The Latest on Innovation &
Entrepreneurship in Maryland
March 2020

TEDCO Portfolio Company Spotlight:

Attila Security, a leading provider of solutions that help governments and enterprise secure access to their networks and data, announced today that it has received an investment from TEDCO’s Maryland Venture Fund (MVF) .

TEDCO participated in Attila’s seed round, which was led by Fulton, MD-based DataTribe, and has now followed that up with a $750,000 investment by MVF in the company’s Series A round. Additional investors in the company include Bull City Venture Partners and Blu Venture Investors.

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STEER Tech , a TEDCO Portfolio Company, Receives Award from Howard County Government

Howard County Government is working with local entrepreneurs like STEER Tech's CEO, Dr. Anuja Sonalker, to create a more innovative and efficient government. STEER Tech is currently working with the HCEDA to use the $30K grant to pilot autonomous vehicles to increase efficiency in our inspections process.
TEDCO Attends CONNECTpreneur in Baltimore

Our Interim CEO & Executive Director, Linda Singh , was a featured speaker at the event.

Early Charm Ventures, a venture studio that converts science to business, today announced the launch of a partnership with the Maryland-based Innovators of Progress Scholarship Program, which offers motivated college-age students a competitive opportunity to explore entrepreneurship and develop their business ideas.

Southern Maryland Innovates Presents: Polish Your Pitch!
Thursday, March 12, 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
College of Southern Maryland

How to Finance Your Startup: Advice from Real Angels and VC
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Startup Grind: Product Management UX/UI Design and Engineering
Monday, March 23, 2020
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship

MiHUB AI Symposium
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Morgan State University Student Center

CONNECTpreneur Spring Forum - Live and Virtual
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
American University Washington College of Law

MEDA 2020 Primer for Economic Development in Maryland
Friday, March 27, 2020
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Howard County Economic Development Authority

Digital Transformation Summit
Monday, March 30, 2020
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
University of Maryland

MICA UP/Start Venture Competition 2020 Finale
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Shark Tank: Open Casting Call
Saturday, April 18, 2020
9:00 AM
Salisbury University

4th Annual Maryland Cybersecurity Awards Celebration
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Live! Casino & Hotel

MEDA 2020 Annual Conference
May 3 - 5, 2020
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay
Cambridge, MD

Light Point Security , TEDCO Portfolio Company, acquired by McAfee to Extend MVISION Unified Cloud Edge (UCE) Capabilities for Secure Access Service Edge (SASE)

McAfee, the device-to-cloud cybersecurity company, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Light Point Security, LLC , an award-winning pioneer of  browser isolation . Upon the close of the acquisition, the Light Point Security team will join McAfee.

Linshom Announces FDA Clearance of the Linshom Respiratory Monitoring Device (LRMD)

Linshom announced today U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of the company’s first product, a small, non-invasive respiratory monitor that addresses the growing need for continuous respiratory monitoring for patients susceptible to respiratory depression and compromise. 

Fighting Acne: A New Approach Sourced From Viruses

Over 80% of adolescents and an increasing number of adults are affected by acne vulgaris—commonly known as “acne”—a skin condition caused by the Cutibacterium acnes bacteria (formerly Propionibacterium acnes). The  Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research  (IBBR) recently received a Technology Assessment award from the Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII), as part of the Innovation Commercialization Program at  TEDCO , to support work on a new approach to targeting C. acnes. IBBR Fellow Dr. Daniel Nelson (Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Maryland, College Park) will lead the project.

Sensing an opportunity to improve wind energy: TEDCO's Maryland Innovation Initiative and bwtech help UMBC faculty commercialize their research

Wind turbines are massive, with a single turbine blade measuring up to 350 feet (about 110 meters), longer than the wingspan of some commercial airplanes. At its highest point, a blade can be 850 feet (260 meters) off the ground, almost reaching the height of Eiffel Tower. When UMBC engineer Soobum Lee looks up at these turbines, generating energy in fields and even offshore, he thinks about their size as an enormous opportunity, and also a challenge.

TEDCO Portfolio Company, Adaptive Phage Therpeutics' CEO, Greg Merrill, speaks on NPR

As bacteria evolve to become more resistant to antibiotics, dangerous infections are taking their toll on human lives. We hear from John Haverty who, after knee replacement surgery generated an unrelenting infection ... found himself facing amputation of his leg. Enter a new treatment called 'phage therapy' and Greg Merril, CEO and co-founder of  Adaptive Phage Therapeutics  in Gaithersburg. He explains how phages devour bacteria and the treatment that ultimately saved Haverty’s leg.

InferCabulary , a TEDCO portfolio company, won the LearnLaunch 2020 Pitch Competition

The visual vocabulary tool was awarded $25,000 in Google credit in recognition of its innovative approach as it moves into its next stage of growth.

TEDCO MII Awardee Russell Taylor one of two from The Johns Hopkins University named to National Academy of Engineering

Johns Hopkins chemical and biomolecular engineer  Yannis Kevrekidis  and computer scientist  Russell Taylor  have been named to the  National Academy of Engineering , a career distinction that recognizes the most accomplished engineers in the world. They are among 87 new members and 18 international members selected for the honor this year.

View Morgan State University's Magazine

Featured on pages 16-17 is our TEDCO Board Member, Omar Muhammad.

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