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BioHealth Innovation, Inc. (BHI) Founder, President & CEO, Rich Bendis, hosts BioTalk — conversations with some of the most accomplished and exciting business, academic, and government leaders in the biohealth industry. BioTalk enables you to learn from these leaders about issues which can help you grow your business. What are the current trends? Where are industry sectors headed? How do we increase access to capital in our region? Rich and his guests dive deep into these topics and much more. Host, Rich Bendis is an entrepreneur, corporate executive, venture capitalist, investment banker, innovation and technology-based economic development leader, international speaker, and consultant in the technology and biohealth industries. Produced by Andy Eckert, with help from The Podcast Consultant, Mathew Passy.


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BioHealth Innovation, Inc. (BHI) Founder, President & CEO, Rich Bendis, hosts BioTalk — conversations with some of the most accomplished and exciting business, academic, and government leaders in the biohealth industry. BioTalk enables you to learn from these leaders about issues which can help you grow your business. What are the current trends? Where are industry sectors headed? How do we increase access to capital in our region? Rich and his guests dive deep into these topics and much more. Host, Rich Bendis is an entrepreneur, corporate executive, venture capitalist, investment banker, innovation and technology-based economic development leader, international speaker, and consultant in the technology and biohealth industries. Produced by Andy Eckert, with help from The Podcast Consultant, Mathew Passy.



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Building Baltimore's Future: Kory Bailey and the UpSurge Vision

Join us in this episode of BioTalk with Rich Bendis as we delve into the Baltimore ecosystem with Kory Bailey, Chief Ecosystem Officer (CEO) of UpSurge Baltimore, a trailblazing organization dedicated to fostering equitable economic growth and innovation. Kory Bailey brings over a decade of leadership experience from both early-stage startups and big tech. He has emerged as a thought leader on equitable economic growth and a champion for Baltimore's tech ecosystem. As the CEO of UpSurge Baltimore, Kory is spearheading the vision for Baltimore to become the first Equitech hub globally, pioneering a new model for American innovation. In this discussion, Kory unveils UpSurge Baltimore's mission: to cultivate a thriving tech ecosystem for innovators, founders, and talent by fostering culture and connectivity and mobilizing regional and national assets around Baltimore startups. From exploring what drew him to Baltimore to discussing the evolution and unique aspects of UpSurge, Kory shares insights into the philanthropic landscape in Baltimore and initiatives like the Equitech Accelerator, Techstars, KHU, and CareFirst. He also delves into the primary challenges facing Baltimore and UpSurge's short-term goals focused on accountability, awareness, investment, and early-stage support. Join us as we envision Baltimore's future in the next five years and the pivotal role UpSurge Baltimore plays in shaping it. Tune in now to be part of the conversation driving equitable economic growth and innovation in Baltimore's tech ecosystem.


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John Sackett - Execuitve Vice President & COO, Adventist Healthcare

Discover the Future of Healthcare with John Sackett, Executive Vice President & COO of Adventist Healthcare, on BioTalk with Rich Bendis. In this episode, John Sackett shares his insights into the changing landscape of healthcare delivery. From his early days as an administrative assistant to his current role, John's journey offers invaluable lessons on leadership and innovation in the healthcare industry. Join us as we explore Adventist Healthcare's role in the BioHealth Capital Region (BHCR) and explore the transformative changes in healthcare delivery. Gain valuable insights into the challenges and innovations reshaping healthcare post-COVID and learn how Adventist Healthcare is leading the way in patient-centered care. In a candid and inspiring segment, John opens up about his personal journey of managing cystic fibrosis while excelling in his career. Discover the remarkable advancements in the treatment and life expectancy of CF patients, highlighting the power of innovation and resilience in overcoming adversity. Don't miss this enlightening episode as we navigate the evolving landscape of BioHealth Innovation and the BHCR Region with John Sackett, a visionary leader shaping the future of healthcare.


