Harford Community College is providing cybersecurity students with hands-on learning experiences through the institution's newly opened Cybersecurity Labs. The spaces will allow students studying cybersecurity and information technology programs to apply what they've learned in the classroom to live attacks on "virtual machines."
Johns Hopkins University has opened the FastForward 1812 technology incubation hub to keep startups in Baltimore. The hub is part of the university's $65 million expansion project, which has resulted in launching or retaining tech startups including Sonavex, Personal Genome Diagnostics and Protenus.
Abbott Laboratories has secured an $11.3 million contract from the Department of Defense for the development of a traumatic brain injury test in partnership with the Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity. The contract, which is expected to be completed Oct. 23, 2019, builds on the company's ongoing projects with the department aimed at developing clinical tests that can be used with mobile devices.
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has announced a $24 million medical center that will treat infectious diseases including HIV, AIDS and diseases contracted after transplant surgery. The John G. Bartlett Specialty Practice will employ about 70 providers and expects to have approximately 170 patients per day.
The FDA is developing guidance meant to encourage sponsors of clinical trials for cancer treatments to enroll a more-representative population of participants, including children and people with HIV, say Richard Pazdur, director of the FDA's Oncology Center of Excellence, and Julia Ann Beaver, associate director of the FDA's Office of Hematology and Oncology Products. The FDA is working with stakeholders including Friends of Cancer Research and the American Society of Clinical Oncology to develop the guidelines, Beaver said.
Midissia Therapeutics will be working with Immunomic Therapeutics to research and experiment with cancer vaccines. Midissia's team will be heading to Immunomic's Rockville, Md., headquarters next month to begin early-stage experimentation.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing Tuesday, during which the panel discussed four medical device-related bills that may be included in the user fee reauthorization package, including measures that would allow over-the-counter sale of hearing aids, add flexibility to standards governing new indications for contrast imaging and make changes to the FDA's device inspection processes. Patricia Shrader, vice president of global regulatory affairs at Medtronic, spoke on behalf of AdvaMed and expressed support for a bill that would require FDA registration by third-party device servicers.
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