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January 26, 2017
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Cybersecurity and Technology
Tech organizations join to become Md. Technology Council
Two top Maryland technology organizations have merged to provide the state's industry with a stronger, more unified voice. The Chesapeake Regional Tech Council and the Tech Council of Maryland are combining to become the Maryland Technology Council. (1/25),  The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Washington, D.C. (1/25) 
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Md. cybersecurity firms taking part in Dutch exchange
Four Maryland tech firms are participating in a cybersecurity exchange with the Netherlands. The program, developed by the Maryland Department of Commerce, seeks to help US companies make inroads into European markets while bringing in fresh energy from foreign firms. (1/24) 
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Drug, device makers forge ties with new administration
Drug and medical device makers, as well as their industry organizations, are reaching out to the staffs of influential lawmakers and trying to forge ties with key Trump administration officials.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/24) 
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ACA repeal would hurt state, hit hospitals
Maryland could lose almost $2 billion if the Affordable Care Act is repealed as promised by President Donald Trump and GOP lawmakers. And hospitals in the state could lose $2.3 billion in federal reimbursements.
The Baltimore Sun (1/19) 
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Vaccine and Immunotherapeutics
2 biotech firms merge to create new immunotherapeutics company
Biotech firms Altimmune and PharmAthene will merge and keep Altimmune's name. The merged company's pipeline has a preclinical program and four candidates in clinical development, including an immunotherapy for chronic hepatitis B.
FierceBiotech (1/19) 
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Biotech and Life Science
Federal hiring freeze raises concerns at FDA
Federal hiring freeze raises concerns at FDA
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The effect of President Donald Trump's freeze on federal government hiring on the FDA remains unclear, with concerns that it could slow approvals for new drugs, generics and medical devices. The agency's Office of Generic Drugs anticipates more than 1,500 abbreviated new drug applications in 2017.
Regulatory Focus (1/25) 
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Government Affairs
Scanlon to lead health care sector's cybersecurity efforts
Leo Scanlon, the Department of Health and Human Services' deputy chief information security officer and senior cybersecurity adviser for the health care sector, will also lead the agency's Office of Information Security. The National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center has received a grant to create a web portal designed to share cyberthreat information within the sector, a move that "allows much more effective real-time response to threats," Scanlon said. (1/23) 
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Talent and Capital
OPM website part of cybersecurity-workforce plan
The Office of Personnel Management has designed a web portal dedicated to federal cybersecurity jobs, despite President-elect Donald Trump's call for a hiring freeze at most federal agencies. The website is part of the office's Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Strategy and includes tools for HR managers.
Government Technology online (1/13) 
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TCM News
We are the Maryland Tech Council: Merger of region's two largest technology and life science industry associations creates new Maryland Technology Council
On Jan. 24, during the 29th Annual Maryland Policy and Leadership Dinner, the Technology Council of Maryland and the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council announced a merger of the two organizations, effective immediately. The merger is designed to expand and regionalize Maryland's technology and life science hubs, while also creating a consistent, unified voice for the industries statewide and a platform to attract more companies and leverage synergies. Read more.
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TCM Member Update:
MagBio Genomics, an emerging biotechnology company based in Gaithersburg, Md., announced a new and unique blood collection tube for cancer genomic research and Non-invasive prenatal testing. Cancer research or diagnostics and non-invasive prenatal testing use circulating tumor DNA, and fetal circulating cell-free DNA in cancer patient and maternal blood circulation, respectively.

Release of genomic DNA from cancer patient or maternal blood cells during blood collection, transport and storage and the stability of the circulating biomarkers significantly reduce the sensitivity and accuracy of the genomic assays.

MagBio's new blood collection tube prevents release of genomic DNA from collected blood during transport or storage at room temperature up to 21 days while the integrity of circulating biomarkers in the blood sample is safeguarded; thus allowing flexibility in blood sample processing workflow and accurate analysis of cancer patient and fetal circulating cell free DNA. Find more information at, 301-302 0144. ext. 311, or on the website:

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