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Empowering Change: Lance Kawaguchi's Journey with the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation

Join us for an engaging episode of BioTalk as we sit down with Lance Kawaguchi, Chief Executive Officer of the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation. Lance's career trajectory from global finance to non-profit leadership is as inspiring as it is impactful, driven by a personal mission to combat brain cancer following the loss of his mother. In this episode, we explore Lance's journey from senior investment banker to non-profit leader, propelled by personal loss and a vision for change. We delve into the SouthPoleTrek4Cancer initiative, spearheading a global effort to raise awareness and funds for brain and rare cancer charities, culminating in a historic journey to the South Pole. We recognize Lance's leadership achievements, including ringing the Nasdaq bell twice as a cancer charity CEO, and his success in bringing the GBM AGILE Clinical Trial Platform from the US to Australia, accelerating breakthrough research efforts. We also discuss Lance's strategic plans for growth and impact in the BioHealth Capital Region, driving forward the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation's mission. Additionally, we introduce the esteemed medical and scientific advisory committee steering the foundation's groundbreaking initiatives. Join us for an insightful discussion as we uncover Lance Kawaguchi's transformative journey and the innovative strides being made in the fight against brain cancer. Tune in to BioTalk and be inspired!


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Nanochon's Orthopedic Revolution: A New Era in Cartilage Restoration

Are you prepared to discover a transformative shift in orthopedic innovation? Join us in this episode of BioTalk with Rich Bendis as step into the world of Nanochon with CEO Ben Holmes. Nanochon is leading the charge in the field of medical technology, reimagining the landscape of joint injury treatment. Their inventive implant not only restores damaged cartilage but also fosters fresh tissue growth. Utilizing cutting-edge 3-D printing technology and groundbreaking material, Nanochon's implant serves as both a resilient orthopedic load-bearing device and a scaffold for tissue regeneration. This advancement is poised to redefine patient recoveries, trim healthcare costs, and establish new benchmarks in cartilage rehabilitation. In this episode, we learn about Nanochon's beginnings, the uniqueness of their technology, the individuals constituting their team, their funding strategies, and the challenges they've overcome. Don't miss this episode as we venture into the frontier of advanced medical solutions with Nanochon. Tune in now and be part of the conversation reshaping the future of joint health.


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Advancing Hope: Solaxa’s Quest to Treat Cerebellar Ataxias

In this episode of BioTalk with Rich Bendis, we’re joined by three guests from Solaxa: CEO & Founder Christian Walker, Chief Operating Officer Luis T. Gutierrez, Jr., and Chief Commercial Officer Jennifer Butler. Solaxa is a pioneering biotech company with a mission to revolutionize the treatment of cerebellar ataxias and acute nerve injuries caused by trauma and chemotherapy. Discover the compelling story behind Solaxa’s choice to establish its roots in Montgomery County and how the BioHealth Capital Region has played a crucial role in its growth. Learn how Solaxa’s team was assembled, including the inspiring success stories of Luis and Jennifer, both part of the BioHealth Innovation and Montgomery County Maryland’s Executive in Residence program. Hear how Solaxa is making a difference in the world of neurology with SLX-001, a drug showing immense promise in treating cerebellar ataxias. Dive into their innovative approach, including the development of their treatment for cerebellar ataxias. Additionally, discover how Solaxa’s pioneering efforts in this field provide hope for healing. Join us for an enlightening discussion on the future of neurology, innovative treatments, and the remarkable journey of Solaxa. CEO & Founder Christian Walker has focused his last twenty years pursuing the commercialization of nerve injury solutions. Christian’s fundraising experience spans raising money for start-ups, being a start-up venture capitalist, and securing significant non-dilutive financing through grants. At Christian’s prior start-ups, Christian was directly responsible for securing $11M in venture financing. While at Toucan Capital, he served as Principal of a $140 million venture capital fund focused on early-stage investments in stem cells and regenerative medicine. At Johns Hopkins and Walter Reed, he helped secure $22.5M in non-dilutive grants. Luis T. Gutierrez, Jr. serves as Chief Operating Officer of Solaxa while also serving as an Executive in Residence with BioHealth Innovation. In both roles, he leverages his 25+ years of expertise in helping novel medical technologies with scientific and clinical promise transition to becoming successful commercial enterprises. He previously served in executive roles with Veranex, Theralink Technologies, Aptiv Solutions, and Covance. Chief Commercial Officer Jennifer Butler has 25 years of broad biotechnology industry experience. Her commercial roles at MedImmune, AstraZeneca, and Innate have equipped her with a deep understanding of commercial execution at large and emerging biopharma. Notably, Jen launched Innate’s first commercial product in a rare oncology population. Jennifer also is also serving as an Executive in Residence with BioHealth Innovation.


