Cybersecurity firm mergers kick off new year in Md. | Volk to lead new PSA Insurance cybersecurity unit | New CEO of Tenable says company will boost growth, stay in Columbia
January 12, 2017
TCM SmartBrief
Cybersecurity and Technology
Cybersecurity firm mergers kick off new year in Md.
Three Maryland cybersecurity firms were involved in recent mergers. Linthicum-based Enlighten IT Consulting was purchased by contractor MacAulay-Brown, while VOR Technologies, whose headquarters is in Hanover, acquired Columbia-based Sintel Group. (1/5) 
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Volk to lead new PSA Insurance cybersecurity unit
Baltimore's PSA Insurance & Financial Services will beef up its cybersecurity risk management services with the addition of Mike Volk. Volk is a seasoned technology trainer and has also provided cybersecurity services for the city of Baltimore.
Insurance Journal (1/4) 
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Guidance on cybersecurity management in medical devices issued by FDA
Guidance on cybersecurity management in medical devices issued by FDA
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The FDA has released final guidance outlining recommendations for identifying and addressing postmarket cybervulnerabilities in internet-connected medical devices, including insulin pumps, pacemakers, imaging systems and associated software. Device manufacturers are advised to develop programs aimed at facilitating reporting of new bugs by security researchers.
Reuters (12/27),  The Verge (12/27) 
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Vaccine and Immunotherapeutics
Cancer centers join call for HPV vaccine use
Two Baltimore-based cancer centers have joined more than 60 other top providers in backing new recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for use of the HPV vaccine. The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins support proposed guidelines to give the vaccine to children 11 or older.
The Baltimore Sun (1/11) 
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University scientists identify potential Zika virus causes
University of Maryland School of Medicine scientists have published new research into the causes of the Zika virus. The researchers have classified seven proteins in the virus that may be linked to birth defects, a key step in developing a vaccine to treat victims of the disease.
The Baltimore Sun (1/2) 
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Biotech and Life Science
Md. schools join biopharmaceutical institute team
Two University of Maryland campuses will play a role in operating the National Institute for Innovation of Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals, a new federal effort designed to promote the development of safe biopharmaceutical drugs. The University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore join a collaboration involving more than 150 companies and other entities.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Baltimore (12/30) 
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Benefit-risk guidance for medical device decisions finalized by FDA
A final guidance has been released by the FDA outlining benefit-risk factors for making decisions on medical device availability, compliance and enforcement. The document, which includes assessment worksheets listing questions for initial device design and testing and postmarket assessment, comes as part of the agency's effort to maintain the consistency of benefit-risk standards within its device center.
Medtech Insight (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (12/30) 
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Government Affairs
Burwell advises next HHS secretary to prioritize health care cybersecurity
Cybersecurity in the health care industry "has to be prioritized," outgoing HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell advised Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., who was nominated to succeed her. Burwell also stressed the importance of recognizing the threat that hackers bring to health care organizations' systems. (1/10) 
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Hogan calls for tax credits to boost Md. jobs
Hogan calls for tax credits to boost Md. jobs
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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is looking for support for a program to create new manufacturing jobs in areas with high unemployment. Hogan's proposals would offer tax credits to companies that create jobs in poor areas and would also increase online and other job training programs.
The Baltimore Sun (1/5),  WBAL-TV (Baltimore) (1/5) 
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Talent and Capital
Incubator targets government employees with startup funding
A new business incubator is looking to invest up to $3 million in startups focusing on high-growth technologies such as cybersecurity applications. DataTribe has offices in San Francisco and Maryland and is looking to identify government employees with unique expertise who want to run their own firms. (1/9) 
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TCM News
Member news: Smithers Avanza announces renewal of full AAALAC accreditation
Smithers Avanza, a Gaithersburg, Md., contract research organization, has been granted a renewal of full accreditation from the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International Council on Accreditation. This renewal comes with no recommendations for improvement from AAALAC International. The AAALAC International accreditation program evaluates organizations that use animals in research. Accreditation follows an extensive internal review along with an on-site assessment. Accredited organizations are re-evaluated every three years. "The Council commends (Smithers Avanza) for providing and maintaining an exemplary program of laboratory animal care and use. Especially noteworthy were the strong institutional support; the knowledgeable and engaged staff; the excellent husbandry and sanitation program; the well managed and documented veterinary care program; the comprehensive environmental enrichment program; and the well maintained physical plant," noted the AAALAC International Council on Accreditation, in a letter to Smithers Avanza.
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SoBran wins contract with Boston-based Academic Medical Center to support pre-clinical research programs
SoBran BioScience, a division of SoBran, a leading provider of biomedical research support services, announced a new service contract between SoBran and Brigham and Women's Hospital. SoBran will provide a wide range of support services required for the proper management and technical operations of the pre-clinical research programs at BWH, which is a founding member of Partners HealthCare. Functions will include animal care and husbandry, veterinary medical support, assistance with post-approval monitoring of IACUC-approved research protocols, research technical support, and training of research staff. SoBran will also provide data management, environmental monitoring, and routine maintenance of equipment, transportation, logistics and administrative support. Read more.
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