Jay A. Perman, MD, Ted Olsen and Marco A. Chacon, PhD, have been appointed
to the Maryland Life Sciences Advisory Board

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Leaders from UM BioPark Tenant Companies Appointed to State Life Sciences Advisory Board

The Maryland Department of Commerce has a new slate of advisors supporting its activities to grow the biotechnology and health technology industry sectors in the state. Sixteen leaders from key federal, academic and industry organizations have been appointed by Governor Larry Hogan to the Maryland Life Sciences Advisory Board (LSAB), the department announced in a Jan. 13 release.

Jay A. Perman, MD, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), and the heads of two University of Maryland BioPark tenant companies are among the appointees. Tenant representatives include Marco A. Chacon, PhD, founder and CEO of Paragon Bioservices, Inc., and Ted Olsen, president and chief executive officer of PathSensors, Inc. Read more.

Recent News

BaltSun - University of maryland school of medicine researchers are studying a rare form of diabetes

Sophia Baratta thought she was in the best shape of her life until a doctor diagnosed her with pre-diabetes after tests showed elevated levels of glucose in her blood.

At the time, the 29-year-old spend grueling hours in the gym preparing for amateur kickboxing competitions. The doctor ordered the Baltimore kindergarten teacher to watch what she ate after the diagnosis, but Baratta already followed a strict diet as part of her training regimen that focused on lean proteins, vegetables and no sugar.

"It just didn't make any sense," said Baratta, who was first told she had high sugar levels in college.

A simple genetic test eventually explained what was happening. University of Maryland School of Medicine geneticists found Baratta suffers from a rare form of diabetes. Read more via the Baltimore Sun.


Chronic pain is "a hidden epidemic," according to guest speaker William Maixner, DDS, PhD, of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, as he opened the inaugural symposium of the UMB Center to Advance Chronic Pain Research (CACPR) on Dec. 14.

The meeting in the UM BioPark showcased talks by two leading chronic pain researchers. Claire Fraser, PhD, professor at the UM School of Medicine and director of its Institute for Genome Sciences, spoke on her research on the human microbiome. Read more via UMB News.

Pathsensors awarded contract from u.s. department of homeland security

PathSensors, Inc. has been awarded a new firm fixed price contract through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the design and development of a CANARY® detection system for biosecurity. The focus of phase I of this research contract will be on the development of biosensors for Abrin and Ebola. The research supported by this contract will further enhance the robustness of the CANARY® technology. Read more.

paragon bioservices selected by iavi for manufacture of hiv vaccine candidate

Paragon Bioservices has been awarded a contract by the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) for the process development, analytical development and cGMP manufacturing of a promising HIV vaccine candidate that will undergo animal and, subsequently, clinical testing.

In findings reported in June, researched showed that an experimental vaccine candidate could stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies that, if further matured, could potentially block HIV infection in mice. Read more.

Recent Events

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 // 5:00pm - 6:30pm

New Date: Science in the city

Location: UM BioPark

For nearly five years, the monthly gathering of friends and colleagues of the BioPark we call Science in the City has been an engaging two-hour food and beer/wine event.  The 2016 calendar of events will reflect a new twist on this well-attended happy hour with a burst of activity starting at 5:00 p.m. wrapping up at 6:30 p.m., salty snacks with the same drink options.  We’ll take the savings we realize from this new format and invest in some high impact projects right here in our neighborhood. “Science in the City…For the City” will launch anew on Wednesday, February 3rd. Please join and network, connect and renew your entrepreneurial spirit mixing with the leadership of the university and the technology community that is the BioPark. Hope to see you then. Click here to register.

February 3, 2016 // 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Dr. martin luther king jr. and black history month commemoration

Location: University of Maryland, Baltimore - MSTF

Join Dr. Perman and welcome former Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert M. Bell as the keynote speaker for the event. Click here to register.

February 4, 2016 // 7:30am - 9:30pm

tcm roundtable: executive breakfast club

Location: UM BioPark

The roundtable will be led by TEDCO’s president and executive director, Robert Rosenbaum, and managing director of the Maryland Venture Fund, Andy Jones. Robert and Andy draw on their combined experience in building high performance teams and growing companies in their roles as trusted advisors to Maryland’s entrepreneurial community. Click here to register.

February 11, 2016 // 7:30pm - 9:30pm

umb night at everyman theatre "under the skin"

Location: Everyman Theater, Baltimore

"Under the Skin" by Michael Hollinger and directed by Vincent M. Lancisi is about a sick father, his estranged daughter, and a kidney-donating stranger in this tangled love story that explores what it means to give part of yourself to someone else. Discounted tickets to UMB and BioPark tenants are $28! Click here to buy tickets.

February 19, 2016 // 12:00pm - 1:30pm

lunch for hungry minds

Location: UM BioPark

Lunch-and-learn with BioPark tenant Bruce Artman, Vice President of Research and Development, SoluGenesis Research, LLC. Click here to register.

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