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Navigating the AI Wave: Dr. Juergen Klenk Explores AI's Reality in the BioHealth Industry

Have you ever wondered about the true impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the BioHealth industry? In this episode of BioTalk with Rich Bendis, we have the privilege of hosting Dr. Juergen Klenk, a Principal at Deloitte and a Board Member at BioHealth Innovation. Dr. Klenk brings a wealth of expertise and experience with a unique background combining formal scientific training and entrepreneurial ventures. Join us as we embark on an insightful discussion about the current state of AI in the BioHealth industry, diving deep into the realities and challenges of this cutting-edge technology. Dr. Klenk shares his interest in AI and the reasons behind its increasing prominence in the field. We explore the historical origins of the AI hype cycle and how we've reached the stage we're in today. Discover tangible examples that illustrate AI's true value, benefits, and impact in BioHealth. Dr. Klenk sheds light on the underlying key technologies that power AI and the associated challenges and risks. Looking to the future, we examine the outlook for AI in the coming months, years, and even this decade. Will the AI hype continue, or will we witness substantial breakthroughs and transformations? Dr. Klenk offers valuable insights into what organizations can and should do to ride the AI wave effectively. Don't miss this engaging conversation with Dr. Juergen Klenk as we navigate the exciting world of AI in the BioHealth industry. Tune in now to gain a deeper understanding of AI's reality and its potential to shape the future of healthcare and research.


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Pioneering Solutions: Dr. Nehal Mehta's Quest to Combat Chronic Diseases at Mobius Scientific

Are you ready to dive into the world of groundbreaking biotechnology and the fight against chronic diseases? In this episode of BioTalk with Rich Bendis, we bring you an enlightening conversation with Dr. Nehal Mehta, Founder and CEO of Mobius Scientific, Inc. Dr. Mehta is not only a distinguished Professor of Medicine but also a visionary entrepreneur on a mission to revolutionize healthcare. Join us as we explore the journey of Mobius Scientific, an early-stage biotechnology company with a transformative approach. Mobius is developing cutting-edge biologic therapies targeting the root cause of chronic diseases, starting with lipid accumulation. This innovative platform has the potential to change the lives of millions suffering from debilitating conditions. Discover the remarkable story behind Mobius, from its scientific origins and unique name to Dr. Mehta's decision to venture into the world of entrepreneurship. We discuss the science and technology that sets Mobius apart, revealing its pivotal role in addressing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness globally. Meet the exceptional team and advisors that drive Mobius forward and learn how the company secured its initial funding and gained visibility through strategic contests. Dr. Mehta shares critical milestones and future goals, providing insights into the promising future of Mobius and its mission to combat chronic diseases. Throughout the episode, we'll also explore how the BioHealth Capital Region has supported the growth and development of Mobius. Tune in now and be part of the movement to combat chronic diseases with Dr. Nehal Mehta and Mobius Scientific.


