​​HIV Functional Cure Momentum Builds as American Gene Technologies Approaches Data Readout

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After achieving several important clinical milestones, momentum and excitement has been building for months around the company’s lead pipeline candidate AGT103-T, which is a potential HIV functional cure. In the coming months, the company expects to have the latest data readout for its Phase I trial. AGT103-T is a single-dose HIV gene therapy that could potentially replace antiretroviral therapy (ART) with a functional cure.

Ellume’s COVID-19 Home Test Automatically Reports Depersonalized Test Results to HHS and State Health Departments to Better Track Virus Spread 

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With the rise of at-home testing and a recent increase of COVID-19 cases across the United States, public health officials have expressed concern about an undercounting of cases and a lack of data that may hamper America’s pandemic response. Digital diagnostics company Ellume is today highlighting its COVID-19 Home Test’s automatic reporting function that enables test results to be securely shared with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and State Health Departments – allowing for real-time insights into pandemic trends. The resulting data is deidentified and encrypted to protect consumer identity and privacy. 

Ellume to Showcase Numerous Job Opportunities at Upcoming Career Fair

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The company that has its roots in Australia has rapidly expanded its presence in Maryland, recently celebrating the grand opening of its 215,000-square-foot production facility in Frederick. Driven by the need to produce its at-home COVID-19 diagnostics device, the site opened less than one year after signing a lease for the space. And now, with the new location open to produce COVID-19 tests, the company is ready to fill numerous positions at the production facility. Ellume will host an on-site career fair at its Frederick facility on April 26 in order to recruit high-quality candidates who are attracted to the company’s mission and culture.

Frederick County launches second Biotech Bootcamp after first round’s success

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Several biotech companies worked with Frederick to design the Biotech Bootcamp curriculum and interviewed participants after the month-long program, which they will do again this round. Of the 14 students who completed the first Biotech Bootcamp, ten have landed positions at Frederick County biotech companies, including Lonza, Ellume, and Kite Pharma. Some also accepted positions at Rockville-based Meso Scale Diagnostics. 

Ellume Celebrates Grand Opening of First American Facility in Frederick, MD

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Governor Larry Hogan joined dozens of attendees at Ellume’s grand opening in Frederick on March 31 to welcome the diagnostics manufacturer to Frederick County. Ellume’s 215,000-square-foot production facility on Executive Way has been up and running since February 2022, only ten months after the company signed a lease with Matan Properties. 

Ellume / QIAGEN Partnership is Making Tuberculosis Testing More Accessible

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In 2019, Ellume announced its global partnership with QIAGEN to make testing more accessible by developing a new version of the QuantiFERON test, called QIAreach™ QFT. This technology, which is about half the size of a laptop and battery-operated, combines Ellume’s ultrasensitive digital detection technology with a complete testing workflow that can test up to eight samples simultaneously. Further, it can detect active infections as well as latent infections before progression to illness and further spread.  This early detection can allow for the correct measures and treatments to be applied and increase the effectiveness of TB programs. 

Maryland Real Estate Roundup 2021

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This year, Maryland continued to prove why it’s becoming one of the strongest biohealth clusters in the country. The state’s commitment to businesses in the life science, pharmaceutical, and biotech industries has continued as both the private and public sectors work to meet the demand for more space. Here are a few of the biggest real estate projects in Maryland in 2021. Some of these projects are still under construction, while others were unveiled this year. 

Meet Your 2021 BioBuzz Award Winners

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Today, we are excited to announce the winners of our 2nd Annual BioBuzz Awards. The BioBuzz Awards are a celebration of the exciting and groundbreaking work being done by the BioHealth Capital Region (BHCR) life science community and the individuals that make innovation happen across Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

2021 BioBuzz Awards Finalists

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We’re excited to announce this year’s finalists for the second annual 2021 BioBuzz Awards. These awards celebrate the people and companies across our regional community and their efforts and accomplishments to impact human health and build a stronger biotech community.

Relocating to Frederick, MD for a BioTech Job

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Frederick, Maryland has its fair share of impressive features: it’s just 40 miles from both Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, it’s home to more than 10 craft breweries, and it’s also the site of over 80 biotech businesses.