The Capital Beltway, comprising Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia, has 350% more cyberengineers and analysts than the rest of the country combined, and though it trails Silicon Valley in number of tech companies, a number of startups and tech-product-centered companies are setting up business in the area. Maryland-based company DataTribe is focusing on providing office space, capital and other assistance to startups to lure them to the area.
Baltimore Cyber Range, a new training center, opened last week and will provide cybersecurity simulation training for protecting national assets and infrastructure. "The range generates a complete virtual enterprise environment," said Mike Doyle, the center's president.
A PwC Health Research Institute analysis found the medical device sector led health care in mergers and acquisitions activity during the second quarter with 18 deals valued at $37.4 billion. The sector's M&A activity is expected to remain strong as companies aim to expand their portfolios, according to PwC analysts.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has awarded a five-year, $6.6 million grant to a collaborative effort between Integrated BioTherapeutics and The Scripps Research Institute to develop a vaccine that will be effective against all ebolaviruses. The researchers will use the EBOV glycoprotein as the basis for designing its pan-Ebolavirus vaccine candidates.
Maryland and Washington D.C.-based MedStar Health is working with oncology research firm Indivumed to further cancer research. The partnership will enable MedStar to boost its analysis cancer biospecimens and related clinical data.
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has advanced a bill to expand the National Science Foundation's CyberCorps: Scholarships for Service program, which supports students studying cybersecurity and helps them find positions in the government after graduation. The bill would allow participation of part-time students and would provide scholarships for students and veterans at community colleges.
The Potomac Highlands Airport Authority in Maryland has voted to move forward with a study to determine the feasibility of creating an autonomous technology testing center at West Virginia's Greater Cumberland Regional Airport. The site would be used to test technology including drones and cybersecurity.
Hood College in Frederick has received state approval to offer a cybersecurity master's degree program. The Maryland Higher Education Commission authorized the 30-credit program, which will be offered this fall to both technical and nontechnical students.
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