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Investing in BioHealth: Blackbird Labs Vision with CEO Matt Tremblay

What is the dynamic synergy between pioneering science and transformative industry developments? Join us in this episode of BioTalk with Rich Bendis for a thought-provoking conversation about the work of Blackbird Laboratories. Our guest, Matt Tremblay, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Blackbird Laboratories, sheds light on their role in fostering innovation within the vibrant BioHealth community of Baltimore and the wider BioHealth Capital Region. Blackbird Laboratories recently launched with a significant $100 million founding grant from The Stephen and Renee Bisciotti Foundation. This significant investment aims to bridge the gap between academic research and industry innovation, catalyzing the development of innovative companies, groundbreaking technologies, and a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in Baltimore, Maryland. They provide crucial support, including capital, program management, and strategic scientific and business insights, to drive the growth of the BioHealth industry. Their team of seasoned life sciences professionals operates on a value-driven model, committed to reducing the risk of groundbreaking technology for commercialization, attracting crucial investments, nurturing start-ups, and cultivating meaningful public-private partnerships. Their vision is grounded in promoting a thriving ecosystem in Baltimore that will contribute significantly to the growth of the BioHealth sector in the region. In this engaging episode, we’ll delve into a diverse range of topics: Don’t miss this insightful episode as we discuss the promising future of BioHealth with Blackbird Laboratories leading the way. Tune in now and become an integral part of the conversation shaping the BioHealth industry’s destiny.


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Breaking Barriers in Enteral Nutrition: Luminoah's Innovative MedTech with Neal Piper

Are you ready to explore the transformative world of MedTech and its profound impact on healthcare? Join us in this episode of BioTalk with Rich Bendis as we dive deep into medical technology with an exceptional guest, Neal Piper, Founder & CEO of Luminoah, winner of the 8th Annual BioHealth Capital Region Crab Trap. Neal Piper is the visionary behind Luminoah, a cutting-edge MedTech company dedicated to enhancing the lives of enteral nutrition patients through innovative hardware and software systems. With a background steeped in healthcare, Neal's journey from Pfizer's Neuroscience Division to his role as President of the Global Health Fellows Alumni Business Network has uniquely positioned him to drive change in the industry. But what inspired Neal to create Luminoah? In 2019, his family received a cancer diagnosis for their 3-year-old son, leading to a new reality and a pressing need for a better nutritional feeding program. Neal recognized the challenges faced by patients and caregivers, from bulky equipment to limited data sharing with physicians. That's when Luminoah was born. In this compelling episode, we explore: Don't miss this enlightening conversation as we journey into the heart of MedTech innovation with Neal Piper. Tune in now and be part of the conversation that's shaping the future of healthcare for enteral nutrition patients.


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Driving Cancer Research Innovation: A Conversation with Michael Weingarten, Director, SBIR Development Center at the National Cancer Institute (NCI)

What are the latest advancements in cancer research and innovation? Join us in this episode of BioTalk with Rich Bendis as we explore the dynamic world of cancer research and technology development with our distinguished guest, Michael Weingarten, Director of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Development Center at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Mr. Weingarten plays a pivotal role in leading a team of Program Directors managing the NCI's SBIR & STTR Programs, overseeing a substantial portfolio of $182 million in grants and contracts annually. These programs are at the forefront of NCI's efforts to drive innovation, fostering the development and commercialization of groundbreaking technologies and products for cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Explore the intersection of the BioHealth Capital Region and the NCI, understanding how collaboration and partnerships are shaping the future of cancer research and innovation. Finally, we delve into the goals for the future, highlighting the NCI's vision and commitment to advancing cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment through technology and innovation.


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Unlocking the Future of Stem Cell Research with MSCRF: A Conversation with Ruchika Nijhara, PhD, Executive Director of Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund (MSCRF)

Are you curious about the world of transformative regenerative medicine and stem cell research? Are you eager to understand how Maryland champions researchers and companies in the field of stem cell and regenerative medicine? Do you want to learn more about the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund (MSCRF)? Listen to the latest episode of BioTalk with Rich Bendis as he welcomes MSCRF Executive Director, Ruchika Nijhara, PhD. In this enlightening episode, Dr. Nijhara, a forward-thinking leader driven by her passion for advancing scientific innovation, delves into the funding mechanisms that Maryland employs to support research and development at all stages and fosters collaboration and innovation. Discover MSCRF's pivotal role in reshaping healthcare through stem cell research. Explore funding opportunities, real-world project examples, and success stories that highlight the profound impact of this research on healthcare and scientific advancements. Don't miss this captivating conversation on how MSCRF is shaping the future of scientific innovation in Maryland and beyond. Tune in now to discover more about MSCRF.


