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October 9, 2018


Brian Darmody, UMD Associate VP of Corporate Engagement, joins Rich Bendis on BioTalk

In this episode of BioTalk, Rich Bendis and guest Brian Darmody discuss growth across the region, the battle for talent and the upcoming AURP International Conference hosted in College Park.

Brian Darmody is responsible for developing projects, funding opportunities, and policies to support partnerships with the private sector. Previously he was the University's  Associate Vice President for Research and Development, Director of the University of Maryland Center for Applied Policy Studies, Director of State and Federal Relations in the UMD President's Office, and served in the  University's legal counsel's office. He serves on national and state boards, including Maryland Technology Council Executive Board, Fraunhofer USA, the Maryland Economic Development Association and is past President of the Association of University Research Parks.He has served on the staff for the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration Office of Attorney-Advisor, and the Maryland General Assembly. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore.

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Join us for an Investment Panel Discussion - BioHealth Capital Region Investment Conference


Led by Joel Marcus, Founder of Alexandria Real Estate Equities

October 9th at 4:20pm

One MedImmune Way, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Networking Reception to follow

RSVP by 2 p.m. 10/8 to:

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County Report This Week Episode - Featuring BHI's Rich Bendis

Anqoinette Crosby hosts County Report This Week. On this episode: Members of Governor Larry Hogan’s cabinet visited the county to discuss transportation and other topics with the Montgomery County Planning department, Artspace broke ground in Silver Spring, Biohealth Innovation will take part in an upcoming conference, Aspen Hill residents voice their opinions about cell towers, and the World of Montgomery Festival takes place on October 21 from 12-4p at Montgomery College in Rockville.

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Biotech forum follow-up discuss hosted by George L. Leventhal, Montgomery County Councilmember

Dear Friend:

On Wednesday, October 17th, I will be hosting a follow up discussion to a Biotech forum held earlier this year that addressed ways to help the biotechnology sector thrive in Montgomery County. I will be joined at this discussion by Congressman Jamie Raskin, Dr. Anthony Saleh, CEO, miRecule Inc. and Dr. Chris Austin, Director of the National Center for Advance Translational Sciences (NCATS), NIH.

The topic will be whether federal ethics and conflict of interest restrictions on NIH (intramural) scientists impede the competitiveness of our region’s biotechnology enterprise by limiting incentives for starting new commercial ventures.

This meeting will be held at Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus, Room 121 in the 9605 Building, which is located at Medical Center Drive in Rockville. Parking on campus is available; however, a parking permit is required. Please park in the lot adjacent to the building located at the corner of Key West Avenue and Broschart Road. To ensure you receive a parking permit you must RSVP to this event. The event begins at noon and is scheduled to end at 1:30pm. A light lunch will be provided. Please email your RSVP to Walton Harris at or 240-777-7945.


George L. LeventhalMontgomery County Councilmember

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How Cambridge Became a Biotech Hub – Bloomberg

Alexandria Real Estate Equities chairman and co-founder Joel Marcus sit down with Bloomberg's Rebecca Spalding in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Apply Now: Immediate new opening for an NIH Entrepreneur in Residence

BioHealth Innovation, Inc. (BHI), is a Montgomery County innovation intermediary which translates market-relevant research into commercial success by bringing together management, funding, and markets.  BHI is seeking an experienced life science professional with entrepreneurial and investment experience to join the BHI EIR team and serve as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This position will report to and work closely with our lead at the NIH Office of the Director, Office of Extramural Research (OER) at the Bethesda, MD campus. The EIR will provide product, corporate and private investment strategy for companies which have SBIR/STTR awards and are ready for the next step towards commercial success.

The NIH is the world’s largest early stage biomedical investor providing nondilutive funding for US companies in the form of grants and contracts through the SBIR/STTR program. In FY19 the Congressional funds set aside for company funding exceeds $1B USD. The EIR program supports NIH interests in commercial success of its SBIR/STTR portfolio companies. 

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Altimmune Raises $17 Million through Underwritten Public & Registered Direct Offerings Last Week

Altimmune, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALT), a clinical-stage immunotherapeutics company, today announced the pricing of an underwritten public offering of common units and pre-funded units for a combined total of 2,400,000 units. Each common unit is being sold at a public offering price of $5.00 and consists of a share of its common stock and a warrant to purchase one share of common stock at an exercise price of $6.00. Each warrant will be exercisable immediately and will expire five years from the date of issuance. Each pre-funded unit consists of a pre-funded warrant to purchase one share of our common stock at an exercise price of $0.01 per share and a warrant. The purchase price of each Pre-funded Unit is equal to the price per common unit being sold to the public in this offering, minus $0.01. The pre-funded warrants will be immediately exercisable and may be exercised at any time until all of the pre-funded warrants are exercised in full

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CASI Pharmaceuticals Announces Appointment Of President To Its China Operations To Lead Commercialization

CASI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: CASI), a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development and delivery of high quality, cost-effective pharmaceutical products and innovative therapeutics to patients in the U.S., China and throughout the world, announces the appointment of Larry Zhang to the position of President of CASI (Beijing) Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd., the China operating subsidiary of CASI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. headquartered in Rockville, Maryland.

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Danaher’s Instruments of Change

When the Danaher Corporation announced in May 2015 that it would split into two separate enterprises in 2016, it seemed at first like a reversal of the company’s history. Danaher had built itself into a remarkably successful business over four decades by acquiring and integrating new companies into a unified whole, improving them through a group of distinctive management practices known as the Danaher Business System (DBS), then holding onto them.

