Annapolis Junction cybersecurity firm buys Fractal Technology | Greenbelt cybersecurity training company snags $3.5M investment | OIG to audit HHS' cybersecurity capabilities
September 21, 2017
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Cybersecurity and Technology
Annapolis Junction cybersecurity firm buys Fractal Technology
Annapolis Junction-based cybersecurity company Sunayu has purchased Fractal Technology, a startup founded at Johns Hopkins University. Already in a partnership, Sunayu now plans to apply Fractal Technology capabilities to the cloud and has brought the company's co-founders onboard.
Technical.ly (9/12) 
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Greenbelt cybersecurity training company snags $3.5M investment
Cybrary, a Greenbelt, Md., startup that runs a cybersecurity training website, nabbed $3.5 million in a recent funding round led by Arthur Ventures. The financing will be used to develop new content and tools, while significantly ramping up new training course offerings.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Washington, D.C. (9/12) 
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Health IT
OIG to audit HHS' cybersecurity capabilities
The updated work plan from the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General includes an audit of HHS' cybersecurity and incident response capabilities, with the audit results to be released in 2018. "Increased threats to critical cyberbased infrastructure systems have created a need for government agencies to increase their computer security efforts," OIG officials say.
Healthcare IT News (9/19) 
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Smiths working to resolve cybersecurity issues with Medfusion pumps
Smiths Medical said it has not received reports of hacking involving its Medfusion 4000 drug infusion pumps that, according to a Department of Homeland Security advisory, contain cybervulnerabilities, but the company has already recommended immediate actions for the secure use of the devices. The company is looking to release new software for versions 1.1, 1.5 and 1.6 of the pumps in January and is resolving the issue in collaboration with the DHS and the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team.
Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (9/18) 
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Vaccine and Immunotherapeutics
US Army, PATH begin clinical trial of Rockville-based GSK vaccine
US Army, PATH begin clinical trial of Rockville-based GSK vaccine
(Emilie Sommer/AFP/Getty Images)
The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, Md., and PATH's Malaria Vaccine Initiative have started vaccinations in a clinical trial to determine if certain regimen modifications to Rockville-based GlaxoSmithKline's Mosquirix will improve protections for infants.
FiercePharma (9/11) 
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GSK's shingles vaccine gets positive opinion from FDA panel
GlaxoSmithKline said an FDA panel voted unanimously in favor of its Shingrix shingles vaccine for adults ages 50 years and older. The safety and efficacy study showed that the drug demonstrated greater protection against shingles in patients versus Zostavax, the only currently approved shingles vaccine, and that Shingrix remained about 90% effective in people older than 70 years over time, while Zostavax's efficacy slips.
Reuters (9/13) 
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Biotech and Life Science
Gaithersburg's Emergent BioSolutions receives $63M federal drug contract
Gaithersburg-based Emergent BioSolutions has received a $63 million federal contract to manufacture the first antidote spray for combating cyanide poisoning. The intranasal spray device will provide a one-shot drug dose that will be used by first responders and medical staff.
Homeland Preparedness News (9/19) 
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FDA prepares to staff digital health unit
The FDA has begun the process to fill 13 positions in its digital health unit that was created as part of the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017. "Our plan is to build a cadre of experts with a deep understanding and experience with software development and its application to medical devices" to work with compliance officers, reviewers and other FDA staff "to improve the quality, predictability, consistency, timeliness, and efficiency of decision making on individual products and firms," said Bakul Patel of the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health.
FierceHealthcare (9/11) 
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Government Affairs
Md. legislators want to boost online balloting system security
The Maryland Board of Elections, which last year voted to certify a new statewide online balloting system, told the General Assembly that state lawmakers must approve the actual security changes.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (9/13) 
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Talent and Capital
IT, cybersecurity talent sought for US government jobs
IT, cybersecurity talent sought for US government jobs
(Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
Recruiters from multiple federal agencies and departments, including the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency, will be looking for IT and cybersecurity specialists during a hiring fair Nov. 6-7 in Silver Spring, Md.
The Hill (9/14),  Federal News Radio (9/18) 
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