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Revolutionizing Autoimmune Medicine: MyMD Pharmaceuticals Innovative Therapies

Are you interested in exploring cutting-edge autoimmune medicines? In this episode of BioTalk with Rich Bendis, we're delving deep into the world of transformative therapies with two remarkable guests, Dr. Chris Chapman and Dr. Adam Kaplin, from MyMD Pharmaceuticals. MyMD Pharmaceuticals is on a mission to make that a reality. Their lead clinical candidate, MYMD-1®, has the potential to reshape the entire field. But how does MYMD-1 work, and what sets it apart from current treatments? Join us as we unravel the science behind this revolutionary therapy and explore the potential indications and patient populations it could benefit. And that's not all. We also spotlight Supera-CBD, a novel synthetic cannabidiol with incredible potency and anti-inflammatory effects. How could this innovation change the landscape of chronic pain and anxiety management? Don't miss this episode of BioTalk with Rich Bendis as we embark on a journey into the future of autoimmune medicine with MyMD Pharmaceuticals. Tune in now and be part of the conversation.


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Navigating the Future of Autoimmune Medicine: A Conversation with Dr. Theresa Podrebarac, Senior Vice President, Clinical Development at Horizon Therapeutics

How can patients help shape the future of scientific innovation? What's the vital role of the patient's voice in developing life-changing medicines? In this captivating episode, fresh off her thought-provoking appearance at the 9th Annual BioHealth Capital Region Forum, Dr. Theresa Podrebarac takes us on a journey through the dynamic landscape of autoimmune medicine. Dr. Podrebarac is a renowned physician scientist with a wealth of expertise in the biotech industry. As the Senior Vice President of Clinical Development at Horizon Therapeutics, she's at the forefront of bringing hope to patients with rare, autoimmune, and severe inflammatory diseases. Join us as we explore pivotal questions: Don't miss this enlightening conversation that delves into the nexus of science, patient advocacy, and innovation. Tune in now and become part of the future where patients' voices are not just heard but lead the way in shaping a brighter tomorrow. Available on all major podcasting platforms. Theresa Podrebarac, M.D., M.Sc., is a physician scientist with extensive development expertise in the biotech industry. At Horizon Therapeutics, Dr. Podrebarac leads the clinical development function dedicated to bringing medicines for rare, autoimmune and severe inflammatory diseases to patients. Prior to Horizon, Dr. Podrebarac served as chief medical officer at two biotech companies focusing on rare diseases. She was also vice president, immunology clinical development at AbbVie where she helped develop approved therapies for psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis. At Biogen, she championed the development of tools and techniques for early clinical proof of concept in diseases including scleroderma and lupus skin disease. Dr. Podrebarac holds a master of science in immunology from the University of Ottawa and a medical doctorate degree from Western University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in immunology at Harvard University.


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Pioneering Biotech Advancements: A Conversation with Rachel King, CEO of BIO

Join us for an insightful episode of BioTalk as host Rich Bendis welcomes back Rachel King, the visionary CEO of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), bringing with her a remarkable journey spanning roles as an entrepreneur, board member, and advocate for the biotech industry. In this engaging installment, Rachel offers a glimpse into her evolution from consulting to industry, including her role as co-founder and former CEO of GlycoMimetics, Inc. (GMI). Discover the essence of BIO, its mission, and the global perspective it brings to the biotech landscape. Delve into Rachel's advocacy role and the critical issues facing the industry today, including pricing, congressional relations, and investment challenges. Gain insights into the state of the biotech industry and Rachel's projections for both the near and long term. Listen as we unravel the dynamic journey of Rachel King, a trailblazing leader in biotechnology, and gain a comprehensive perspective on the industry's present and future. Available now on all major podcasting platforms.


