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February 5, 2019




Submit your application for a chance to be named

‘the company with the most commercial potential’

at the BioHealth Capital Region Forum. 

Deadline for entries is March 1, 2019

Finalists will be announced March 21, 2019

Present at BioHealth Capital Region Forum April 9, 2019.

Finalists will have a chance to win the grand prize by presenting in front of a panel of prominent industry funding experts and executives.

  • Moderator - Rich Bendis, President and CEO, BioHealth Innovation
  • 2019 Judges to be announced


  • Grand Prize provided by WSGR $10,000
  • Visibility in front of hundreds of attendees and prominent industry and venture capital judges


  • Product
  • Technical Feasibility
  • Marketing/Strategy
  • Leadership Team
  • Financial/Projection

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Dr. Julia Finkel, Pediatric Anesthesiologist, Children's National Medical Center, joins Biotalk host Rich Bendis

Dr. Julia Finkel, Pediatric Anesthesiologist, Children's National Medical Center, joins Biotalk host Rich Bendis to discuss pain care management, the founding of startup AlgometRx, and the funding of this new companyDr. Julia Finkel, Pediatric Anesthesiologist, Children's National Medical Center, joins Biotalk host Rich Bendis to discuss pain care management, the founding of startup AlgometRx, and the funding of this new company.

Julia Finkel, M.D., is a pediatric anesthesiologist and director Pain Medicine Research and Development in the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation.

Dr. Finkel has extensive experience designing and conducting clinical trials relating to analgesics in children and has received both industry and federal funding of her research. Dr. Finkel is regularly invited to speak at national meetings on topics related to pediatric pain management.

Listen now on iTunes Google Play , and TuneIn

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SBIR & Non-Dilutive Funding Workshop - February 28th

UMD IBBR - 9600 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, MD 20850

February 28, 2019

Unique opportunity to meet 1:1 with multiple SBIR program managers and experts.



  • 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. – Networking and Registration
  • 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Program Overviews. Agencies represented:
    • NSF (National Science Foundation)
    • NIH NIA (National Institute on Aging)
    • NIH NCI (National Cancer Institute)
    • NIH NHLBI (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
    • NIH NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
    • US Army (invited)
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Networking Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Writing Specific Aims Page
  • 1:30 – 2 p.m. – Writing Your Phase II Commercialization Program
  • 2:00 – 2:30 p.m.  – Q&A with All speakers
  • 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. - 1:1 – Meetings with Program Managers*


Pre-Registration REQUIRED: RSVP by noon, February 26 at

No charge for entrepreneurs to attend • If seeking 1:1 meeting(s) please include organization(s) in RSVP.

*You do not have to participate in 1:1 meetings. However, to do so, you must attend the overview session in person. 

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Scoop: GSK’s venture team at SR One in talks to spin off from its big pharma founder, now under new R&D management – Endpoints News

The partners at SR One, a storied corporate biotech VC with investments across a wide range of drug developers on both sides of the Atlantic, are engaged in talks to split away from the pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline, according to sources familiar with a move that’s been in the works since at least late last year.

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Cerecor Announces U.S. Headquarters Move Into Pharmaceutical Corridor of Rockville, Maryland

Cerecor Inc. (NASDAQ: CERC), a biopharmaceutical company focused on becoming a leader in development and commercialization of treatments in rare and orphan diseases in pediatrics and neurology, announced today that it has moved its U.S. Corporate Offices to 540 Gaither Road Suite 400 located in Rockville, Maryland. The company had previously been based in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation Renews Support Commitment to Maryland Tech Council's Venture Mentoring Services Program

Maryland Tech Council (MTC) announced today that the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) will continue its partnership with and support of MTC's Venture Mentoring Services (VMS) program. MCEDC has funded the mentoring program for three years and will continue to support it in 2019-to further augment the growth of Montgomery County's target industries-technology and life sciences, while providing a key component to sustain economic growth in the County.

