RICHMOND, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Qnovia, Inc., a pharma company developing inhaled therapeutics across a variety of indication areas, today announced it has entered into a drug development collaboration with the University of Virginia (UVA) to advance novel inhaled-drug candidates for treating bacterial infections in the lungs. Qnovia will work with UVA School of Medicine investigators Dr. Molly Hughes and Dr. Matthew Crawford to combine Qnovia’s RespiRxTM inhaled drug delivery platform and UVA’s proprietary portfolio of antimicrobial peptides to kill antibiotic-resistant and biodefense bacteria that can cause life-threatening infections. As a result of this agreement, Qnovia will add two new assets to its development pipeline: QN-05 for the treatment of pneumonia and QN-06 for the treatment of pulmonary infection for individuals exposed to the biodefense agent B. anthracis, the causative agent of anthrax.


FDA Clears Rise Therapeutics' IND Application to Initiate a Phase 1 Clinical Study of Its Novel Oral Immunotherapy for the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis

ROCKVILLE, Md., Oct. 19, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Rise Therapeutics a biotechnology company engaged in developing novel oral immunotherapeutics, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted its investigational new drug (IND) application to proceed with a rheumatoid arthritis Phase 1 clinical trial for its program candidate, R-2487. This is Rise Therapeutics' second clinical program developed using synthetic biology and its proprietary oral biologics delivery platform.

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Are you interested in exploring cutting-edge autoimmune medicines? In this episode of BioTalk with Rich Bendis, we're delving deep into the world of transformative therapies with two remarkable guests, Dr. Chris Chapman and Dr. Adam Kaplin, from MyMD Pharmaceuticals. MyMD Pharmaceuticals is on a mission to make that a reality. Their lead clinical candidate, MYMD-1®, has the potential to reshape the entire field. But how does MYMD-1 work, and what sets it apart from current treatments? Join us as we unravel the science behind this revolutionary therapy and explore the potential indications and patient populations it could benefit. And that's not all. We also spotlight Supera-CBD, a novel synthetic cannabidiol with incredible potency and anti-inflammatory effects. How could this innovation change the landscape of chronic pain and anxiety management? Don't miss this episode of BioTalk with Rich Bendis as we embark on a journey into the future of autoimmune medicine with MyMD Pharmaceuticals. Tune in now and be part of the conversation.

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Ascentage Pharma and AstraZeneca Enter into Clinical Collaboration on the Registrational Phase III Study of Bcl-2 Inhibitor Lisaftoclax in Combination with BTK Inhibitor Acalabrutinib in Treatment-Naïve Patients with First-Line CLL/SLL

SUZHOU, China, and ROCKVILLE, Md.Oct. 15, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Ascentage Pharma (6855.HK), a global biopharmaceutical company engaged in developing novel therapies for cancer, chronic hepatitis B (CHB), and age-related diseases, announced today that it has entered into a clinical collaboration with AstraZeneca Investment (China) Co., Ltd. (or "AstraZeneca"). The two companies will jointly conduct a registrational Phase III study of the Bcl-2 inhibitor, APG-2575 (lisaftoclax), in combination with AstraZeneca's Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor, CALQUENCE® (acalabrutinib), in treatment-naive patients with first-line chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL/SLL).


The Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) program announced that it is providing matching grants for 17 technology product development projects in Maryland.

Each project pairs University System of Maryland faculty members with Maryland-based companies to develop new technology products or processes. Projects are jointly funded by both MIPS and participating companies. All funding goes to the university research.


Published: 10/10/2023

​ANNAPOLIS, MD — Governor Wes Moore today visited the University of Maryland BioPark for a discussion and tour focused on biotechnology, innovation and economic development. Governor Moore was joined by University of Maryland Baltimore President Bruce E. Jarrell, M.D., F.A.C.S.; Biotechnology Innovation Organization Chief Executive Officer Rachel King; and numerous biotech and life sciences industry leaders to discuss opportunities for collaboration and promoting the innovation economy in Maryland.

“BioPark isn’t just a hub for discovering new, breakthrough treatments and cures–it’s also a key piece of our state’s economic engine,” said Gov. Moore. “The biotech industry contributes $20 billion to our state’s economy each year, and average annual life sciences incomes are significantly higher than other industries in Maryland. The biotech sector is going to create jobs, drive growth, and build an economy fit for the 21st century.” 


With an increasing number of U.S. biopharmaceutical firms feeling the financial constraints imposed by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and subsequently shutting down or suspending their research programs in the rare disease domain, hundreds of millions of patients in both the U.S. and India face the grim prospect of not receiving a breakthrough treatment for their condition within their lifetimes. IndoUSrare, a US-based nonprofit committed to stanching rare diseases, launches the inaugural Bridging RARE conference to forge a path for affordable clinical innovation via strengthened Indo-US collaborations and more inclusive clinical trials for minimizing the devastating health consequences arising from this policy shift.

(HERNDON, Va.) October 10, 2023: Rare diseases, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), refer to some 10,867 medically significant conditions, each with a prevalence of one or less per 1,000 individuals. With only about 8% of them being treatable,1 rare diseases include congenital malformations, autoimmune disorders, lysosomal storage disorders, thalassemia, muscular dystrophies, and infrequent forms of cancer and infections. Despite substantial progress during the 40 years since the enactment of the Orphan Drug Act of 1983, which incentivized the U.S. private sector to develop 1,100 FDA-approved orphan treatments,2 the global thrust against rare diseases is on the verge of losing steam.