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Nurturing Tomorrow's STEM Leaders: A Conversation with Dr. Judy Staveley, Biotechnologist and STEM Advocate

Explore the world of scientific mentorship and education with Dr. Judy Staveley, an accomplished Chief Biotechnologist and STEM advocate. In this episode of BioTalk, Dr. Staveley discusses her journey in supporting young scientists and her roles in organizations like the National Association of Academies of Science (NAAS) and the American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS). Discover the upcoming NAAS/AJAS STEM EDUCATION CONFERENCE/FUNDRAISER on September 16th and its impact on inspiring the next generation of innovators. Learn about AJAS's life science support programs that encourage young talents to pursue careers in STEM. Dr. Staveley shares insights into STEM education in the BioHealth Capital Region and her personal goals for nurturing young scientists. Join us to uncover the pivotal role of mentorship in shaping the future of STEM. Listen now on major podcasting platforms.


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BioTalk Discusses Breaking Frontiers in Immunotherapy: A Conversation with Bill Enright, CEO and Board Director at Vaccitech

What does it take to pioneer groundbreaking T-cell immunotherapies and vaccines for infectious diseases and cancer? Join us for this episode of BioTalk, where we sit down with Bill Enright, a seasoned biotech executive with a remarkable track record spanning over three decades. Bill brings a wealth of experience in building and financing both privately held and publicly traded companies, making his mark in various roles within the life science/biotech industry. Bill offers a compelling update in this installment since his previous appearance on BioTalk. Learn about the intriguing journey that led Vaccitech, a clinical-stage T cell immunotherapy and vaccine company, to select Montgomery County, MD, within the thriving BioHealth Capital Region, for its new site. Delve into the intricacies of their pioneering platform, which harnesses the power of immunotherapy to elicit robust T cell responses and antibodies against infectious agents and tumors. Get an insider's perspective as Bill provides clinical updates on their groundbreaking work, discussing major milestones in critical areas like HBV, HPV, PCA, and VTB, among others. Explore Vaccitech's path forward as Bill sheds light on their next significant milestones and strategic plans to expand their presence within the United States. Don't miss this exclusive conversation with Bill Enright as he shares insights into the dynamic world of immunotherapy and Vaccitech's mission to transform the disease treatment and prevention landscape.


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How the BioHealth Capital Region Became a Top 3 BioPharma Cluster: Insights from Alex Philippidis, Senior Business Editor at Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

How does a BioPharma Cluster ascend the ranks to secure a Top 3 position? What are the key factors propelling the BioHealth Capital Region to achieve its ambitious goal of ranking 3rd by 2023? Join us in this episode of BioTalk, where our host Rich Bendis speaks with Alex Philippidis, Senior Business Editor at Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News. In this installment, Alex unveils the intricacies behind his latest Top 10 U.S. Biopharma Clusters, highlighting the impressive rise of the BioHealth Capital Region to its 3rd position. Learn about the origins of these rankings, the trends that have been identified for 2023, and the dynamic shifts within the BioPharma landscape on a regional scale. Discover the journey of the Maryland/Virginia/Washington, DC, BioHealth Capital Region, which has realized its vision of securing a prominent seat among the top echelons of biopharma clusters. With an astounding portfolio of 52,899 patents, this achievement reflects the prolific presence of esteemed institutions such as Johns Hopkins, NIH, and the National Library of Medicine. Tune in to learn about the region's significant accomplishments, including its impressive 6,201 NIH funding awards amounting to $4.245 billion, and a sprawling 31.69 million square feet of cutting-edge lab space. Join us as we unravel the insights that have propelled the BioHealth Capital Region to the forefront of BioPharma innovation and growth.


