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November 16, 2017
TCM SmartBrief
Cybersecurity and Technology
Md. creates virtual platform to help students explore cybersecurity
Maryland has launched a virtual platform that enables students to simulate the experience of shadowing the director of cyberthreats at the National Security Agency. The platform, designed to help students explore cybersecurity careers, will be available until Feb. 28.
The Baltimore Sun (11/6) 
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Officials break ground on Md. cybersecurity facility
Maryland officials recently held a ceremony to break ground on the First Air National Guard facility at Fort Meade, which will support the state's cybersecurity operations. The building is scheduled to be completed by the end of next year.
WJZ-TV (Baltimore) (11/2) 
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Health IT
Military 3D-printing center aids injured veterans
The 3D Medical Applications Center, or 3DMAC, at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., is developing customized assistive devices for injured veterans. Among them are "shorty" feet that allow amputees to move around without donning a full prosthetic leg, as well as a hand that holds a fishing rod and prosthetic feet on which ice skates can be tightly fitted.
3DPrint (11/6) 
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Panel: Telehealth holds promise in value-based care models
Telehealth through video consults fits well with value-based care models, but there is a lag in network connectivity among primary care physicians, subspecialists and hospitals, panelists said at a Capitol Hill forum hosted by the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care. Family physician Wally Adamson, M.D., said telehealth can expand access to care and provide a lower-cost option for patients who have high insurance deductibles.
AAFP News (11/13) 
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Biotech and Life Science
Upcoming UMMC building will provide care for chronic illness
The University of Maryland Medical Center has begun construction on a $116 million building that will focus on treating patients with chronic illness. The building is expected to open in 2020.
WBFF-TV (Baltimore)/The Associated Press (11/2) 
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First drug with digital ingestion tracking system gains FDA approval
Otsuka Pharmaceutical's Abilify MyCite, an aripiprazole tablet with an embedded digital ingestion tracking system, has been approved by the FDA as treatment for schizophrenia and bipolar I disorder-related manic and mixed episodes, and as an add-on treatment for depression in adults. The pill uses digital tracking to record whether patients took the medication, sending information to a wearable patch that transmits data to an app, allowing patients, clinicians and caregivers to view the information.
Reuters (11/13),  CNET (11/13) 
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Government Affairs
Hogan floats computer science education initiatives
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan reportedly plans to propose legislation during the next General Assembly session aimed at established standards for computer science education. Hogan said he will be gathering information from school officials and business leaders over the next several months.
The Baltimore Sun (11/2) 
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Talent and Capital
Lawmakers consider future of STEM jobs
Lawmakers consider future of STEM jobs
Industry leaders encouraged US lawmakers to invest more in blue-collar jobs in science, technology, engineering and math fields during a briefing on the topic held by the Congressional Black Caucus. US Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., said some of these jobs are being threatened by automation.
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education (11/7) 
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Many US STEM grad students come from other countries
International students made up 64% of those pursuing a doctorate in 2016 in science, technology, engineering and math fields such as computer science and nearly 68% of those in STEM master's programs, according to an annual survey of US and Canadian universities. Some say the disparity may be attributable to a perception by US students that a graduate degree is not needed to land more technical jobs.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (11/3) 
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MTC News
November 29, 2017: Opioid Epidemic -- State of Emergency
Nora D. Volkow, M.D., Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health (NIH) will kick off our new Innovation Speaker Series. Dr. Volkow will discuss the current state of the opioid crisis nationally and locally at Shady Grove from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Dr. Volkow's talk comes on the heels of the White House's recent announcement declaring the opioid crisis a public health emergency. The signed presidential memorandum ordered the Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services to declare a national public health emergency and instruct all federal agencies to use any emergency authorities available to reduce the number of overdose deaths due to opioid use. Register and learn more here.
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December 7, 2017: Black & White Affair
Join us as we celebrate the holidays at our Black & White Affair! The evening will feature gourmet appetizers, music, unique silent auction items and cocktails. Meet and mingle with the life science and technology communities, bid on incredible silent auction items (just in time for the holidays) and receive free slot play at the beautiful Horseshoe Casino! *Proceeds will help fund internships in Maryland. Register and learn more here.
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Welcome New Members!
The Maryland Tech Council is welcoming new members! All memberships are corporate and all employees receive full membership benefits.

The new members since November 1st:
Akonni Biosystems, Inc.
Antibody Biopharm, Inc.
Capital Edge Consulting
Ed Coleman
Healable, Inc.
Knight Sky, LLC
PathoVax LLC

Register and let's meet at the next MTC Member Orientation, January 18, 2018!
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The Maryland Tech Council (MTC) is a collaborative community that is actively engaged in building strong technology and life science industries by supporting the efforts of our individual members. MTC is the largest technology and life science trade association in the state of Maryland providing value to members by giving them a forum to learn, share, and connect. MTC is also the only technology council in Maryland with a full-time presence in Annapolis working year round representing its members' interest and seeks to influence policymakers on issues such as tech, life science, economic development, capital formation, higher education, transportation, workforce, tax climate, and more.

In addition, members of MTC are provided with educational programming taught by industry leaders with a focus on key topics and a variety of opportunities to participate in both large and small events. Members also have access to our Cost Savings Program where they can choose from our list of reputable companies that provide discounts for business services.
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