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February 12, 2015

Screams of foul play have echoed from the county to state level in the ranks of the democratic leadership. The opposition is aimed squarely at the brand new republican Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan.

‘Mass Exodus’ has been the word on the political streets for the past two weeks in Maryland’s state capital Annapolis. Screams of foul play have echoed from the county to state level in the ranks of the democratic leadership. The opposition is aimed squarely at the brand new republican Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan.

April 4, 2014

If you are a young professional working in Washington, D.C., one thing you’ve probably noticed by now is that there is a fairly large gap between your monthly income and the city’s monthly rent requirements. Not everyone can afford the “luxury” apartments in Foggy Bottom, Georgetown, or Dupont Circle; so what’s a cash-strapped young professional to do?

March 14, 2014

We recently released an article about the Top 5 Worst Markets for Office Space in the D.C. area. Those areas had the highest vacancy rates in the Washington, D.C. area according to a Transwestern report.

Demand for Class-C and Class-B office space is at near all-time lows and at the same time tenants are adamant about leasing Class-A office space. In some sub markets the demand is so great that Class-A office space available is now below 1 percent.

February 13, 2014

In the world of commercial office space, a market with a vacancy rate of 10 percent is considered stable; anything below that percentage is to be coveted.  Logically, developers should flock to a market with a low office inventory, especially one with short supply of Class-A office space.  After all, someone is leasing all that space right?

February 7, 2014

Germantown, Maryland is the farthest north of Montgomery County’s commercial centers, it’s also the smallest and youngest in terms of commercial development but that is quickly changing. With approximately 3 million square feet of office space, Germantown has been one of the county’s bright spots in terms of commercial development in the last couple of years.

December 13, 2012

Saturday December 8th – 10am: Mike Tidwell, Executive Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN), greeted a roomful of concerned citizens at the University of Baltimore.  The event they were attending was called Drilling Down: A Conference on Fracking Risks and Action in Maryland.  In the school&rsquo

November 5, 2012

November is here and so is Digital Capital Week – Washington’s largest celebration of new and upcoming tech innovators.  Now in its third year, the weeklong series of events is already off to a fantastic start.  Nearly half of the fourteen sessions and parties between Friday and Sunday sold out.

September 21, 2012

Fifteen days into September, the Small Press Expo of Bethesda, Maryland celebrated its 15th year of operation.  The exposition showcases some of the nation’s most innovative and inspiring graphic novels, comics, and cartoons.  In tradition, the event organizers invited only independent artists to speak and/or sell their works to fans and curious newcomers over the weekend.

March 20, 2012

Noted as Kaiser Permanente’s largest medical center in Montgomery County by Marilyn Kawamura, president, of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc; the 175,000 square foot office building overlooking I-270 is now operational and open to serve patients after over a year of renovations.

January 12, 2012

The show is set to take place at Band Kamp, a brightly decorated warehouse located at 12017 Nebel St in North Bethesda

Many often wonder about the art scene here in Washington D.C. area. While the district offers its fair share of museums, studios and more, the public often neglects artists on the other side the border. Just as the Metro transports visitors and locals into the city, it also offers an escape to areas in the opposite direction that are less explored.

September 23, 2011

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) held its fourth conference this week at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C.

Arguably one of the most diverse regions in the nation in overall racial and ethnic demographics, it is confident to declare the Baltimore/Washington area -- at least -- the top three in diversity when it comes to the number of high-level professionals involved in the health industry from different racial and ethnic backgrounds.

August 25, 2011

No one knows more about wasteful spending than the government, and healthcare is on top of most people’s list when it comes to wasteful spending. Since 2009 the focus has shifted towards bringing down the cost of healthcare spending.

August 23, 2011

Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) has signed an agreement with the intent to acquire QTC Holdings Inc -- a health care federal contractor.

The Diamond Bar, California company is the largest service provider of medical evaluations. QTC's clients include the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The company processed more than 450,000 evaluations for the department in 2010.

