Johns Hopkins Tech Transfer Launches Deals on Wheels Program at January BioBuzz
When it came time to generate a little “buzz” for its latest initiative – Deals on Wheels – the Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer office (JHTT) turned to the popular BioBuzz biotechnology industry happy hour series in Montgomery County. And they weren’t disappointed… January’s happy hour drew more than 100 biotech industry professionals who wanted to learn more about the Deals on Wheels program and have an opportunity to network with colleagues.
Deals on Wheels is an innovative program designed to bridge the geographical gap between Johns Hopkins University's researchers in Baltimore and biotech companies and entrepreneurs in Montgomery County. Through Deals on Wheels, technology companies and entrepreneurs in Montgomery County will have the opportunity to connect one-on-one with Johns Hopkins representatives to discover potential partnership opportunities that include, licensing agreements, start-ups, core facilities, sponsored research, material transfer agreements, research collaborations, and clinical trials.
And it’s a program that the County and the University strongly support. So much so, that the launch drew one extremely noteworthy figure: Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett.
“Having a leading research institution like Johns Hopkins University in the County has served as a catalyst for interaction among academia, federal researchers, students and the private-sector for nearly 25 years,” said Leggett at the launch. “The launch of Deals on Wheels by JHU, in conjunction with the County, will serve as a new vehicle to greatly speed up the rate at which we, at the local level, help facilitate a pipeline of license-ready technologies from JHU researchers to our local business community.”
“We are very pleased to launch our Deals on Wheels Program where Johns Hopkins can reach out in measurable and positive ways to the biotechnology community here in Montgomery County,” said Wesley D. Blakeslee, J.D., Executive Director, Johns Hopkins Tech Transfer. “We appreciate County Executive Leggett, Director of Life Sciences Strategies Janis Pitts, and everyone at the Montgomery County Economic Development Office for their support of Johns Hopkins and their dedication to the biotechnology industry.”
Leggett’s appearance was appreciated by many in the audience, including BioBuzz founder Chris Frew, who noted his appreciation of the Executive’s support for the County’s biotech workforce and said he enjoyed hearing about Leggett’s vision for the future.
“I heard so much positive feedback from attendees about the County Executive’s appearance at BioBuzz,” said Elaine Amir, Executive Director, Johns Hopkins Montgomery County.
“The launch of Deals on Wheels is just another example of how the university is living up to its promise to bring more of JHU to Montgomery County in our Memorandum of Understanding with the County,” Amir said.
“BioBuzz is committed to being the social and networking backbone for the biotech industry that the County government, Johns Hopkins University, and TechUSA work so hard to support,” he said.
He also noted that the Deals on Wheels launch happy hour drew BioBuzz’s largest audience yet.
“We’re very happy that so many people are engaging in the group and are as excited about the events each month as we are,” he added.
Frew said the program’s ongoing success and growth confirms the program’s goal: to help create a strong and connected biotech community in the County and in the state. (Frew also runs BioBuzz happy hours in Baltimore.)
“We have a lot of fun events and exciting new things planned for the group this year so please keep coming out and spreading the word,” he said.
The next BioBuzz happy hour, sponsored by the JHU Center for Biotechnology Education, will be on February 22.
Companies and organizations interested in sponsoring BioBuzz happy hours should contact Chris Frew.
Companies interested in getting more information about Deals on Wheels or setting up an appointment should contact the JHU Tech Transfer Office via email or via phone at 410-516-5665.