U. of Md. Baltimore County enterprise zone expected to help tech companies | Baltimore medical-device startup raises $3M | FDA extends UDI compliance dates for Class I, unclassified devices
June 15, 2017
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Cybersecurity and Technology
Hogan headed overseas on economic development trip
Hogan approves jobs bill, celebrates spirit of compromise
Hogan (Larry French/Getty Images)
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.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (6/2),  The Baltimore Sun (6/2) 
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U. of Md. Baltimore County enterprise zone expected to help tech 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.
The Baltimore Sun (6/5),  Technical.ly (6/7) 
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Health IT
Baltimore medical-device startup raises $3M
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.
MedGadget (6/12) 
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FDA extends UDI compliance dates for Class I, unclassified devices
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.
Regulatory Focus (6/5) 
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Vaccine and Immunotherapeutics
Md. researchers receive $6M to develop hepatitis C vaccine
The National Institutes of Health has awarded $6 million to the University of Maryland to develop a hepatitis C vaccine. Researchers are looking to create the vaccine using structure-based design.
FiercePharma (6/13),  The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Baltimore (6/12) 
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Biotech and Life Science
Eko's smart heart monitor-stethoscope combo wins FDA clearance
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.
MobiHealthNews (6/7),  MedCity News (6/7) 
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2 Md. DHS laboratories to be closed in anticipation of budget cuts
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.
CyberScoop (6/2) 
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Government Affairs
HHS cybersecurity communication center nears debut
HHS to open cybersecurity communications center by end of June
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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.
FierceHealthcare (6/9) 
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Talent and Capital
Science, math and nursing building dedicated at Bowie State U.
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.
BisNow (6/9) 
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MTC News
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 wendy@mdtechcouncil.com if you are interested in participating.
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