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GetWellNetwork poised to increase global footprint and drive digital health innovation across care continuum in 2019 | GetWellNetwork

GetWellNetwork, the Precision Engagement health care company reaching 10 million patients annually, announced today a pivotal 2018 which will propel the company into 2019 as it continues to lead the evolution of patient engagement. The company furthered global expansion efforts, made several executive hires and acquired leading digital health company HealthLoop to catalyze growth in the ambulatory space.

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2018 Global Digital Health 100 - emocha included

Explore the 2018 Global Digital Health 100.

The Global Digital Health 100 is one of the HealthTech industries foremost technology awards programmes, celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship. It recognises and supports health technology companies that are demonstrating the greatest potential to change the way that healthcare is delivered.

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Rexahn Receives Notice of Allowance for U.S. Patent Covering RX-3117 Use in a Broad Range of Tumor Types - Rexahn Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Rexahn Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE American: RNN), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing innovative therapies to improve patient outcomes in cancers that are difficult to treat, announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a Notice of Allowance for U.S. Patent Application No. 15/683,408, “Fluorocyclopentenylcytosine Methods of Use.” The patent application covers the use of RX-3117 in a broad range of tumor types that over-express UCK2, the enzyme that activates RX-3117. The company expects the patent to be issued within a few months from the notice of allowance and provide protection to 2036.

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Viela Bio, NextCure among Maryland companies that received most VC funding in 2018. - Baltimore Business Journal

The top company received more than $280 million VC funding in 2018.

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Billion-dollar year: Maryland builds venture capital momentum with record-breaking 2018 - Baltimore Business Journal

Seven firms brought in over $30 million last year, and five raised more than $70 million in venture capital.

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Q4 2018 I-270 Lab Market Report

The extremely active lab real estate market is a bell-weather for the upcoming hyper-competitive talent market. Based on the recent real estate transactions and related hiring forecasts, we estimate the range of new positions in the Maryland life sciences market to be between 1,150 to 2,300 new hires in 2019.

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Infographic: Visualizing the Future of the Pharma Market

By 2050, there will be two billion people that are 60 years or older globally. Meanwhile, the amount of seniors (65+ years old) in the U.S. will double to 100 million by 2060.

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MdBio Foundation changes name to Learning Undefeated amid national expansion - Baltimore

In a move to reflect the reach into more states it has gained in recent years, MdBio Foundation unveiled a rebrand as Learning Undefeated on Tuesday.

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FITCI is a incubator and accelerator for science and technology-based business.

Community members gathered Wednesday night at Hood College’s Hodson Auditorium to celebrate Frederick Innovative Technology Center Inc.’s 15th anniversary.

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VitusVet, eying growth, hires OrderUp cofounder as COO - Baltimore

Like a lot of medical practices, veterinarians seek to send patients a message when they’re due for a check-up, schedule appointments and keep track of medical records. Yet Marc Olcott sees a lot of those tasks still happening by phone or on paper, and thinks it should all be available digitally.

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Here are this year's 20 most promising startups in Baltimore: realLIST 2019 - Baltimore

For the people looking to move within a thriving tech community, it’s important to be able to easily call upon the key players.

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Equity Crowdfunding for Biotech Startups: Does it Work?

In the last decade, crowdfunding has become a popular way to finance all sorts of projects and products. Biotech is no exception, but many question whether the high risk and long term nature of investing in the biotech industry makes it a good fit for equity crowdfunding.

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Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic Partners and CONNECTpreneur to Advance Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Press Release - Digital Journal

The premier investor network in the Mid-Atlantic has entered into a resource partnership. Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic and the CONNECTpreneur community have entered into an agreement that will advance innovation, entrepreneurship, and investment in the region.

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Lung Cancer May Be Sniffed Out Earlier with Graphene e-Nose

Lung cancer may not be the first thought that crosses the mind when talking about breathalyzer tests. But, what if lung cancer detection were as easy as breathing into a device? That is the goal of a group of researchers from the University of Exeter who have recently taken a new approach to e-nose technology integrated with multi-layered graphene for early detection of lung cancer.

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Accelerating Swiss innovations to market with strategic collaboration

Catalyze announces collaboration with Biopôle, providing dedicated services to members towards better access to non-dilutive funding opportunities.

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