Epigenomics AG (Frankfurt Prime Standard: ECX), the German-American cancer molecular diagnostics company, a Shady Grove Innovation Center company, today announced top-line results from a head-to-head comparative study between its blood-based colorectal cancer (CRC) detection test Epi proColon® and fecal immunochemical testing (FIT) to demonstrate the non-inferiority of Epi proColon® in detection of CRC. Read full press release.
Two of our companies have made the 2012 Inc. 500 list! E-SAC (Rockville Innovation Center) and Special Operations Solutions (Silver Spring Innovation Center) are recognized by Inc. as being among the fastest-growing private companies in America.
Rockville Innovation Center tenant MobileNow! has expanded its innovative cashless payment services for parking to California. Starting next week, all of the metered parking at Riverside City, Moreno Valley, and Norco colleges will begin offering an optional cell phone payment method with the ParkNow! system. To learn more visit MobileNow! website.
Kinetic Analysis Corporation (KAC), a Silver Spring Innovation Center company specializes in estimating the impact of natural and man-made hazards on the built environment and the economy for clients in engineering, land development, and risk management. KAC’s real time impact forecasting for tropical cyclone early warning was used to track Hurricane Irene from the Caribbean up through Canada. KAC director of R&D Chuck Watson did several radio, print and TV news interviews about Irene’s track and potential impact, including ones on Bloomberg News, CNBC, Fox News, and C-Span. The company also provides systematic risk assessment for cost-effective risk management.
Shady Grove Innovation Center (SGIC) company Neogenix Oncology, Inc. graduated from the Montgomery County Business Innovation Network this week and has leased over 10,000 square feet of space at 15010 Broschart Road in Rockville. Neogenix started growing its cancer therapeutics company at the SGIC in 2004 with one small lab and an office. In 2010 the company was named “Emerging Company of the Year” by the Tech Council of Maryland. Neogenix has been nurtured and supported in the SGIC from the very start,” said Dr. Philip Arlen, CEO of Neogenix. “We are grateful for the leadership and vision of County leaders to support programs like the Business Innovation Network and the resources it provides make it possible for companies like Neogenix to bring new healthcare technology to the market, create jobs and make an impact to the lives of patients.”
All types and stages of companies are invited to apply for The Angel Venture Forum. The Angel Venture Forum is a group of angel investors, leaders, entrepreneurs, and start-up professionals with a shared vision to encourage the growth of emerging business. The mission of AVF is to discover and develop strong companies and to connect them with resources – financial and experiential – provided by angel investors, mentors and resources that will assist companies to be more successful in the attraction of capital and positive exits. To learn more and apply visit http://www.angelventureforum.com. Selected companies – approximately 30 – will be invited to present at The Angel Venture Forum – on October 18, 2011 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
The 2011 Maryland Incubator Company of the Year Awards publicly recognizes achievements by current clients and graduates of Maryland incubators and provides a forum for the nominees to increase their visibility in the business, technology and investment communities. To see the list of this year’s winners please visit Maryland TEDCO website and check out pictures of the awards event.
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett joined with local and state representatives and members of the County’s life sciences and real estate communities to celebrate the official opening of Noble Life Sciences’ new 6,000-square-foot office and laboratory facility at 22 Firstfield Road in Gaithersburg. Noble is expanding beyond its original office space in the County’s Shady Grove Innovation Center to better serve clients of its preclinical research services in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Read more.
Montgomery County now has 5,250 parking meters in Bethesda where cell phones can be used to pay for parking. By this summer, the program will be expanded to include meters in Silver Spring, Wheaton, Montgomery Hills and North Bethesda – for a total of 11,000 pay-by-cell parking meters throughout the County. MobileNOW! LLC, located in the County’s Rockville Innovation Center, is the County’s contractor for the pay-by-cell program, which has added benefits to users including text message reminders when parking time is about to expire and the ability to extend parking time remotely, stop a parking session upon returning to a vehicle and view transactions online. Reed more.
Automated Control Concepts, Inc (ACC), a systems integrator specializing in process and information solutions, has located its regional headquarters at the County’s Shady Grove Innovation Center in Rockville. “Our new office will allow us to enhance support to our existing customer base in the area and the presence of so many life science firms, the availability of a highly skilled workforce, and our previous successes made Montgomery County and its Innovation Network very attractive to us,” said Michael Blechman, President of ACC. ACC has implemented several significant automation and electronic data collection projects for local biotech and utility customers. Read more.
