from Johns Hopkins licensed tech hitting public markets? - Baltimore Business Journal

None of the four companies with Hopkins-licensed tech that have done IPOs to day are still in Baltimore.

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Fall 2018 Discovery Series: The Impact of Changing Consumer Expectations on Healthcare Delivery - Inova Personalized Health Accelerator

Event date: November 07, 2018 SAVE THE DATE!

Please mark your calendar to join us at the Fall 2018 Inova Discovery Series: The Impact of Changing Consumer Expectations on Healthcare Delivery.

Consumer expectations related to healthcare delivery continue to rapidly evolve, forcing health systems and health technology innovators to continually rethink how consumers view the traditional patient-provider-payor relationship.

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Chinese scientist pleads guilty in plot to steal GSK secrets - KIRO-TV

A Chinese scientist has pleaded guilty to conspiring to steal biopharmaceutical trade secrets from GlaxoSmithKline in what prosecutors said was a scheme to set up companies in China to market them.

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Summer internship program in precision medicine creates a win-win for students and local company · BioBuzz

Technologies such as cloud, bigdata, nosql databases, mobile apps, wearable sensors, and healthcare data interoperability are buzz words to many, but they are technologies that are propelling the healthcare-IT field forward into new frontiers. The possibilities these technologies bring can aide in patient engagement, data aggregation, integration and analytics for precision medicine. This is the cutting-edge space that Jeeva Informatics, a local company, operates in. It’s also a very attractive field for students who are eager to get work experience in the emerging technologies of the future.

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Invitation to Biotech & Beer Happy Hour at Farm Brew Live! - Prince William County

Enjoy an evening with food, fun and lively conversation at Biotech and Beer. Meet old friends and new colleagues in the life science community. Complimentary admission for any bioscience company employees, and university students and researchers with advanced registration. All others may purchase tickets.

When: Thursday, Septmember 27, 2018 4:00-7:00 PM

Where: Farm Brew Live 9901 Discovery Blvd. Manassas, Virginia 20109 United States

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Intellectual property webinars for current SBIR/STTR grantees - USPTO

For small businesses currently participating in the federal government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, understanding intellectual property (IP)—including patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyrights—is necessary to protect your ideas, products, and product names in today’s knowledge economy. This series of seven 90-minute webinars, organized by the USPTO and the U.S. Small Business Administration, has been designed to specifically address the most common IP issues facing small businesses funded by the SBIR and STTR programs. They not only cover all aspects of IP protection, but will also help you understand your IP data rights under the SBIR/STTR grant or contract.

Space is limited to 200 people per webinar, so early registration is advised. Please note these webinars are open only to small businesses currently engaged in either Phase 1 or Phase 2 of the SBIR/STTR programs (link is external).

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Pharma's Innovation Crisis, Part 2: How To Fix It

Part 1 considered Dr. Kelvin Stott’s characterization of the innovation crisis in the pharmaceutical industry (here, here) and found his technology-based solution wanting. Improved productivity will require a new business model, one with transformative potential.

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Do You Have a Game-Changing Energy Innovation? | Innovation Crossroads

What you get

Participants selected for cohort three will receive: *

  • A two-year fellowship – Includes a personal living stipend of up to $90,000/year depending on education and experience, along with health insurance and travel allowance
  • Lab access and research funding – In addition to unparalleled access to facilities, equipment, and expertise at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, fellows receive $200,000 of R&D funding to support collaboration opportunities with researchers across the lab.
  • Business mentors, entrepreneurial training, and networking – Participants receive access to experienced business mentors, entrepreneurial training programs, and exclusive networking opportunities. Innovators are also exposed to a wide range of leaders from academia, industry, government, and finance that can serve as advisors and partners.

*All support is subject to performance and availability of funds.

Eligibility criteria

For acceptance into the program, applicants:

  • Must have PhD or equivalent experience
  • Must be focused on energy or manufacturing innovation
  • Must leverage ORNL R&D capabilities and have an impact on the Department of Energy (DOE) or Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) mission
  • Must be willing to relocate to the Knoxville-Oak Ridge area
  • Must be a US citizen or lawful permanent resident at time of application

To learn more or to apply, please visit:

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Scientists Are Discovering New Treatments With Stem Cells - Time

When Nichelle Obar learned she was pregnant with her second child last year, she never expected that her pregnancy, or her baby, would make history.

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What Keeps Cybersecurity Influencers up at Night? - DMVG Tech

Cybersecurity influencers believe that a new wave of system-embedded devices present a formidable challenge to their field. The Internet of Things (IoT) will introduce a vast amount of small computers, with inadequate security designs, that use high-speed internet, and that combination has all the ingredients for a cyberspace disaster.

Bob Stratton, a security entrepreneur and consultant, states that not every device has to have the high-level security of desktop computers, but manufactures of small computers should include a built-in level of resistance and system integrity.

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Op-Ed: Life Sciences Are Key to Building an ‘Innovation Economy’ in New Jersey - NJ Spotlight

Biopharmaceutical, biotech and medical technology companies comprise one of the state’s strongest sectors. They’re crucial to generating new jobs, products and services

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Five universities establish biotech business incubator - Taipei Times

Five universities yesterday said they would establish a biotech business incubator at the Shilin-Beitou Technology Park in New Taipei City.

The incubator would the biggest of its kind in northern Taiwan and provide the park, which is still under development, with skilled workers, they said.

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