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Next BioBeers 24 April at ImQuest – It’s a Spring thing!

Posted by Jim H on April 8, 2015

The next BioBeers on Friday 24 April at ImQuest will be a celebration of spring!  With blooming of crocus and tulips and the emergence hops from the soil, Biotechnology is booming in Frederick County.

So please wear your gaudiest Life in the Islands themed threads.  You are  encouraged to wear your Jimmy Buffet, Key West best.  We’ll make sure to have some good Key Lime Pie on hand for dessert.

Also, a call for anyone who would like to contribute through sponsoring via the provision of cash, prizes, contraband and promotional material (or just buying some of the food or beverages!) is always welcome.  In return, you can bring you propaganda and give a talk about your goods and services or remain anonymous.  Drop me an email if you’re interested

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BioBeers 2015: Friday January 30th at Mount St. Mary’s Frederick

Posted by Jim H on January 12, 2015

The Next BioBeers is Friday 30 January at Mount St. Mary’s Frederick campus, behind the new Wawa in the FSK Mall area.    It has been a busy msmu logowinter for me and  I remain overwhelmed by your  BioBeers logocontinued presence and enthusiasm.  I was working a contract in Toronto and when it got too cold I decided to take a new contract in Bangalore, India.  I left New Years day and expect to return to Frederick on 02 February, so I am gong to miss this one.

If it makes you feel any better, the weather today was only 24° and it’s getting down to 13° tonight. Centigrade. Sorry…

Matt at the Mount is very excited about having you all back, again.  Please either RSVP via the MeetUp group or on LinkedIn group site.   I hope you can all come out!

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Next BioBeers at FITCI Sumer Networking on the Patio: Tuesday 26 August

Posted by Jim H on August 14, 2014

The Next BioBeers is Tuesday, August 26th at FITCI as a part of their Summer Networking Series.    It has been a busy summer of BioBeers and I am overwhelmed at your fitci logo 2011 BioBeers logocontinued presence and enthusiasm. Unfortunately, I    logo_manpower  will not be there since I am working a contract in Toronto, so I need some help.  I need a couple volunteers to pick up kegs from Barley & Hops, set them up and then dro them back off at Barley & Hops.  I’ll buy you a beer for volunteering.

Our sponsors this time around are FITCI, the place Biobeers started, ManPower and Mesa Science Associates

FITCI has an RSVP page, so kindly RSVP HERE.  And if you can help with getting the beer and taking empty kegs back, please let me know

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Next BioBeers Thursday June 12th at ImQuest

Posted by Jim H on June 3, 2014

It’s going to be a busy summer of BioBeers – June BioBeers is celebrating ImQuest’s 10 Year Anniversary.  The event begins with a host of locImageal FredCo Political officials and regional biotech celebrities and then BioBeers will commence at about 4:30 PM, as usual.  The event promises active networking, free beer and munchies and even live music!

I will not be able to attend since I am working in Canada for an extend ed period of time (I hope).  I’ll be setting things up the next event in July, too.  

But lets focus on get this event next week at ImQuest.  The address is 7340 Executive Way, Suite R, Frederick, MD 21704 and the time is from 4:30 until about 7 PM.

I hope y’all can attend!

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Next BioBeers at Mt St. Mary’s Frederick Campus Friday May 9th

Posted by Jim H on April 15, 2014

Let the good times roll! We took a month off, but we’re ready for BioBeers May 9th at Mt St Mary’s Frederick Campus at 5350 Spectrum Drive, Frederick, MD 21703. It’s behind the Sleep Inn at the FSK Mall off 355 across from Target.  Anyone who heads to Emmitsburg probably doesn’t need to drink good beer anyway!

msmu logo Biobeers is being hosted by the “Biotechnology and Management program at Mount St. Mary’s University. The master of science degree in Biotechnology and Management (MSB) at Mount St. Mary’s University is a cross disciplinary degree program, designed to complement the scientist’s ability to discuss rational product design and the experimental processes with the skills necessary for a career in product development, marketing, and personnel management. As a graduate of this program, you will serve as a vital link between biotechnology research and development and the process of moving products to market.
This 36 credit program is unique in that it provides a strong foundation in biological content knowledge and core business courses in addition to the crossover courses. Following a cohort model, graduate students take eight week courses that meet one night a week from 6-9:30 p.m. at the Mount’s Frederick campus.

The website address is

Hope to see you all there. As always, best to RSVP via MeetUp or LinkedIn sites.

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ISPE Vendor Night

Posted by Jim H on March 10, 2014

Another new event announcement for all of Fredcobio readers:  ISPE (International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers) Chesapeake Bay Area Chapter in conjunction with our sister entity BioBuzz is hosting Vendor Night on April 30th from 3-7 PM at The Universities at Shady Grove, 9360 Gudelsky Dr. in Rockville.

  The e3ven promioses 4 hours of networking, Guest Speakers, recruitment opportunities, door prizes, drawings for door prizes, food and beverages.  The event is FREE if you register in advance or $10 at the door on the day of the event.

If you are an interested vendor, you can buy a Display Table or Sponsorships are available for Food, Dessert or the  Grand Prize drawing for $1000.



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Rooster Bio sets up shop in Frederick County

Posted by Jim H on March 1, 2014

I have been neglecting my duties as the Blog administrator for some time now.  Ironically, I got busy working out of town.  All I have posted about in about a year is BioBeers.  The page with the links to Frederick County Biotech Companies is woefully out of date and I promise to either start working on it or just kill it altogether. 