BRAC Business Initiative (BBI) has created a BBI Match Up database to match Ft. Meade defense agencies and contractors with local small businesses that meet their needs. Companies interested in contracting opportunities at Ft. Meade should register at www.bbimatch-up.com . Registered companies will have access to their own accounts for updates. BBI staff and select program volunteers will have access to the data in order to process the information and fulfill the needs of the agencies/contractors that are looking for small businesses. Please visit program website for more information.
Rockville Innovation Center company AWLAN has partnered with UK-based Nomad Digital, Ltd. to bring an on-board train Wi-Fi staging and kitting facility to Rockville that will generate 10-15 jobs over the next few years as Nomad staff relocate to Montgomery County to support several North American Wi-Fi contracts. Read press release here.
The first company admitted to the County’s Germantown Innovation Center, Expertech Solutions is a strategy, innovation and systems engineering company specializing in the transformation of public and private sector enterprises. The company’s commitment to excellence, integrity and teamwork along with its customer focus and client accessibility have made it, and its owner, president and chief scientist, Charles Vela, one of the county’s and region’s great success stories. See the recent Washington Post article.
Take advantage of DED’s new Export Counseling service to learn about federal resources and programs for companies selling or seeking to sell products and services overseas. Get advice on: identifying qualified foreign buyers or distributors for your product; obtaining due diligence reports on prospective foreign partners; obtaining industry/country specific market reports prepared by the Commerce Department’s overseas commercial specialists… and much more! County companies can sign up to meet one-on-one in DED’s Rockville Office with a Senior International Trade Specialist from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Export Assistance Center (USEAC) on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Now accepting reservations for the December 14th, January 11th, and February 8th sessions. To RSVP or for more info contact Adrienne Van Lare or call 240-777-2036.
On November 3, 2010 Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius joined with NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins today to announce the recipients of the $1 billion in new therapeutic discovery project credits and grants created by the Affordable Care Act. This program will help nearly 3,000 small biotechnology companies in nearly every state in the country produce new and cost-saving therapies, support good jobs and increase U.S. competitiveness. For the comlete text of the press release please visit U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website.
Shady Grove Innovation Center tenant Seegene raised $16.6 million in an IPO on KOSDAQ (Korea Securities Dealers Automated Quotations) giving the company a market capitalization of $167 million. Seegene plans to invest the new capital in expanding its international market presence, with an emphasis on the United States and Japan, where it is seeking regulatory approval for its portfolio of multiplex diagnostic PCR tests.
Business-Community Synergies has been named one of the top minority-owned companies in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C. The Center for Business Inclusion and Diversity, which created the award, received 5000 nominations through chambers of commerce, professional organizations, businesses and the general public in these 5 states. The winners were judged on their CEO, their vision and their community service.
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett today joined with Montgomery County Department of Economic Development Director Steve Silverman, partner representatives from the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC), Johns Hopkins University, National Institutes of Health, and Montgomery College, as well as local and state elected officials and other guests from the business community, to officially launch the County’s new Gateway to Innovation: Welcome Center for Federal and Academic Technology Transfer, housed at the Shady Grove Innovation Center in Rockville. Leggett also unveiled the County’s new Strategic Plan for Technology Transfer and Commercialization (T² Plan), of which the creation of the Welcome Center was a key objective. Read Full Press Release.
Applied Wireless Local Area Network (AWLAN), a Rockville Innovation Center-based company focused on the research, design, installation and maintenance of wireless local area networks announced that it was awarded a $75,000 grant by The Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) under the Maryland Research Applied Science Consortium (MRASC). The funds were shared with Morgan State University and funded by The Applied Research Development Project (ARDP) through Fort Detrick in Maryland. AWLAN developed a prototype device that seamlessly tracks dismounted soldiers both indoors and outsides where Global Positioning Systems (GPS) systems fail due to signal sensitivity issues. Undergraduate students with Morgan State University School of Engineering performed the prototype testing. Likewise, AWLAN received a letter of support from the Communications-Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering Center (CERDEC), the Army Tactical Wireless Division in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.
