Meet Our Clients: Jeff Strovel, CEO of VERALOX Therapeutics

Thrombocytopenia is a big word that can carry big consequences for those struggling with rare blood disorders, especially among those using heparin to treat and prevent blood clots. And for Jeff Strovel, it’s a personal as well as scientific challenge: he lost his father to complications from the disorder. VERALOX Therapeutics, which Dr. Strovel co-founded with COO Matthew Boxer and CSO David Maloney, is focused on developing a small molecule therapeutic that targets heparin-induced thrombocytopenia & thrombosis. The good news is that VERALOX has made significant progress on this effort. The company’s drug is the only one that specifically targets the root cause of this blood disorder and will be a…

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Meet Our Clients: Todd Lizambri, Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder of IndusIntel

With degrees in electrical and computer engineering, a stint at Cisco working on enterprise software and network management, and kids almost ready to leave the nest, education, professional experience, and life-timing came together for Todd Lizambri and a start-up. Along with two former Cisco colleagues in California (“They’re in San Jose, so they figured they needed a start up,” he jokes), Todd founded IndusIntel, which brings the capabilities of the Internet of Things (IoT) to the world of industrial manufacturing. The company supports the new era of manufacturing, known as Manufacturing 4.0 (advanced, technologically based), which requires hardware and software capabilities to measure and reveal the state of quality and functionality…

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Meet Our Clients: Dr. Thomas Hart, Director of ADA Foundation/Volpe Research Center

Dr. Tom Hart is working to bring innovation and partnerships to a nearly 100 year old institution: the research arm of the American Dental Association’s Foundation, which develops and sets standards for dental products for industry practitioners. Housed in the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST), where the ADA Foundation’s Volpe Research Center has had a long standing CRADA (Cooperative Research and Development Agreement), Dr. Hart has led NIST-based initiatives to transfer basic science knowledge to dental practice. So why has such a longstanding institution come to FITCI?  According to Dr. Hart, the affiliation with FITCI is part of a broad effort to develop new materials with anti-microbial properties…

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Meet Our Clients – Phil Yang, The Principal of Oaiscell Biotechnologies

Phil Yang’s passion is translating basic science to life-saving medicine. With a Ph.D in Immunology from Duke University, and numerous academic publications, Dr. Yang is now at FITCI working on a next generation protein purification system that quickly produces a large amount of native, non-tagged proteins. The current process to purify native, non-tagged proteins is tedious and time consuming, requiring several steps of Ion Exchange HPLC, Gel Filtration etc. To simplify protein purification, Dr. Yang and his collaborator developed a novel protein purification system. The system utilizes an immobilized, extensively engineered protease that recognizes and binds strongly to the Profinity tag that is fused to the N-terminus of the target…

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Meet Our Clients: Will Sykora, Founder of Covailnt

It was a new home with wells that went dry that ultimately led Will Sykora to create Covailnt, a tech start-up focused on creating a validation platform for tech freelancers to connect with each other and potential clients. To cope with the unexpected cost of connecting to a municipal water system, Will moonlighted as a design consultant while working a 9-5, eventually ending up at T. Rowe Price as a UX designer. Working both day and night jobs meant he needed to be as effective and efficient as possible, including when it came to vetting prospective partners to meet client needs. When the people he had confidence in were busy, Will needed…

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Meet Our Clients: Dr. Olena Lar – Founder & CEO of Molecular Tools

As a young girl growing up in rural Ukraine, Dr. Olena Lar always thought of herself as a future scientist. She was particularly inspired by the books she read as a ten and eleven year old– futuristic science fiction written for adults–whose protagonists served as role models for the Greek ideal of a well-rounded citizen, versed in both science and the arts. After receiving her Ph.D in Molecular Genetics at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics in Kiev, Dr. Lar came to the U.S. for a post-doc in Michigan and eventually settled in the Washington, D.C. area. Her company, Molecular Tools, develops new bioassays for researchers and clinical labs,…

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FITCI awarded with TEDCO $10K Incubation Assistance Grant

Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Inc. (FITCI) has been awarded the TEDCO funded, and Maryland Business Incubation Association (MBIA) administered, Incubator Business Assistance Grant (IBAG). The IBAG grant was awarded in the full requested amount of $10,000.00, and will be used to support FITCI’s members with grant writing projects. FITCI was awarded this grant in 2017…

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FITCI and clients at the RESI Global Partnering Conference in Boston

The staff and clients of Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Inc had an entertaining and educational visit to Boston’s Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI) 2018 conference. Mesa Science, RebuImmunity, Theradaptive, RoosterBio and Abilis Life Sciences joined FITCI’s CEO Kathie Callahan Brady and EA Kelly Tinlin in showcasing their companies’ latest innovations and connecting with valuable resources…

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FITCI Launches New Website

We are excited to announce the launch of FITCI’S brand new website! Our intention with this newly developed website is to provide our current and prospective clients, friends and Frederick community an improved and user-friendlier browsing experience. As our CEO, Kathie Callahan Brady, pointed out, “this website is long overdue but I feel that this…

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