The all new Fredcobio coming
Posted by Jim H on November 9, 2010
It has been a pretty good year in Fredcobio, I am glad to say, and the end of the year is ramping up to be amazing. Many of you know that I have been working a contract with MedImmune assisting in the validation of the new Frederick Manufacturing Center. That contract ended suddenly 9although it was expected) last week, so now I am back wheeling and dealing and looking at what I am going to do next.
I’ve been neglecting my two start-ups and building on my recent, newly elected status as the
Grand Poobah of Biotech in Frederick first official Biotech Ambassador of the Frederick Chamber of Commerce (which I announced at the last Biobeers). As such, we’ve had a couple of very preliminary meetings with interested parties from the Chamber, OED, FITCI, the City of Frederick and a few other interested partners and I think there are a lot of good things we can do together. Most of these ideas, these delusions of grandeur are just that: ideas. We need to transform our ideas into action and start getting some stuff done.
What do I mean by that? First of all, everyone wants more information about things like funding and where to get it and how much is available, but we also need to start talking more with each other. There are over 50 biotech companies or quasi-government (even “real government”) agencies in Frederick County and we don’t even know what we all do for a living. I’m talking about better networking and business and commerce between just the local companies. Well, that’s a start. What we really need to do is communicate with all of the people at NCI and the various and sun-dried agencies behind the barbed wire fence that is Ft Detrick and find out what they’re doing. Speaking of which, a couple of very newsworth things have popped up on my radar screen over the past couple of days.
One of them is an excellent resource I’ll bet no one is even paying attention to off base, and we should be: Free Lectures at Ft Detrick by various agencies. You can find the whole calendar here: http://is.gd/gS3wv
I used to try to post them, but got tired of doing that and I don’t even think anyone was watching. But as a “for example”, there are at least three different lecture series going on now, the one called CCR Grand Rounds is hosting a lecture Tuesday 11/23 by Frederick R. Appelbaum, M.D. who is the Director, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center entitled “The Grand Challenges of Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation.” How cool does that sound? And did I mention it’s free? Well, not exactly free. I bet some of our tax money is being used somehow. All of the details are here: http://is.gd/gS483
Ansd another thing I thought was interesting, passed along by Frank at SAIC-Frederick is this list of qualifying ”Therapeutic Discovery Project Grants” for the State of Maryland from IRS.gov. The list is pretty long, but I think you’ll recognize for names familiar to Fredcobio such as ImQuest, Akonni, BioElectronics and BioAssay Works. Over $48MM in grants awarded to Maryland over the past 2 years, just on this “qualifying” delineation. My memory tells me more than $1.5BB is being spent at Ft Detrick alone this year (a lot of bricks and mortar as well as research).
I almost forgot to mention the next BioBeers date is set: Friday December 10th. I’m going to be improving the blog and likely moving our LinkedIn and Google groups over to a MeetUp platform in the coming weeks. So stay tuned, Fredcobio campers.