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Navigating Growth and Collaboration in Life Sciences: A Conversation with Brad L. Stewart, SVP of Business Development, MCEDC

How does a region evolve to become a leading driver in the BioHealth Capital Region? What are the secrets behind the successful collaboration between various organizations like MCEDC (Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation), MTC (Maryland Tech Council), and the Maryland Department of Commerce? How does a serial biotech entrepreneur leverage his experience to grow a diverse cross-section of businesses, including life sciences, technology, cybersecurity, defense, and hospitality? In this episode of BioTalk, host Rich Bendis chats with Brad L. Stewart, SVP of Economic Development for Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC). Brad's multifaceted career spans from being a Chief Executive Officer to leading expert teams in strategy and innovation, plus economic development specialists in Montgomery County. Together, they delve into the MCEDC Life Science support programs, the remarkable evolution of the region over the last 20 years, Brad's new role as Chair of MTC, and the shared values and collaboration in the region. They also celebrate Brad's achievements and discuss the current state of the Life science industry, especially in MOCO and BHCR. Join this engaging conversation to uncover the strategies and insights that have shaped Montgomery County's economy and the life sciences field. Learn from Brad's leadership and his ability to thrive on complex strategic opportunities. Tune in to this episode of BioTalk to explore the innovative and collaborative spirit that's driving growth and success in the industry.


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Building Better Medicine, and Transformative Partnerships: Insights from Joy Polefrone, Ph.D. on BioTalk

Ever wondered how public-private partnerships can make a significant difference in the field of life sciences? Curious about the goals, expected impacts, and timeline of the Alliance for Building Better Medicine (ABBM)? Interested in exploring the transformative potential of the Virginia BioHealth ecosystem and its role in advancing the life sciences industry? In this episode of BioTalk, join host Rich Bendis as he interviews Joy Polefrone, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Alliance for Building Better Medicine (ABBM). Joy brings two decades of diverse business leadership and organizational strategy experience. They discuss career shifts in academia, industry, and non-profits, the creation and mission of ABBM, consortium building for the Build Back Better Challenge, funding and match partners, goals and expected impacts, the Virginia BioHealth ecosystem, and the role of public-private partnerships. Discover how Joy's multifaceted perspective helps resolve complex problems and build leaders, teams, and organizations aligned with their values. Gain valuable insights into the transformative potential of public-private partnerships in the life sciences field. Don't miss this opportunity to hear about future goals and directions for ABBM and learn from Joy's seasoned leadership in the industry. Tune in to this engaging episode of BioTalk.


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Trailblazing in the BioHealth Capital Region: A Conversation with MedTech Innovator Accelerator Company Leaders

Join us on a compelling episode of BioTalk as we sit down with three dynamic leaders from groundbreaking MedTech companies based in the thriving BioHealth Capital Region. These companies, JuneBrain, Xcision Medical Systems, and Sonavi Labs, were recently selected for the prestigious MedTech Innovator Accelerator, the world's largest accelerator of medical technology companies. Discover their innovative solutions and the transformative impact they are making in healthcare. In this episode, we delve into the cutting-edge advancements and game-changing technologies developed by our esteemed guests. Dr. Samantha Scott, Founder, and CEO of JuneBrain, shares insights on how their remote diagnostic tools utilizing retinal image data are revolutionizing disease progression evaluation, particularly in underserved communities. Ellington West, Co-Founder and CEO of Sonavi Labs, discusses the power of AI in respiratory disease detection and management and its future implications in transforming diagnostics. Michelle Crawley, President of Xcision Medical Systems, sheds light on the GammaPod system and how it disrupts the traditional breast cancer treatment model by delivering higher doses of radiation. Our conversation also explores the significance of being part of the MedTech Innovator Accelerator, the opportunities it offers, and how it helps these companies connect with leading manufacturers, providers, and investors in the industry. We delve into the rigorous application and selection process that set these companies apart from over 1,150 applicants, highlighting their unique contributions to the field of MedTech. We discuss the invaluable role of the BioHealth Capital Region in nurturing and propelling these companies forward. Discover how the region's ecosystem, resources, and talent have facilitated their growth, allowing them to impact patient care and medical advancements. Join us for this captivating episode as we explore the future of MedTech innovation, the power of AI, and the transformative potential of cutting-edge technologies in the BioHealth Capital Region.