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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

UK Funds to Stay Ahead of Variants

The UK has announced a further £29.3 million to stay on top of SARS-CoV-2 variants, the Guardian reports.

Push for Access

In a letter, researchers in India seek easier access to COVID-19 data, Science reports.

Not as Cold

Late-stage trial results are expected soon for an RNA-based vaccine that could help meet global demand as it does not require very cold storage, the New York Times writes.

Genome Research Papers on Microbes' Effects on Host Transfer RNA, Honeybee Evolution, Single-Cell Histones

In Genome Research this week: influence of microbes on transfer RNA patterns, evolutionary relationships of honeybees, and more.