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Montgomery County MD Broadband Summit

DATE AND TIME: Mon, October 22, 2018 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDTLOCATION: Montgomery College Germantown Bioscience Education Center, 20200 Observation Drive, Bioscience Education Center, Room 151/152, Germantown, MD 20876

Montgomery County Government requests that you join County Executive Isiah Leggett and Council President Hans Riemer at the Commercial Buildings Broadband Summit, Monday October 22, 2018, 8 am to 1 pm.

The purpose of the Summit is to bring together select business leaders in commercial real estate development and leasing, gigabit fiber networks and wireless 5G and IoT, and leading business sectors to discuss how broadband-ready commercial buildings can support today’s business needs and what strategic direction the County should take to prepare for tomorrow’s business growth. There is no charge to attend, but space is limited and reservations are required.

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5 things to know about Georgetown University’s new venture lab - Washington Business Journal

The Georgetown Venture Lab, a university effort to support alumni startup founders, is now live at the WeWork location at 15th and G streets NW.

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FDA Renews M-CERSI Grant to School of Pharmacy - University of Maryland, Baltimore

The University of Maryland Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (M-CERSI) has been renewed for funding under a cooperative agreement grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

A collaborative partnership led by James Polli, PhD, the Shangraw/Noxell Endowed Chair in Industrial Pharmacy and Pharmaceutics at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (UMSOP), and William E. Bentley, PhD, the Robert E. Fischell Distinguished Chair of Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), M-CERSI is one of only four FDA-funded CERSIs in the United States and the only CERSI to receive continuous funding from the FDA since it launched in 2011.

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BIO Statement on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement

Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) President & CEO James C. Greenwood today issued the following statement on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):

BIO supports the USMCA and appreciates the Administrations efforts to prioritize biotechnology innovation, including provisions that update intellectual property protections and agricultural market access to 21st century standards.

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The Science of Beer @ CRB

When: Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT

Where: CRB Office 1801 Research Blvd #620 Rockville, MD 20850

It's harvest time again and we're continuing our Fall Oktoberfest tradition with a special Open House event at CRB's Rockville office; featuring local microbrewery, Brookville Beer Farm. Join us on Oktober 18th to help celebrate a year of tremendous growth within our region with a firm who is responsible for designing and building the facilities that many local companies are expanding into.

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Maryland Tech Council’s Venture Mentoring Program Expands to Serve Entrepreneurs Across Maryland

Maryland Tech Council (MTC) announced today that, with the support of the Maryland Department of Commerce, the Maryland Tech Council Venture Mentoring Services (MTC VMS), will expand beyond Montgomery County to serve entrepreneurs throughout Maryland. The MTC VMS, which started just two years ago, has trained more than 60 mentors. The program uses a unique team approach to mentoring and is focused on technology and life sciences companies that are preparing to raise their first or second round of venture capital or institutional financing.

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Aldrich Capital Partners raises new fund - Washington Business Journal

The fund aims to invest in larger, more mature companies primed for growth.

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Venture Capital Gathering Showcases Michigan's 'Secret Weapon': Collaboration | Benzinga

A 450-person gathering in Detroit’s Eastern Market this week made it clear Michigan sits at the intersection of development in the mobility space, Midwestern affordability and investor interest.

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The right way for health systems to embrace startup innovation

Many health systems acknowledge that partnering with digital healthcare startups is a necessary step toward innovation, but if providers do not tend these partnerships carefully, they will not be able to reap their benefits.

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SBIR Office Hours

BioHealth Innovation sponsors quarterly office hours in Montgomery County and at Johns Hopkins Fast Forward (Fast Forward hours are for JHU innovators only).

BioHealth Capital Region innovators not located at Fast Forward can register for SBIR office hours on the following dates.

  • Tuesday - Nov 6, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Germantown Innovation Center
  • Wednesday - Nov 7, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Rockville Innovation Center
  • Tuesday – Feb 12, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. - Germantown Innovation Center
  • Wednesday --Feb 13, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. - Rockville Innovation Cente
  • Wednesday – May 8, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.- Germantown Innovation Center
  • Thursday -- May 9, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. - Rockville Innovation Center

To register for the open sessions, click here. (BHI also will be hosting a more general SBIR overview with office hours on January 29, 2019. Mark your calendar; more details to follow.)

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SBIR Funding Assistance

If you and your team are located in the BioHealth Capital Region, BHI may prepay for experts to help you improve your SBIR and other non-dilutive funding applications for biohealth related projects. Your only obligation is that if you win the award, you reimburse BHI for the consulting fees (typically $1500 or $3000) and a minimal program management fee (ten % of the prepaid consulting fee i.e. $150 or $300).

For more information contact BHI.

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BHI Entrepreneur-in-Residence Feedback Sessions

Are you a start-up in Maryland, DC or Virginia seeking feedback on your biohealth business idea, pitch deck, or commercialization plan? business/commercialization plan, pitch deck, or idea? Schedule your feedback session with BHI EIRs on one of the following dates: 10/31, 12/5, 2/13, 3/20, 5/22. (30 minute blocks of time beginning at 9:00 in the morning. If the morning slots are filled, more time will be allotted beginning at 1 p.m.) Pre-registration is required; sign up here (“EIR resource”at BHI). For questions/more information, contact BHI.

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