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July 14, 2008

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20/20 GeneSystems


Web 2.0 always makes us think of MySpace and Facebook, but then we caught up with Department of Transportation CIO Dan Mintz. The holder of a $2 billion IT budget, Dan tells us DOT is using that technology to communicate with everyone from Joe Citizen to Congress: "We can now create a dialogue with our stakeholders like never before." He notes the department writes an external blog, including contributions from Secretary Peters, and several internal sites for employees.


Here is Dan at his spacious office just a short walk from Nats' stadium (he splits season tickets.) Dan says the department (like the rest of the government), aiming to avoid cyber terrorism, is cutting down its number of trusted Internet connections from 27 to four. Since it's in the process of moving all its training literature and other data online, it obviously places huge emphasis on stopping hacker's at water's edge.  But Dan says that, on the assumption hackers might still find a way to break in, additional emphasis needs to be put on what to do then.


Before coming to DOT in May of 2006, the U Md grad was Director for Government Compliance Programs at Sun Microsystems; his team made sure Sun's government projects aligned with federal security, and legal and regulatory requirements. Before Sun, he consulted for numerous companies, including Lockheed. "In the private sector your goals are simple: no matter what, make money," Dan says. "But here there are so many different factors to take into account, from inside the department, to Capitol Hill, the White House and everyday people. It's a balancing act."


With public affairs' Bill Mosley. Dan's a D.C. native and hockey fan: He's had Caps season tickets for almost 30 years. The father of two is also a big theater buff, holding season tickets to several local venues. One of his favorite shows is "Sunday in the Park with George," although only the first act. "The second act is pointless, but the first part is so good it makes up for it." And the theater bug is contagious: One of his daughters is studying acting at NYU, giving Dan an excuse to go see shows on Broadway.



Now that everyone had the weekend to learn tricks on their new iPhone, we thought we'd see what apps some local mobile companies are creating. This image comes from our friends at Germantown-based Weather Bug, who had the Apple Store's fifth most downloaded iPhone app last Thursday, trailing only Apple Remote, Instant Messenger, Facebook and Google Mobile. They provide instant GPS-based weather information from more than 1,000 monitoring stations.


Another company hot on iPhone's trail: Software developer Intridea, based in Potomac. It makes a CrowdSound widget that lets users vote on different aspects of a Web site, allowing the site to know what's working and what's not; now it can now be accessed from the iPhone. Above, Intridea President of Partnerships Barg Upender and Director of Mobile Solutions Brendan Lim. "Users will be able to check in on their site from anywhere," Barg tells us.



We met 20/20 GeneSystems CEO Jonathan Cohen at his Rockville office Friday, and he tells us his company's developing a blood test that can detect lung cancer up to five years before CAT scans. "We hope to have it on the market in two years," Jonathan says. His company's flagship product, 20/20 BioCheck, a five-minute test to see if suspicious powders are biological and perhaps hazardous, is already used by more than 500 fire departments and HAZMAT squads nationwide, along with a number of federal agencies. Jonathan, a former volunteer firefighter, started 20/20 in 2000 after working as a patent lawyer for Vantana Medical Systems and Oncor Inc., raising $4 million from angel investors.

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