One thing I like to brag about is how deeply rooted Frederick County is in the emerging field of Stem Cells.   The newest addition to companies focused on Stem Cells is Rooster Bio.  As they state on their Blog site “the company founded in 2013 and focused on the simplification of translating cell therapy and tissue engineering technologies into the clinic and onto the market. Regenerative medicine (RegenMed) is showing great promise in the clinic, but the cost, availability, and standardization of the cellular materials from which researchers can perform experiments and clinical trials is holding the field back.  RoosterBio is designing products to help to quicken the pace of research and development to help build a robust and sustainable RegenMed industry which will lead to more rapid and wide-spread implementation of life saving therapies. Furthermore, the field of Synthetic Biology is providing a framework from which to begin designing standardized biological components, and we are very interested in marrying the fields of Cell and Tissue Engineering with Synthetic Biology in order to further our cause.”

Their rapid emergence in the market is riding on the hopes of their proprietary media formulation which greatly reduces the time it takes to produce enough stem cells for clinical and therapeutic relevance.  They’re also targeting the Synthetic Biology market by going after explosive “3D printing” technologies, selling 10 million cells per vial at a cost significantly below their competitors and giving them media to expand the cells in 1/3 the time it takes in traditional stem cell media.

There is an interesting story to be told about Rooster Bio.  To start, I got to know one of the founders, Jon Rowley, long before he moved to Frederick to help jump start Lonza-Walkersville’s Cell Therapy unit.  He was a blogger back in 2006 when I started Fredcobio while he was working at Aastrom in Michigan.   He posted a blog about the emergance of placental stem cells (which I was PS ECS 2.3.14working on ) and about Celgene’s place in the market with it’s growing patent portfolio and how one could get around their patents by using “non-exsanguinated” placenta.  Funny thing is that I had already done that, so we started chatting and not much later, Jon was on his way to Maryland.  I remeber when he came to Maryland he visited me in my new lab at the Frederick Innovative Technology Center (FITCI).  He liked it so much, especially my nice view of the Monocacy River out the office window, that’s where Rooster Bio is now located, even using the office I used to occupy.  I visited Jon and co-founder Uplaksh Kumar, whom Jon met through BioBeers as well as working with him at Lonza.  They’re going to assess some placental MSC’s I’ve been working in collaboration with FiberCell systems. The image of cells above is our placental MSC’s culled from a FiberCell Polysulfone cartridge after 3 weeks in perfusion HF culture.

The connections don’t stop there.  I found out that Rooster’s Advisory Board has  Andras Forgacs of Modern Meadow and Rob Carlson of Biodesic and the Synthesis blog who is getting a lot of name recognition for his book “Biology is Technology.”  I met Andras in San Francisco in September at the SynBio Beta conference and have been in conversation with his team about making “cultured” leather products.  Rob was on my LavaAmp team and devoted most of one chapter of his book to our LavaAmp project, which is sadly now in moth balls in Chile, but that is a whole diffferent story I have to write one day.

Welcome to Frederick Rooster Bio.  Live Longer and Prosper!

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Next BioBeers March 21st at Bridgepath Scientific

Posted by Jim H on March 1, 2014

I have had so many requests for hosting events I think I will be having MONTHLY BioBeers events throughout 2014 (at least as long as I am in town)!! Bridge-Path-sci-262x138 The next event is going to be held THIS FRIDAY at Bridgepath Scientific at 4841 International Blvd., Suite 105,Frederick, MD 21703.  It’s right behind aka Frisco’s off Wedgewood or turn right on Executive Way at Rt 85 and make the first left where Qiagen is.

A shout out to our Sponsors Matan for buying Frisco’s food and Matan_Logo_hi-res_png_300dpi_RGB and new sponsors Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP all the way from Arlington VA to give a talk about IP law and the FDA and the Shawn Connelly Family farm for buying the beer.
If you are able and interested in the benefits of sponsoring, please let me know by sending an email to  As usual, it’s best to RSVP via the MeetUp group or by liking the LinkedIn post.

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Next BioBeers Friday Feb 21st at ImQuest

Posted by Jim H on February 10, 2014

Hear ye, Hear ye.   The next BioBeers will be Friday Feb 21st at ImQuest.  They are celebrating another anniversary in Frederick County Biotech and would like you to join us for good old Frisco’s food and beer from Barley & Hops.  BioBeers logo The familiar venue is at ImQuest (7340 Executive Way Suite R 21704) on Friday, February 21st from 4:30 until 7:30 PM.

As always, best to RSVP via the MeetUp Group or just like the post on the LinkedIn site

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2014 BioBeers At BioStat Solutions new facility in Frederick!

Posted by Jim H on January 7, 2014

Ring out the old. Invite in the new. As we say goodbye to one year, we can look forward to the hope and possibilities of another one. And with the New Year, BioStat Solutions, Inc. (BSSI) is celebrating the opening of their new office in Frederick!  Print

Please join us on January 17, 2014, 4:30-7:30 PM for BioBeers at 5280 Corporate Drive, Suite C200, Frederick MD, 21703.

We’re also going to be announcing another BioBeers in February at ImQuest. If you’re interested and able to sponsor or host future events, email me or leave a message somewhere like MeetUp or LinkedIn  

As usual, it’s best to RSVP via MeetUp, by leaving a reply here or sending me an email to .

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