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November 2019

Johns Hopkins Health System unveils plans for $400 million, 12-story research tower

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Johns Hopkins Health System plans to build a $400 million, 12-story research tower at its East Baltimore medical campus by the spring of 2023.

Hopkins representatives unveiled preliminary plans today that showed part of the research tower will be a new structure rising in place of the Brady Building, a seven-story structure that dated from 1915 and was demolished this year to make way for the new project.

Additional research space will be created through the renovation of the CMSC building, a 1964 structure that was built as the Children’s Medical and Surgical Center but has most recently housed labs and offices.

The combined project will have 440,770 square feet of new and renovated space, including 200,000 square feet of research labs and related areas. That makes it the largest construction project on Hopkins’ medical campus since the Sheikh Zayed Tower and the Charlotte Bloomberg Children’s Center opened in 2012.

It’s also the first major construction project on the Monument Street side of the hospital since Hopkins moved many of its employees into the Zayed and Bloomberg towers seven years ago, and a sign that Hopkins plans to continue expanding along the Monument Street corridor.

“This is an exciting but challenging project,” said Sally MacConnell, senior vice president in charge of facilities for the health system, in a presentation to Baltimore’s Urban Design and Architecture Advisory Panel.

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The Universities at Shady Grove Celebrates Grand Opening of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Building

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ROCKVILLE, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) – a regional campus of the University System of Maryland that offers degree programs from nine different Maryland public universities – celebrated today the opening of its fourth academic building, a $175 million, state-of-the-art Biomedical Sciences and Engineering (BSE) education facility.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, USM Board of Regents Chair Linda Gooden, University System of Maryland Chancellor Robert Caret, university presidents from around the state, USG Executive Director Stewart Edelstein, and the USG Board of Advisors were joined by an array of elected officials, business and community leaders, faculty, staff and students for the grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting. Hundreds attended the grand opening event, which was followed by tours of the BSE and a STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medical studies) Showcase to highlight programs that partner universities will be bringing to the new facility, as well as area science and technology businesses that are partnering with USG.

USG is a regional higher education center of the University System of Maryland that offers approximately 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs from nine different state universities, all on one convenient, full-service campus in Rockville. Students who attend USG pursue and earn their degrees directly from the partner universities that offer the programs on the campus. For undergraduate students, the university programs offered at USG provide third- and fourth-year classes toward a bachelor’s degree. Most students who attend the undergraduate programs at USG transfer from Montgomery College or another college, after completing the first two years of their coursework.

Click here to read the entire press release. Baltimore: Sonavi Labs raised a $1M seed round. It’s a big milestone for a diverse team

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Sonavi Labs, the Pigtown-based company that’s bringing to market digital stethoscope technology combining noise cancellation and AI that was initially developed by Johns Hopkins scientists, has raised $1 million in seed funding.

It’s the first official fundraising round for a company that’s been bootstrapped over its first two years, and Sonavi Labs reached the seven-figure milestone without raising from institutional venture capital firms. Instead, the investors, whose names are not being disclosed by the company, come from the healthcare and scientific community, as well as friends and family, said CEO Ellington West.

Cofounded by West and CTO Ian McLane in 2017, the company has a license from Johns Hopkins for technology, known as Feelix, that combines hardware and software. Initially, the stethoscope will be designed to diagnose respiratory disease. It also does not require internet access — indicating a principle that guided the company as it developed technology that could be used in countries around the world.

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American Gene Technologies Hosts Celebration Event For Its First IND Submission (For HIV) To The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

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ROCKVILLE, Md., Nov. 06, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — American Gene Technologies (AGT) announced today it will host a red carpet event tonight to celebrate a significant milestone in the company’s 11-year history of scientific research in cell and gene therapy: AGT successfully submitted its Investigational New Drug (IND) application to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to begin a Phase 1 clinical trial for its genetically modified autologous cell therapy for HIV. This milestone was announced on October 18th (read press release).

The event brings together over 370 guests, including life science industry leaders, government, press, and the entire AGT team. It is intended not only to celebrate AGT’s growth and development, but it is meant to celebrate the growing Maryland biotech industry and to energize “DNA Valley,” the cell and gene therapy industry cluster of Maryland.

“We believe in collaborating within our community and industry as we grow. Events like this have the potential to ignite synergies within the industry that will help us accelerate our development of therapies that we hope will save lives,” said CEO Jeff Galvin.

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