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April 30, 2008
 
 
 
SHOCKING REVELATION: VIRGINIA HAS
BIOTECH!

The nominations are in, and our committee is selecting the "35 Under 35" entrepreneurs of the region. webMethods founder Phillip Merrick and former Netpreneur leader Mary MacPherson are co-chairing the committee. Look for the group to be announced by mid-May; the big party will be June 10. Thanks to our partners: Deloitte, Greenberg Traurig, Cabot Consultants, and Fortune Magazine.

 

We thought Maryland's the biotech place, but whadya' know, last night we found ourselves at the Virginia Biotechnology Association's "after hours" networking event with 75 biotech heavy hitters over cocktails and salmon puffs at the Tower Club. (Besides the excitement of such geographic discoveries, we admit to being lured by the words "after hours" in the title—it just sounds kind of dirty.)

 

New Theranostics Health CEO Danong Chen and Steve Matz of William Gallagher Associates. Danong, who was CEO of Tanox in Houston until a month ago, tells us her company is working on ways to look at protein in cells to better treat diseases. For instance, two people could have the same kind of lung cancer in the same stage, but due to physiological differences need different treatments. Steve, who heads the insurance brokerage firm's Columbia office, hopes to make it to the Kentucky Derby this weekend to cheer on his brother Mike, a noted horse trainer who trained Barbaro.

 

Cary Pharmaceuticals Prez Doug Carey and Appian Realty Managing Partner Dan Gonzalez. Doug tells us his Great Falls- based company is working on two major products: QuitPak, a smoking aid that blocks nicotine receptors in the brain, and a new antidepressant being created with Canada's IntelGenx Corp. When he's not creating the next great drug, Doug's on the links recapturing his glory days as a golfer at Hastings College.

 

Howard Hughes Medical Institute COO Cheryl Moore thinks about hiding behind Foley & Lardner's Ybet Villacorta and GMU Director of Life Science Jerry Coughter. Cheryl says the Institute is studying the brains of flies (flies have brains?) to better understand how humans think. "We want to know what makes a fly think to pull up his feet before landing on a wall instead of crashing into it," Cheryl tells us. On weekends, Cheryl can be found sipping margaritas at Rosa Mexicana. In other news, Jerry tells us he's working to get GMU to build a satellite campus in Loudoun County for 5,000 to 10,000 students. Hope he has some help on that one.

 

Northern Virginia Community College's Dee Martin and Micron's Amy Harris. Micron makes the computer chips for a little product called the iPod, so yeah, business is good. So is, Amy adds, her 7-year-old son's soccer team.

David Stegon is Bisnow's tech guru. He loves to hear compliments, complaints (not really), and story ideas, so call him with any of the above at 703-674-7718 or shoot an email to David@Bisnow.com

 

 

 
 
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