Maryland is partnering with the UK in cybersecurity, recently establishing a London-based office to target cybersecurity investment for the state. The office is being funded by a state Commerce Department grant to the state's new iCyberCenter, a startup program that also aims to bring more international companies to Maryland.
Annapolis Junction-based Praxis Engineering Technologies is being purchased by government IT services firm CSRA of Falls Church, Va. The $235 million transaction extends CSRA's footprint into government intelligence work.
A bill that would create a public-private stakeholder partnership among the FDA, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, academia and the medtech industry to establish cybersecurity guidelines and standards for medical devices was introduced in the House of Representatives. Zach Rothstein, associate vice president of technology and regulatory affairs at AdvaMed, said cybersecurity threat management is a shared responsibility, and "having stakeholders work together on these important issues will continue to build on the collaborative work that has already been accomplished."
In this article, Immunomic Therapeutics' Athanasia Anagnostou discusses the vaccine research and development industry in Maryland. The state boasts one-fifth of the top vaccine companies in the world, with hundreds of researchers flocking there for studies and development work.
CDC researchers found that overall incidence of invasive pneumococcal disease dropped after the introduction of the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in 2010, with the rates of IPD tied to vaccine serotypes and IPD for all serotypes among children decreasing by 87% and 61%, respectively, from 2007 to 2016. However, the findings, presented at IDWeek 2017, showed that incidence declines have leveled off, and there was "no measurable early impact" associated with recommendations issued in 2014 that called for seniors to be vaccinated.
Participants in a recent FDA Patient Engagement Advisory Committee meeting discussed barriers to increasing patient engagement in medical device clinical trials. Ideas for overcoming common barriers included creating a framework to improve public understanding of the clinical trial process, using plain language in clinical trial descriptions and consent forms, improving sponsors' engagement with community institutions and designing trials to be less burdensome for participants.
The Maryland Office of Homeland Security must seek expertise from the US government, private sector, academics and other state agencies to develop and submit an updated state cybersecurity plan that ensures that critical statewide protections are in place, per an executive order issued by Gov. Larry Hogan.
The future of the state's burgeoning life sciences and medical technology environment could be composed of startups that result from companies led by a hybrid skilled CEO and an innovative researcher or scientist, industry experts said during a University of Maryland School of Pharmacy roundtable.
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