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The FDA has cleared Besthesda-based BrainScope’s Ahead 100 device.

Whether the patient is a combat soldier or a football player, doctors sometimes struggle to identify victims of traumatic brain injury.

BrainScope, based in Bethesda, Maryland, is one step closer to easing that process through its Ahead 100 device. The company announced on Wednesday that it earned United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for the device.

The device is designed for patients between 18 and 80 years old who have suffered closed head injuries within 24 hours. The device uses a patient’s electroencephalograph to interpret the structural condition of his or her brain. The device helps doctors decide if a patient should receive a Computerized Tomography (CT) scan or other treatment.

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Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development Secretary Dominick Murray and other State and local officials congratulated W. R. Grace & Co. on its new facility.

W. R. Grace & Co. has joined thousands of other green Maryland companies by incorporating environmental sustainability into its Columbia headquarters.

Grace’s new 90,000-square-foot global headquarters building has been certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as LEED Silver (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). The new facility includes a pervious concrete parking area, high-efficiency lighting and HVAC, and systems to reuse storm water for irrigation, according to company officials.

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Image courtesy of the U.S. Army’s Edgewood Chemical Biological Center.

Two Maryland companies are tapping new 3D manufacturing resources by partnering with local federal facilities.

Integrata Security and RPM Tech have each entered cooperative agreements through the Northeastern Maryland Additive Manufacturing Innovation Authority (NMAMIA) to expand their 3D prototyping capabilities.

Integrata will be working with the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) to manufacture a new casing for a cybersecurity product. The partnership will allow the Baltimore-based security company to quickly create 3D-printed prototypes and enhance the overall quality of its products.

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Sparrows Point, Maryland, once home to a thriving steel mill, is poised for redevelopment and job creation.

Sparrows Point, Maryland, once home to a thriving steel mill, is poised for redevelopment and job creation. Photo courtesy Baltimore County Sparrows Point Partnership First Year Report

Sparrows Point, Maryland, once home to a thriving steel mill, is poised for redevelopment and job creation, thanks to a new public-private partnership, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown announced following a gathering of stakeholders Thursday.

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Find additional coverage, celebrating the State’s industrial heritage and today’s innovators, during Maryland Manufacturing Month.

Zentech Manufacturing is no stranger to the ever-changing manufacturing industry in Maryland. The contract electronics manufacturer formed in 1998 and settled its operations in Windsor Mill in Baltimore County, where it still resides today.

The company produces components, assemblies, and finished goods for its customers while supporting a wide range of industries in the State – including medical, military and defense, aerospace, broadband, and networking and telecommunications.

Zentech also provides high-speed and precise printed circuit board (PCB) assembly, helping operate nearly all types of electronic products on the market.

Take a look inside Zentech’s 42,000 square-foot facility in the above video.

Find additional coverage, celebrating the State’s industrial heritage and today’s innovators, during Maryland Manufacturing Month. 

From crab pots to advanced telecommunications components, Harford Systems, Inc. produces a diverse selection of custom manufactured metal products.

But despite its massive facility filled with machinery, Harford Systems president Ralph Ahrens claims it’s the employees who really power the company.

Learn more about this enduring Maryland manufacturer in the above video.

PA industrial park Somerset County is expanding broadband service with help from a $65,000 grant from the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED), Lt. Governor Anthony Brown today announced.

The funding, provided by DBED’s Maryland Economic Development Assistance Authority and Fund (MEDAAF), will be used to install fiber optics throughout the Princess Anne Industrial Park.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will assist with the broadband expansion by contributing $137,000. The Maryland Broadband Cooperative will supervise the installation while providing labor, equipment, materials and testing throughout the park.

“Investments in broadband expansion translate into additional opportunities for Marylanders and continued economic growth,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “We’re committed to making investments like this one a priority to ensure cyber infrastructure is in place and available to businesses and Maryland families in every part of our state.” Continue Reading…

Find additional coverage, celebrating the State’s industrial heritage and today’s innovators, during Maryland Manufacturing Month. 

From Goetze’s Caramel Creams to Smiths Detection’s equipment for detecting chemical weapons, Maryland manufacturers are fueling the State’s economy, creating an array of products, employing more than 100,000 workers and generating roughly $20 billion annually.

Throughout October, Maryland will celebrate its manufacturers and there are plenty of ways to get involved.

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Stevensville-based Harpoon Medical Inc. has earned a $500,000 Maryland Venture Fund investment, part of a Series A $3.75 million financing round led by Maryland-based Epidarex Capital, Governor Martin O’Malley, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown and Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) Secretary Dominick Murray announced Wednesday.

Harpoon Medical plans to revolutionize how doctors perform life-saving mitral valve surgery. Out of the roughly 2 million Americans suffering from degenerative heart disease, only about 50,000 of them receive life-saving mitral valve surgery. This is primarily because the most common treatment, an open-heart procedure, can last between three and six hours and is extremely complex and high-risk.

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Apply now for BioMaryland’s Biotechnology Development Awards.

The BioMaryland Center’s Biotechnology Development Awards have returned, offering a total of $1 million in prizes toward life sciences projects, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) Secretary Dominick Murray announced Monday.

The FY 2015 competition will give preference to projects that improve patient outcomes and reduce health care costs. For the first time since the awards program launched in 2010, DBED’s BioMaryland Center will partner with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and the Center for Medical Technology Policy (CMTP) to incorporate improved health care quality and cost reduction into the program criteria. Individual awards will range from $50,000 to $200,000. Winning teams will receive ongoing advice and support from the BioMaryland Center, DHMH and CMTP toward technical, scientific, regulatory and reimbursement issues.

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The Coastal Companies, a leading regional produce and dairy supplier, broke ground Monday on its new corporate headquarters in Laurel, Maryland. The company plans to complete its 240,000 square-foot facility by 2016 and to create 400 new jobs by 2018, Secretary Dominick Murray of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) announced.

The new facility will house several company divisions—including Coastal Sunbelt Produce, East Coast Fresh, Cold Chain Logistics, Cold Chain Imports and The Coastal Companies Foundation—and will be located just three miles from the company’s current facility in Savage. The Coastal Companies’ decision to expand in Maryland was the direct result of State and county assistance. DBED approved a $1 million conditional loan with the requirement that the company retain jobs in Maryland. Howard County also provided $150,000 in property tax credits and expedited the review of applications and permits through its Fast Track Development Process.

“We appreciate the support we have received from the State of Maryland and Howard County,” said The Coastal Companies CEO John Corso. “We believe our new headquarters will help us maintain our robust growth for years to come.”

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Triton Metals, founded in 1994, is one of the largest metal manufacturers on the East Coast.

When Triton Metals, a St. Mary’s County metal manufacturer, found it needed additional training for its workers, the company turned to the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED).

Thanks to a $5,000 grant through DBED’s Partnership for Workforce Quality Program (PWQ), Triton Metals now plans to enroll its 70 full-time employees in three workforce training courses; additionally, the company plans to use the grant to help create 10 new positions, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown and DBED announced on Monday.

“This grant will help with employee retention and will help us extensively train our internal workforce,” said Kevin Poole, President of Triton Metals. “Things are ever-changing in the manufacturing environment and training our workforce in the latest technologies helps us continue to be on top as a competitive manufacturer.”

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