InfraTrac, a virtual tenant at Silver Spring Innovation Center, has received a $100,000 Maryland Biotechnology Commercialization Award. InfraTrac’s anti-counterfeiting solutions arm manufacturs a powerful new weapon to protect patients and brand reputations from the dangers of fake and adulterated drugs. InfraTrac extends quality assurance safeguards beyond pedigree and packaging to the product itself. InfraTrac uses spectroscopy to detect and prevent counterfeiting, adulteration, and errors in high value formulated and regulated substances, including pharmaceuticals. The company is using the funds to set up two customer pilots for patient protection, one for detecting counterfeits in pharmaceutical products and one to prevent medication errors in hospitals.
Montgomery County Department of Economic Development is announcing a new collaboratively developed course, designed for scientists who are interested in a career path to become a CSO. Developed by Montgomery College, NIH’s Foundation for the Advancement of Education in Sciences, Human Workflows, and DED, this course will begin in January. Outstanding faculty and industry guest speakers will guide you through this concise, 36-hour series. The course will provide you with the tools, knowledge and skills needed to move up the career ladder from research into scientific management and leadership in the federal, academic, or commercial sectors.
Schedule: Saturdays, 9am – Noon
Classes start January 15, 2011
For More Info & Registration contact ScientificManagementTraining@montgomerycollege.edu
Located in the Silver Spring Innovation Center since November 2009, Root Orange has developed revolutionary, patent-pending domain-splitting technology that gives every small business access to the most powerful online marketing tool ever: a premium, generic domain name. Small businesses can lease that generic domain name they have always wanted for use in their local market. Root Orange has been recently featured in a Washington Post article .
Neogenix Oncology, Inc. (Neogenix), located in the Shady Grove Innovation Center is back in the spotlight for being named Emerging Company of the Year by the Tech Council of Maryland (TCM) during their 2010 Tech Awards held May 13! The Tech Awards recognize individuals and organizations for innovation, dedication and outstanding service to Maryland’s technology community. Johns Hopkins Hospital recently initiated a Phase I trial of Neogenix’s first therapeutic antibody, NPC-1C, in patients with late stage pancreatic or colorectal cancer.
Montgomery County Business Incubators Provide a Home for Fledgling Firms
The offices at 20271 Goldenrod Lane in Germantown never close. Late at night and throughout the weekend, employees can be found in the labs monitoring experiments and in the offices meeting with clients, working to survive another day.
The building here is one of five business incubators run by Montgomery County’s Department of Economic Development, and it is home to as many as 30 start-ups and fledgling businesses. Read more.
Germantown Innovation Center client CYNCZ is featured in today’s Technology Section of Washington posts’s Capital Business supplement. Read the entire article at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/06/AR2010050603274.html.
One of the Rockville Innovation Center’s newest companies, On the Marc Media is the brainchild of Marc Silverstein, the nationally known host of The Best Of on Food Network and Go Ahead, Make My Dinner on The Discovery Channel. His new Montgomery County-based company specializes in marketing and public relations, video production, news release writing and distribution, media training and crisis management. From authors to filmmakers to local doctors, On the Marc Media is getting results for their clients!
Shady Grove Innovation Center (SGIC) company Neuralstem, Inc. becomes the first U.S. biotech company to transplant stem cells directly into the spinal cord of a patient. In December of 2009 Neuralstem, Inc. (NYSE Amex: CUR) announced that its Phase I trial to treat Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) with its spinal cord stem cells has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. The trial, which was approved by the FDA in September, will take place at the Emory ALS Center, under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Glass M.D., Director of the Emory ALS Center, who will serve as the site Principal Investigator (PI).
G-MED North America is a subsidiary of the French company LNE G-MED. The company opened it’s North American office at Silver Spring Innovation Center in 2005 and graduated from the program in December of 2009.
PV Inova – Founded in 2005 in Brazil, and currently entering the U.S. market, PV INOVA has products and services targeted at public transportation systems, providing tracking and telecommunication solutions. The tracking activity provides bus companies the capability to manage routes and quickly respond to issues that may occur to a vehicle. It is a next-generation, custom designed, web-based (SaaS) trip management system for bus companies. It performs automated identification, diagnosis and resolution of routine issues that occur in the operation of bus fleets. www.pvinova.com.br.
Clark Concepts is a small graphic and web design firm with the marketing knowledge, vision, and experience you would expect from a large agency – but without the impersonal service or high cost. Clark Concepts provides professional corporate branding design and marketing services. It specializes in working with clients to help define their business, create an image, and provide strategies for effectively reaching their customers. www.clarkconcepts.com