August 17, 2011

General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), with headquarters in Falls Church, has moved deeper into the healthcare technology business with a signed agreement to acquire Vangent Holding Corp.

August 9, 2011

Stella went into the hospital with a pain so great it cripples her entire being.  “It feels like a stabbing needle pain that shoots through my joints” she said.  No longer able to carry on her day to day routine she finally gives in after a few pills of over-the-counter pain medication did not work, and heads to the emergency room.  Her body is used to taking high doses of pain medication to alleviate the pain, so no regular pill will work.  The doctors and nurses in the hospital are too familiar with the patient; the only

July 21, 2011

The largest biotech in the Baltimore-Washington area measured by market value said Benlysta is gaining momentum in net sales

After more than a decade of research, development, and waiting more than a year for a delayed FDA approval, Human Genome Sciences, Inc (NASDAQ: HGSI) finally has a drug on the market that it can consistently sell to the healthcare industry.

The Rockville, Md biotechnology company reported Benlysta net sales of $7.8 Million. $1.2 Million in additional sales were excluded due to non-delivery to healthcare providers prior to the release of second quarter financial results.

Increasing Lupus Drug Sales

July 31, 2015

The Gaithersburg, Md.-based biotech that came up with a faster and innovative way to produce vaccines has announced positive data from a Phase 2 trial focused on developing an Influenza vaccine.

July 30, 2015

Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin and Montgomery College are teaming up create healthcare technologies covering wide range of health related areas from national-scale genomics to big data.

The launch of the Healthcare Technology Alliance could help grow the Health Information Technology sector in Montgomery County as well as form synergies between established industries like biotechnology and promising ones like cyber security.

In addition to Lockheed Martin and Montgomery College, the founding members of the alliance include Cisco, Cloudera, Illumina, Intel.

July 14, 2015

Germantown, Md-based Qiagen Sciences (NASDAQ: QGEN) has received Food and Drug Adminstration approval to market it's therascreen EGFR testing kit in the United States.

July 8, 2015

Washington, D.C.-based Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: VNDA) announced that the European Union (EU) has approved its HETLIOZ (tasimelteon) drug to be used to treat non-24-hour sleep-wake disorder, also known as Non-24, in totally blind adults.

Non-24 is a chronic, circadian rhythm disorder. It disturbs the normal human sleep-wake cycle and mostly affects totally blind people. Disturbed sleep can lead to stress and also affects coordination. In the EU, around 130,000 people have been affected by this disorder.

February 17, 2015

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan stated during his first state of state address, that there is a mass exodus of tax payers, packing their bags and moving to other states. “Our economy is floundering, and too many Marylanders have been struggling just to get by,”… “We’ve had the largest mass exodus of taxpayers fleeing our state, of any state in our region and one of the worst in the nation.” said Governor Hogan.

February 16, 2015

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan stated during his first state of state address, that there is a mass exodus of tax payers, packing their bags and moving to other states. “Our economy is floundering, and too many Marylanders have been struggling just to get by,”… “We’ve had the largest mass exodus of taxpayers fleeing our state, of any state in our region and one of the worst in the nation.” said Governor Hogan.

April 23, 2014

If you are a young professional working in Washington, D.C., one thing you’ve probably noticed by now is that there is a fairly large gap between your monthly income and the city’s monthly rent requirements. Not everyone can afford the “luxury” apartments in Foggy Bottom, Georgetown, or Dupont Circle; so what’s a cash-strapped young professional to do?

March 21, 2014

Washington, D.C.-based Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:VNDA), has launched a couple of drugs and even recently put into place a television ad campaign. The company is now in need of extra space and will expand into an additional 8,600 square feet at its D.C. headquarters located at 2200 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Vanda will pay the landlord, Square 54 Office Owner LLC, and additional $381,000 for a 12 year and one month term lease beginning on September 1, 2014, although Vanda will get a nine month grace period.