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Inc., has released it's annual list of the 5000 fastest growing companies for 2015. The list commonly known as the “Inc 500” measures the growth of U.S.-based private companies between 2011 and 2014 with a minimum revenue of $100,000 in 2011 and minimum revenue of $2 million for 2014. Inc's revenue tracking requirement for companies started in March 2011.

Executive Chairman of RLJ Lodging Trust (NYSE:RLJ ) filed the following stock transactions with the SEC on August 10, 2015.

Robert Lewis Johnson disposed of RLJ Lodging Trust shares on August 7, 2015, Johnson's transaction was as follows,

Strayer University isn’t the only new lease at 1803 Research Boulevard, the landlord was able lure three additional tenants at the corporate office building being currently under renovations financed by Bethesda-based Eagle Bankcorp.

The entire first floor space of 1803 Research Boulevard has been snatched up by four new tenants. Each floor plate in the building is approximately 20,000 square feet.

A collaboration has formed in Montgomery County’s life sciences industry, Germantown-based Intrexon Corporation (NYSE: XON) and Rockville-based Synthetic Biologics Inc (NYSE: MKT) announced that the two companies will pursue an innovative biotherapeutics treatment for Phenylketonuria.

Phenylketonuria is a rare disease passed down genetically and happens at birth. Infants are born without the ability to properly break down an amino acid called phenylalanine. Symptoms include lighter skin and hair, seizures and abnormal motor and mental skills.

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. declared surprising news during his afternoon media session saying he will retire after the 2015 football season. The announcement was made via It was expected by many that Smith would retire in the next couple of years but nobody expected him to announce retirement so soon and in the middle of training camp.

Germantown, Md-based IntrexonCorporation (NYSE: XON) continues to fuel its growth by buying viable biotechnology companies. This time the bioindustrial focused company has entered an agreement to purchase Oxitec, a spin off from Oxford University in the United Kingdom, founded in 2002.

Oxitec uses genetic engineering to control insect pests and protect crops. The technonolgy is particulary focused on control the mosquitoes and the diseases they spread.

A for-profit university offering post-secondary education services is expanding into a newly renovated building in Montgomery County’s largest office market in North Rockville.

With headquarters in a far-flung suburban area like Herndon, Va, Strayer University has attracted commuters with full-time jobs that require flexibility but also the possibility of earning a degree to boost their career and jobs prospects.

Rockville-based energy engineering company Argan, Inc (NYSE: AGX) is teaming up with Chicago-based Exelon (NYSE: EXC) to pursue a Massachusetts energy plant contract.

Pending approval from Massachusetts regulators, a dual-fuel 200 MW simple cycle peaking power plant could be completed by 2018. Exelon already owns the West Medway Generating Station adjacent to site of the proposed plant.

After much thought and deliberation, the best course of action for Emergent BioSolutions (NYSE: EBS) was to spin-off its’ bioscience business into a separate publicly traded company. The new company doesn’t have a name yet (expected to be announced in early 2016) but the headquarters choice has been selected.