Archives For Innovation & Tech

BioMaryland CenterMaryland, a long-established hub for medical technology, is helping to grow the next generation of life sciences companies. Five companies and a research team were awarded $865,000 by the BioMaryland Center within the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED), the BioMaryland Center announced Wednesday.

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FLIRImagine having night vision and infrared camera technology in the palm of your hand. It may sound like something reserved for sci-fi or spy movies, but one Maryland company is working to make it as convenient and affordable as a smart phone.

FLIR, which is based in Oregon, moved its Integrated Solutions group to Elkridge, Maryland in 2009. According to Roger Wells, vice president of operations, the company’s Maryland team is working to “develop unique solutions to complex operational problems.”

“We work with customers to package our technology in a way that is usable and supportable in the real world, whether you’re a soldier in Afghanistan, a border control agent or anyone charged with protecting critical infrastructure,” Wells said.

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You’ve developed your product and investigated the market, but where will you find the funding to expand your startup? That’s where a company like OurCrowd steps in.

Since its founding two years ago, OurCrowd of Israel has become a leading global crowdfunding platform for accredited investors. OurCrowd has raised more than $100 million and invested an average of $1.6 million in 56 companies, bringing together contributions from 7,000 investors in 94 countries.

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Credit: National Institutes of Health

Credit: National Institutes of Health

Home to both the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration, it’s no surprise that Maryland is a vaccine industry hub. Over a dozen vaccine companies, varying in size and focus, are established in the State. But experts say the draw for these and other life sciences companies runs even deeper.

In 2011, Vaxin, Inc. relocated its headquarters from Alabama to Gaithersburg, Maryland. The company is developing vaccines for anthrax and flu that are administered through the nose, providing fast-acting and long-lasting broad immune responses.

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joyce photoJoyce La Padula, DBED’s Manufacturing Program Manager, has been named to the Maryland World Class Consortia (MWCC) Board of Directors.

In her current DBED role, Joyce collaborates with industry stakeholders, trade associations and educational institutions, while facilitating the growth and creation of partnerships throughout the state.

“Congratulations to Joyce on being named to the Maryland World Class Consortia Board,” said DBED Secretary Mike Gill. “Joyce’s years of experience and industry knowledge will be a tremendous asset to the Board.” Continue Reading…

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As the Ebola virus continues to spread throughout West Africa, a number of Maryland companies are contributing aid.

As the Ebola virus continues to spread throughout West Africa, a number of Maryland companies are contributing aid to those impacted by the deadly disease. The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) and its BioMaryland Center, along with sister State agencies, the life sciences community and several non-profit organizations, are urging increased participation through the Stop Ebola website.

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BmoreEmergent BioSolutions, a global specialty biopharmaceutical company, is expanding its Baltimore manufacturing facility on Lombard Street.

The announcement was made today in a release by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED). The expansion is slated to potentially double the company’s 58,000 square-foot space and is expected to add 158 new jobs over the next four years.

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Arab Health 2015 is the world’s second largest healthcare exhibition. Photo courtesy Arab Health 2015

Maryland companies are on the forefront of healthcare innovation, and the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) is helping them share their technology with the world.

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Video by Emily Kimball Pope

In one corner, students pounded a vortex machine, sending rings of air catapulting to the ceiling. Across the room, teenagers struck poses in front of an advanced camera to create blueprints for tiny 3-D prints of themselves.

The Digital Harbor Foundation opened the doors of its technological playground to visitors last week during its 2nd Anniversary Showcase. Enthusiastic students, working to become Baltimore’s next generation of tech professionals and entrepreneurs, greeted more than 200 attendees.

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Maryland firms will embark on the State’s second cyber trade mission to Israel this March, in conjunction with CYBERTECH 2015 in Tel Aviv.

The international market for cutting-edge cybersecurity technology is hotter than ever—especially in Israel.

Maryland firms will embark on the State’s second cyber trade mission to Israel this March, in conjunction with CYBERTECH 2015 in Tel Aviv. The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development’s (DBED) cyber development team is inviting companies throughout the State to participate.

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Digital Harbor Foundation's 2014 ShowcaseThe Digital Harbor Foundation (DHF) is training the next generation of technology professionals one student at a time.

It began in January 2013, when DHF took an about-to-be-closed South Baltimore recreation center and put an innovative twist on it. What they created was a tech center—a maker space for Baltimore youth to explore their interests and talents in technology, while receiving the guidance necessary for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) growth.

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Baltimore-based Under Armour launched UA Record, a new health and fitness network app, during International CES.

For more than 40 years, the International CES has been a launching pad for breakthrough technologies and the newest must-have gadgets. 

The International CES is the epicenter for the ever-expanding global consumer technology community, showcasing the promise and power of technology and serving as a platform for all innovators, big and small,” announced Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, which hosts the conference.

Held this week in Las Vegas, it’s no surprise that Maryland—ranked No. 1 in Innovation and Entrepreneurship by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation—is well represented at the conference.

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