Imagine a world where unhealthy organs are replaced with transplants constructed with a 3D printer using the patient’s own cells. No more agonizing waits and desperate searches for a suitable donor organ, and, because the printed organs use cells from the patients themselves, no more fear of organ rejection. It might sound like science fiction set in the far off future, but thanks to the pioneering work of United Therapeutics , it may become a reality a lot sooner than you think, and it’s happening here in Maryland.

Co-headquartered in Silver Spring, United Therapeutics was founded in 1996 by Dr. Martine Rothblatt, a mom who wanted to save her 7 year-old daughter Jenesis who’d been diagnosed with a rare and serious disease called pulmonary arterial hypertension. Twenty seven years later, Jenesis has defied the odds and works at the company her mother founded to save her life.


Alex Philippidis, Senior Business Editor of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News, for the 4th consecutive year, attended the 9th Annual BioHealth Capital Region Forum, presenting his expert insights into the “Top 10 U.S. BioPharma Clusters, 2023,” providing a detailed analysis and overview of the current state and future prospects of the BioPharma industry.

In his presentation, Alex highlighted the following:

Technological Innovations in BioPharma: Highlighting the increasing influence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in BioPharma, Alex explored how these technological advancements are critically shaping research, development, and operational processes within the sector.


In the 9th Annual BioHealth Capital Region Forum, Pete Briskman, Executive Managing Director and Co-Lead for the Mid-Atlantic Life Sciences Practice, offered a thorough update on the BioHealth Capital Region (BHCR) and its significant strides in the life sciences sector.

BHCR’s Noteworthy Achievements:

  • Securing the #3 rank among Life Science Clusters.
  • Leading the nation in the number of biotechnology patents.
  • Holding a prominent third position in total NIH grant funding.
  • Establishing itself robustly as the third-largest science cluster.



Advances Amgen's Mission to Serve Patients With First-in-Class Rare Disease Medicines

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.Oct. 6, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Horizon Therapeutics plc for $116.50 per share in cash, representing a transaction equity value of approximately $27.8 billion.

"Today marks an exciting milestone as we welcome Horizon employees to Amgen and begin working together to serve even more patients around the world suffering from serious illnesses," said Robert A. Bradway, Amgen's chairman and chief executive officer. "We have strong momentum in our core business and the addition of Horizon will further position Amgen as a leader across a broader range of diseases."


In a year that underscored “Global Breakthroughs for a Healthier Future,” Rich Bendis, President and CEO of BioHealth Innovation Inc (BHI), extended a heartfelt welcome to attendees, marking the 9th consecutive year of the Annual BioHealth Capital Region Forum.

Take a moment to reflect on Rich’s thorough review of the region’s transformative journey from its inception to its present-day stature, proudly holding a #3 ranking in the GEN Top 10 BioPharma Clusters in the United States. This achievement is a testament to its prowess in NIH Funding, Venture Capital Funding, Patents, Lab Space, and Jobs.

Rich highlighted the global impact of the term “BioHealth,” which has become more woven into the fabric of health discussions and innovations over nearly a decade.


Projects will broaden opportunities for traditionally underrepresented students in STEM

In a historic first for Montgomery College (MC), three different teams of faculty and administrators have won grant awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) totaling over $3.24 million. The grants include EmpowerED: Building the Future Workforce Together, part of the new Enabling Partnerships of Increase Innovation Capacity (EPIIC) program; Beginnings: Democratizing Research and Experiential Education for Microelectronics (DREEM), part of the new Experiential Learning for Emerging and Novel Technologies (ExLENT) program; and AUSEM: Achieving Upward Socio-Economic Mobility, part of the competitive Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program. Each project begins this month, and will expand opportunities for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields.


ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND, October 5, 2023 – BioHealth Innovation, Inc. (BHI) is proud to announce a pivotal agreement with the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) to provide Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIRs) in support of ARPA-H's mission. This collaboration aims to bolster the development and commercialization of transformative health solutions.

Under the agreement, BHI's EIRs will offer strategic guidance to ARPA-H Program Managers (PMs) in areas including technology development, intellectual property, and small business needs. They will assist in the development and execution of programs, evaluate partnership opportunities with government biomedical and health research agencies, and leverage industry associations to support funded performers.


Welldoc’s industry-leading holistic platform now incorporates AI-driven digital coaching and features specifically designed to support individuals throughout the complex journey of weight management

COLUMBIA, Md., October 4, 2023 — Welldoc®, a digital health leader revolutionizing chronic care, today announced the expansion of its platform to support weight management. Welldoc’s comprehensive chronic care platform now provides multi-condition support across prediabetes, diabetes, hypertension, heart failure and weight management, along with integrated mental wellbeing and sleep apnea support. Welldoc’s weight management solution is currently available to all customers and will be launching in early 2024 with two of the leading health care companies in the U.S.

Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese, which increases their risk of developing chronic comorbid conditions like type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart failure, and sleep apnea.  As part of Welldoc’s total health approach to chronic care, AI-driven, personalized digital coaching is available 24/7 to help individuals navigate weight management whether they are just beginning their weight management journey with lifestyle changes or are prescribed a GLP-1 medication. Welldoc enables individuals to understand and connect with their health data in a meaningful way, making the achievement of weight and overall health goals more attainable. Welldoc also provides clinical escalations and decision support for the care team when needed.