MaxCyte Signs Strategic Platform License with Catamaran Bio to Support its CAR-NK Cell Therapy Programs

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MaxCyte, Inc. (Nasdaq: MXCT) (LSE: MXCT), a leading commercial cell-engineering company providing enabling platform technologies to advance innovative cell-based research, as well as next-generation cell therapeutic discovery, development and commercialization, today announced the signing of a strategic platform license (SPL) with Catamaran Bio, Inc.,  a biotechnology company developing novel, off the-shelf chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-NK cell therapies to treat a broad range of cancers, with a primary focus on solid tumors.

MaxCyte Signs Strategic Platform License with Curamys to Enable Cell & Gene Therapies for the Treatment of Rare Intractable Diseases

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MaxCyte, Inc., (NASDAQ: MXCT; LSE: MXCT), a leading, cell-engineering focused company providing enabling platform technologies to advance the discovery, development and commercialization of next-generation cell-based therapeutics and to support innovative, cell-based research, and Curamys, a South Korean biotechnology company that develops cell & gene therapy using cell fusion technology to treat rare intractable diseases, including Duchenne muscular dystrophy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, today announced the signing of a strategic platform license (SPL).

“DNA Valley” Continues to Flourish in Maryland, the Birthplace of the Human Genome Project

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Jeff Galvin, the CEO of American Gene TechnologiesⓇ, one of the leading biotech companies in Maryland, has championed the state as “DNA Valley.” And Galvin should know: he came to Maryland after a successful career in Silicon Valley and sees parallels between the early days of an emerging Silicon Valley and what’s going on today in DNA Valley, which currently stretches from Montgomery County and Frederick, Maryland all the way up to Baltimore.

MaxCyte Signs Strategic Platform License with Vertex Pharmaceuticals to Advance CRISPR/Cas9-based Gene-editing Program

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MaxCyte, Inc., (Nasdaq: MXCT; LSE: MXCT), a leading commercial cell-engineering company focused on providing enabling platform technologies to advance innovative cell-based research as well as next-generation cell therapeutic discovery, development and commercialization, today announces the signing of a strategic platform license (SPL) with Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated, a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation to create transformative medicines for people with serious diseases.

MaxCyte Debuts New State-of-the-Art Headquarters in Maryland’s I-270 Biotech Corridor

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MaxCyte, Inc., (Nasdaq: MXCT; LSE: MXCT), a leading commercial cell-engineering company focused on providing enabling platform technologies to advance innovative cell-based research, as well as next-generation cell therapeutic discovery, development and commercialization, today announced that it has relocated its headquarters to 9713 Key West Avenue in Rockville, Maryland, 20850, within Maryland’s I-270 Biotech Corridor. The Company’s new 67,000 square-foot facility significantly increases its in-house manufacturing capacity, as well as research and process development lab space. This investment represents a major milestone in MaxCyte’s growth and its ability to support customers and partners in their journey through therapeutic development to commercialization.

MaxCyte, Inc. Names Cenk Sumen Chief Scientific Officer

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MaxCyte, Inc., (Nasdaq: MXCT; LSE: MXCT, MXCN), a leading commercial cell-engineering company focused on providing enabling platform technologies to advance innovative cell-based research as well as next-generation cell therapeutic discovery, development and commercialization, today announced Cenk Sumen, Ph.D., as Chief Scientific Officer (CSO). With a proven track record of scientific, technological and business development expertise, Dr. Sumen brings experience in technology, application and platform assessments, the development of commercial partnerships and leading interdepartmental collaboration to accelerate scientific and technical direction.

5 Top Maryland Cell and Gene Therapy Companies Actively Searching for Talent

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The BHCR cluster, in particular, includes a host of emerging and established cell and gene therapy companies, as well one of the deepest and most advanced biomanufacturing infrastructures in the U.S. While the cell and gene therapy industry still faces challenges like high manufacturing costs, high cost per dose to patients and complex supply chain issues, this sector remains very healthy and is continuing to grow rapidly in our region and globally.

“There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills!” – VC Funding Floods BioHealth Capital Region in 2021

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In the third quarter of 2021 alone, more than $400 million of private capital was invested in Maryland businesses. The money went to more than 34 different companies, according to data compiled by PitchBook. The deals brought the state to about $1.6 billion in funding for the first three-fourths of the year and placed Maryland on track to bring in about $2 billion worth of VC funding for the year. That was a significant jump over 2020, when Maryland saw about $1.26 billion in VC funding. For the industry at large in 2020, VC activity in biotechs grew by 45% to $36.6 billion.

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.