Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will join eight other governors at the Paris Air Show this month, then travel to London to meet with cybersecurity executives, the state Commerce Department announced. Hogan will emphasize the message that Maryland is seeking economic opportunities through partnerships with international companies.
Maryland has designated the research and technology park at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, as an enterprise zone, which will help businesses at the park qualify for tax credits. UMBC plans to spend up to $20 million building 100,000 square feet of space at the park to rent out to technology companies.
Sonavex, a Baltimore-based startup that focuses on ultrasound technology, says it has raised $3 million in venture capital. Sonavex last year was named incubator company of the year by a consortium that includes the state Department of Commerce.
The compliance date for unique device identifier requirements for Class I and unclassified medical devices has been extended by the FDA from Sept. 24, 2018, to Sept. 24, 2020, and for direct mark requirements from Sept. 24, 2020, to Sept. 24, 2022. The extensions were made in response to industry concerns about meeting compliance dates, as well as to resolve issues regarding higher-risk devices before lower-risk devices are added to the UDI system.
The FDA has given Eko Devices 510(k) clearance for its Eko DUO smart heart monitor, a combination portable one-lead electrocardiogram and digital stethoscope designed for use as a prescription-only screening tool for at-home monitoring. The device, which works with a companion app and comes with a live-streaming service for remote monitoring and telemedicine, could aid in detecting heart abnormalities and assessing the impact of medications on cardiac conditions.
The Department of Homeland Security is preparing to close three national laboratories, including two in Maryland, and eliminate funding for a half-dozen university centers of excellence in anticipation of budget cuts. President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget, though not yet approved, recommends $144 million in cuts to research programs -- about 18% of the department's budget.
The Department of Health and Human Services' Healthcare Cybersecurity Communications Integration Center will open and have "initial operational capability" this month, says Leo Scanlon, HHS' deputy chief information security officer. The center will analyze and distribute cyberthreat information across the health care sector.
Bowie State University officials anticipate that the new 149,000-square-foot Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Nursing will help the university reach its goal of increasing minority representation in science, technology, education and math. The $102 million building, dedicated this month at the university's Prince George's County site, includes labs, classrooms, nursing simulation areas and a greenhouse.
The Maryland Tech Council to form golf committee for 2017 tournament
The Maryland Tech Council is forming a small golf committee to organize our fall 2017 golf tournament. Committee commitment includes securing sponsors, foursomes and helping with the overall event logistics. Contact Wendy Worm at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating.
How small the vastest of human catastrophes may seem at a distance of a few million miles.
H.G. Wells, writer
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