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Tedco, Frederick County, NCI, UMass Dartmouth, Biotechnology Industry Organization

Tedco, Frederick County Ink Tech-Transfer Deal with NCI
The Maryland Technology Development Corporation announced last week that it has signed a Partnership Intermediary Agreement with the Frederick County Board of County Commissioners via the Frederick County Office of Economic Development and National Cancer Institute.
According to a statement from Tedco, the goals of the arrangement are to foster cooperative research activities and enhance awareness about technology transfer opportunities between NCI, small businesses, and universities throughout the state of Maryland.
Specifically, NCI will identify to Tedco and Frederick County OED its technological inventions that are available for licensing. In response, Tedco and Frederick County OED will locate local businesses, entrepreneurs, and universities that would be interested in licensing NCI technologies.
NCI will also highlight research and development activities in which small businesses and universities, identified by Tedco and Frederick County OED, can submit proposals describing how their technologies can contribute to NCI’s work. Together, NCI, Frederick County, and Tedco will cooperate in planning and presenting various technology marketing programs and showcases that feature NCI technology and research and development areas of interest, Tedco said.

UMass Dartmouth Opens Research Facility to House National Botulinum Research Center, Additional Labs
UMass Dartmouth last week opened a 22,000-square-foot research building that will focus on science critical to economic development in the region and Massachusetts.
The new facility will be the home of the National Botulinum Research Center and other laboratories focusing on biotechnology, UMass Dartmouth said.
The building strengthens an “innovation triangle” in southeastern Massachusetts that includes major research and development centers in New Bedford and Fall River, UMass Dartmouth said.
The National Botulium Research Center will occupy 50 percent of the new building and includes a BSL 3 laboratory. The center is collaborating with the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, the Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control, Department of Energy, and private industry.

BIO Establishes New Headquarters
The Biotechnology Industry Organization last week said that it has relocated its headquarters to Southwest Washington, DC.
BIO’s headquarters are now located at 1201 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC, 20024. Phone numbers for individual staff have not changed, BIO said.

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.