Author: Hanju Lee

Anchor Ventures

Anchor Ventures: The New Fabric of Baltimore

Anchor Ventures: The New Fabric of Baltimore

 

The panel, moderated by Ken Malone, co-founder of Early Charm Ventures, featured Paul Campbell of W. L. Gore & Associates, Randy Harward, of Under Armour and Sammy Hoi of MICA

The September Anchor Ventures event, the sixth in the TEDCO-funded series, was sold out, drawing a crowd of over 200 people to celebrate the concentration of innovation activity related to “Smart Garments” and other applications of technology in apparel.

The evening provided an opportunity to reflect on the textile mills that built Baltimore and to look ahead to the mills of tomorrow that will be filled with smart garments, technical textiles and wearables.

Attendees were able to visit a wide range of displays by fourteen companies showcasing athletic apparel, high fashion and medical devices made with functional textiles. These included At Night Athletic, Baltimore Museum of Industry, ClearMask (which previous won JHTV’s Social Innovation Lab cohort prize), DiPole, Fashions Unlimited, Force Smart Glove, Integrated Pharma Services, MICA, Nano Direct, Next Step Robotics, Harbor Designs, Semforex, Tanzen and Think Biosolution.

The panel, moderated by Ken Malone, co-founder of Early Charm Ventures, featured Paul Campbell of W. L. Gore & Associates, Randy Harward, of Under Armour and Sammy Hoi of MICA. This representation by academic and industry was reflective of the very spirit of Anchor Ventures as a collaborative ecosystem event.

A collaboration between Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures, UM Ventures and the University System of Maryland, Anchor Ventures is a speaker series aimed at inspiring and supporting the development of startups and other technology companies across Maryland. It is based on the Venture Café model that started in Boston and has led to an entrepreneurial groundswell in cities across the nation. The next Anchor Ventures event, “Cybersecurity Issues in Healthcare,” will explore and celebrate the cybersecurity industry in Maryland on Thursday, October 11.

Awards

Hopkins faculty and startups receive translational funding from TEDCO

Hopkins faculty and startups receive translational funding from TEDCO

This summer, two Hopkins faculty members and two Hopkins startups will receive funding from the Maryland Innovation Initiative (“MII”) to commercialize promising technologies.

MII is a partnership between the state of Maryland and five of the state’s academic research institutions to promote the commercialization of research and is operated by TEDCO. The program fosters the transition of technologies having significant commercial potential from participating universities, including The Johns Hopkins University, to the commercial sector by funding technology validation, market assessment and the creation of start-up companies in Maryland.

Funding decisions are made every two months, and teams can apply for projects in the Technology Assessment phase or the Company Formation phase.

In this cycle, Dr. Peter Searson, Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering, and Dr. Harry Larman, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, have received Technology Assessment awards of $115,000 each. Searson is developing a high-efficiency sensor for cystic fibrosis monitoring that can diagnose electrolyte imbalance in real time.

Larman’s technology will address a critical unmet need for multiplexed 3 molecular analysis of the tumor microenvironment, which they expect will translate into improved implementation of precision immuno-oncology.

Sonoval LLC and Renalert LLC will both receive Company Formation awards of $150,000 each. Sonoval is developing a breakthrough anti-cancer biologic drug therapy for the treatment of a variety of T cell lymphomas and major solid tumors.

Renalert is developing the Renalert System to provide early detection of the onset of acute kidney injury through novel analysis of a patient’s urine output, blood pressure and oxygenation status.

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