Bring your best ideas to the neuro start-up challenge

The National Institutes of Health, Center for Advancing Innovation and the Heritage Provider Network have set up a business plan and biotech start-up “challenge” for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with bright ideas to commercialize neuro-related inventions. Similar to last year’s Breast Cancer Challenge, the inventions are derived from the NIH intramural portfolio.

neurochallengThe Challenge will feature 16 brain related inventions (including various neurological diseases and cancer) that have commercial viability and are important to public health, with the primary goal being to stimulate the creation of start-up businesses based upon these inventions.  Letters of Intent will be accepted until November 30, 2014.

This is a fantastic opportunity for graduate students, post-docs, entrepreneurs and others interested in making an impact on brain health to join the challenge, learn the business of science, be an entrepreneur and have the opportunity to raise seed funding.

More information about this challenge can be found at this link or by contacting Rosemarie Truman at rt@ thecenterforadvancinginnovation.org, 202-438-2208. The Neuro Start-up Challenge is also on Facebook at this link.

Save the date for Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology’s annual symposium “Neuro-X,” May 1, 2015 in the Owens Auditorium at the Johns Hopkins medical campus. More details can be found at our Facebook event page.

For all press inquiries regarding INBT, its faculty and programs, contact Mary Spiro, mspiro@jhu.edu or 410-516-4802.

ChemBE seminar focuses on cancer research innovation

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering’s  scheduled Thursday, October 10 seminar will continue as planned at 3:30 PM in Maryland Hall 110. Jerry Lee, the Health Sciences Director at the National Cancer Institute (National Institutes of Health) will present his lecture “Advancing Convergence and Innovation in Cancer Research: National Cancer Institute Center for Strategic Scientific Initiatives (CSSI).”  A small reception will follow in Maryland Hall 109.

Jerry Lee

Jerry S.H. Lee, Ph.D

ABSTRACT

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Center for Strategic Scientific Initiatives (CSSI) is a component of the NCI’s Office of the Director focused on emerging advanced technologies that have the potential of uniquely impacting the full spectrum of cancer basic and clinical research. The Center is tasked with planning, developing, executing, and implementing rapid strategic scientific and technology initiatives that keep the Institute ahead of the scientific curve with respect to potential new exciting areas and discoveries. This may involve direct development and application of advanced technologies, synergy of large scale and individual initiated research, and/or using available federal mechanisms to forge novel partnerships that emphasize innovation, trans-disciplinary teams and convergence of scientific disciplines. With an emphasis on complementing the scientific efforts of other NCI divisions, CSSI’s efforts seek to enable the translation of discoveries into new interventions, both domestically and in the international arena, to detect, prevent and treat cancer more effectively. This presentation will highlight various programs and their associated accomplishments within CSSI’s broad scientific portfolio of programs (Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Consortium, Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer, Physical Sciences-Oncology Centers, Innovative Molecular Analysis Technologies, and Provocative Questions) and describe future directions and opportunities.

FLC event focuses on Maryland technology

Screen Shot 2013-02-04 at 10.59.42 AMMaryland Technology Past, Present and Future is the topic of a day-long symposium, February 28 at the National Electronics Museum hosted by the Federal Laboratory Consortium Mid-Atlantic Region.

The FLC is a national organization chartered by Congress to foster technology transfer from federal research laboratories and field centers, to other federal agencies; state and local government; academia and the private sector. One of the regional consortium’s efforts has been to conduct a series of one-day forums that highlight specific areas of technology and encourage collaboration and partnership development with federal labs.

Registration is $25 and includes refreshments and lunch. Registration deadline is February 15 and can be made online at this link.

The National Electronics Museum is located at 1745 West Nursery Road in Linthicum, Md. The symposium begins with registration at 8:15 a.m. and adjourns at 3:45 p.m.

In addition to the presentations, the day will offer the opportunity to meet scientists from the regions National Labs such as NASA, NIST, NIH and Goddard as well as representatives of local industry. In addition to the FLC Mid-Atlantic Region, participating organizations for this symposium include Johns Hopkins University and TEDCO.

For further information or if you have difficulty accessing the registration site, please contact John Emond at 301-384-2809 or johnlamaremond@aol.com. You may also contact INBT’s director of corporate partnerships, Tom Fekete at 410-516-8891 or tmfeke@jhu.edu.

A flyer and agenda for the event are below:

Maryland Technology Day Agenda

Maryland Technology Day Flyer