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December 11, 2018


These Five Capital Region Biotechs Are The Fastest Growing in America · BioBuzz

In its 24th year, the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 is the premier technology awards program in North America.  The program celebrates the innovation, entrepreneurship and rapid growth that these cutting-edge companies all embody.  This year’s Fast 500 winners were selected based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth during the period from 2014 to 2017 across a number of sectors, including Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices. Five of these fast-growing companies call the Biohealth Capital Region home.

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Institute of Human Virology researchers discover that a bacterial protein promotes cancer - EurekAlert! Science News

The Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) announced today the discovery that DnaK, a protein of the bacterium mycoplasma, interferes with the mycoplasma-infected cell's ability to respond to and repair DNA damage, a known origin of cancer.

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GSK Buys Tesaro For $5 Billion In Dramatic Bet On Cancer Genetics

GlaxoSmithKline announced this morning that it will buy Tesaro, the maker of the ovarian cancer drug Zejula, for $5.1 billion in cash in a dramatic bet that the London-based drug giant can see opportunities connected to the genetics of cancer drugs better than the stock market.

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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: 

  • 12/12
  • 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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Join us December 13, 2018 for PATHFINDER INNOVATION PROGRAM

Explore Legal Issues for Early Stage Companies

Business formation and governance • Advisory Board vs. Board of Directors Equity incentive plans • NDA’s (w/ potential co-owners/joint ventures/investors and employees) • Worker classifications (exempt vs. non-exempt; W2 or 1099) Employment contracts • Lease and distributor agreements • Customer agreements (for beta testing and beyond) • CRADA’s and technology transfer agreements


1 p.m - Networking Lunch

1:30 - Panel Discussion with Q&A 

2:45-4:15 - One-on-one  with Attorneys*

RSVP by noon, December 12 at

No charge to attend • Attend in person or by videoconference

BioHealth Innovation, 1 Church Street, Suite 801, Rockville, MD 20876

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FDA Approves Cutting-Edge Cancer Drug from Inova Schar Cancer Institute Clinical Trial - Inova Newsroom

In groundbreaking news for the medical and cancer research community, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new, breakthrough cancer drug, larotrectinib, or Vitrakvi®, that targets specific genetic mutations in adult and pediatric patients. This is only the second tissue-agnostic drug that the FDA has approved.

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Applying Deep Learning to PD-L1 Expression

Perhaps the greatest promise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is its potential to enhance our ability to predict, diagnose, and treat disease.

That is why our researchers are continuing to look for new ways to leverage AI to aid our discovery and delivery of effective therapies.

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Creatv MicroTech Receives Japanese Patent for Cancer Screening

Creatv MicroTech, Inc. (Creatv) has received notice from the Japanese Patent Office that its patent covering numerous clinical applications for the detection of cancer associated macrophage-like cells (CAMLs) in cancer patient blood samples has been issued. Clinical applications of the CAML biomarker include cancer screening, various cancer diagnostics, and early detection of disease recurrence. Approved claims cover all solid tumors. Similar patents have been issued in Europe and Australia.

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QIAGEN announces new collaboration to develop companion diagnostic to guide treatment for patients with PIK3CA-mutated advanced breast cancer | Business Wire

QIAGEN N.V. (NYSE: QGEN; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) today announced that a clinical development program is underway with Novartis to bring to market a molecular test as a companion diagnostic to guide the use of the investigational compound BYL719 (alpelisib) in combination with fulvestrant for men and postmenopausal women living with PIK3CA mutated hormone receptor positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 negative (HR+/HER2-) advanced or metastatic breast cancer.

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Commerce’s NIST Announces Actions to Stimulate Commercialization of Federally Funded R&D | NIST

The United States spends more than any other nation on research and development (R&D) each year, investing over $150 billion in federally funded R&D alone. In line with President Donald J. Trump’s Management Agenda, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today released a draft green paper detailing steps to modernize the U.S. system of technology transfer and innovation for the 21st century. The actions outlined in the green paper would help maximize returns on the taxpayer investment in R&D.

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Greater Washington Board of Trade releases 2019-2021 Strategic Plan

The Board of Trade has served Greater Washington and its business community for 130 years. Today, it released a new three-year strategy for driving inclusive economic growth and improving livability, critical factors for the region's long-term success.

The strategy includes nine goals related to the Board of Trade's operations, offerings for members, and regional development initiatives.

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CELLINK and Prellis Biologics announce powerful, $1.2M Holograph-X Bioprinter - 3D Printing Media Network

Swedish bioprinting company CELLINK has entered into a partnership with organ and tissue engineering company Prellis Biologics, Inc. with the goal of commercializing high-resolution holographic bioprinting technology for micro-scale printing. By combining their IP and respective expertise, the companies will introduce what they call the “first system enabling ultra-high resolution bioprinting of microstructures” for producing vascular networks.

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Why do digital health startups keep failing?

A decade ago, a wave of companies promised to transform people’s health by allowing them to track data about their eating, sleep, exercise, and other habits. One hot startup of that moment, Zeo, raised more than $30 million from investors to develop a headband that tracked users’ sleep patterns and an accompanying app to serve as their personal “sleep coach.” Despite devoted users and buzz about its product in publications like Wired and Popular Science, Zeo quietly went out of business a few years later.

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Cancer researchers in Australia develop universal blood test

Australian scientists have developed a simple blood test that they claim can diagnose cancer in mere minutes by identifying a unique DNA signature present in all types of the disease.

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