I want to mention each week what is happening in the Maryland Assembly and Baltimore City Hall. I will go into more detail in each section. I want to emphasize that whether O'Malley/Brown or Larry Hogan------Clinton neo-liberals or Bush neo-cons-----the same policies are moving forward no matter which is in office. Global corporations controlling all government functions and people as human capital for profit and not citizens. O'Malley has a long career from Baltimore City Council and Mayor to Governor of Maryland being a raging Wall Street profit at all cost pol. He does it while media and his/Johns Hopkins personal non-profits sing praise for progressive posing. I am reading national magazines and newspapers that are already painting O'Malley as a progressive and he has not a progressive bone in his body.
REMEMBER, MOST OF WHAT THESE CORPORATE POLS ARE DOING IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND ILLEGAL SO WE CAN REVERSE THIS EASY PEASY BY SIMPLY VOTING THEM OUT OF OFFICE!
I encourage everyone to start going to these government websites and watch these video-taped proceedings whether Maryland Assembly or Baltimore City Hall. They like to joke that no one tunes in-----PLEASE BECOME ENGAGED.
Last week was an opening session this one was discussing the funding of higher education. What was clear is that even as university leadership still speak about doubts as to the usefulness of testing and evaluation and data ----they are ready to do what the Maryland Assembly tells them. You and I allow these corporate pols to come back every election.
What is more noticeable is how the session always leaves the public testimony to last and then they are always under duress to leave for other meetings. So, a two hour session has 15 minutes for the public at the very end. Well, it seems that the public is for whom these public university executives work and they need to hear from these public testimony to know the needs to be addressed. Please fast forward to the end of the video to see the AFSCME union members who signed to talk being pushed to talk fast and their powerpoint presentations are lost in the shuffle. As always when data is presented that worries the Maryland Assembly or Baltimore City Hall it is arranged so it is not seen. Two charts were visible in this video of the meeting but several more were not discussed. The point made has one single example-----all of the money sent to higher education is going to the corporate executive administration and not to classes, employees as salaries, or financial support. AFSCME stated that one executive of a department earning a good salary in the $80,000s was replaced by 3 executives doing the same job but earning after a few raises $300,000 each while employees haven't seen a raise in 10 years and many are at double-poverty. IT IS RIDICULOUS FOLKS. All of this while they feign concern that Maryland citizens cannot afford to pay tuition for higher education.
PLEASE TUNE IN TO THESE MEETINGS AND BE THERE TO TESTIFY IF YOU CAN!
Maryland Assembly ---Senate Committee
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
Conway, Joan Carter Pinsky, Paul G.
BUDGET HEARINGS - 1:00 P.M. SUBCOMMITTEE ON EDUCATION, BUSINESS AND ADMINISTRATION
Amoss, Miller * Higher Education Overview
As I said I encourage all to visit the video of this meeting. Throughout this fiscal overview is the underlying tone that funding for university is not about the students, the people working there, or the taxpayers. It is about whatever the Maryland Assembly says. We listened as budgets necessitated testing, evaluation, and value data spending tons of higher education on this corporate structure. At the same time they were talking about increasing the number of part time faculty so keep employee costs down.....
WE ARE PUSHING TOWARDS MORE PART TIME FACULTY SAY ALL OF THE UNIVERSITY REPS. MORGAN STATE HAS ALMOST 50% OF ITS FACILITY AS CONTRACT WORKERS.
I described above how AFSCME public union members were fast=tracked through the testimony with no response or acknowledgement of their concerns.
There is a reason that EDUCATION is now listed at every turn connected with BUSINESS.......Maryland is run for corporations and profits and whether Clinton neo-liberal or Bush neo-con----K-university will be made corporate we are told. So, as with any corporation-----the employees are pushed to poverty while the executives---managers salaries soar. This has nothing to do with higher education----it is a corporate structure with our public sector employees driven to double-poverty.
Maryland has made attracting immigrant labor its priority under O'Malley and all domestic workers----including these university staff are basically being told----if you do not work for this wage then we have people who will. THAT IS THE POINT. One of the stats that stands out is that more high school grads than ever did not enroll in higher education in Maryland and the demographic has people leaving because of the lost opportunity under a global corporate economic structure as in Maryland.
I want to remind everyone that both AFSCME and Senator Ramirez supported the worst of Clinton Wall Street neo-liberals----Brown and Gansler. Yet they promise they are working for these employees. If we are going to turn this around-----
WE NEED PEOPLE WHO PRETEND TO BE PROGRESSIVE TO STOP SUPPORTING PEOPLE THEY KNOW INTEND TO KILL LABOR AND JUSTICE.
Anthony Brown and Ken Ulman Endorsed by ...anthonybrown.com/news/anthony-brown-and...afscme-council-3
Representing 25,000 Maryland workers, AFSCME highlights Anthony Brown ... AFSCME leaders recognized Anthony Brown and ... support for the Brown-Ulman team
...University housekeepers rally for better wages, working conditions
By Christopher Goins
University housekeepers protest wages, working conditions at College Park.
Break room. What break room?
For as long as some housekeepers at the University of Maryland College Park can remember, they didn’t have such an accommodation for eating lunch. Instead, they have been eating lunch next to mops, brooms, dust pans, and cleaning sprays in tight janitor closets.
This, alongside not being able to punch-in at the beginning of their work shift at the building closest to their work area, were among the working conditions that did not change up until the eve of a planned rally by a UMCP housekeepers union last week. On Wednesday night, the workers received a letter from University of Maryland’s Facilities Management Division division detailing changes to workplace conditions.
On Thursday, about 70 people attended the rally in front of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union building where members of a union that represents university housekeepers demanded to be treated with dignity, a better workplace, and higher wages.
State Sen. Victor Ramirez, a Prince George’s County Democrat, spoke at the rally and lent his support to the workers, who average about $11.50 per hour. “Your voices are being heard and I have your back,” he said.
University of Maryland Circle (Photo by Carmichaellibrary)
Letter seen as a win
The letter spelled victory for many of the workers.
In the memo, Housekeeping Services Coordinator Anthony Stewart wrote that he was “recently” told that some workers were eating lunch in their housekeeping closets. But Stuart Katzenberg, an AFSCME organizer, said that the practice had gone on for 10 years.
“Our members are sick and tired of being treated like less than human, being relegated to closets to eat, being verbally and physically abused, keys thrown at them, as well as our members want to be paid a decent wage,” Katzenberg said.
Maria Ayala, employed as a housekeeper since 2005, said that she developed asthma on the job in the chemistry building about five years ago. Her doctor prescribed a mask for her.
Jeff Pittman, the communications director for AFSCME, said that workers aren’t made to eat in the closets “but it’s pretty much common knowledge by the university that this happens.”
Under the changes detailed in the letter, housekeepers will now be able to eat in designated areas such as lounges and kitchens in all buildings. Previously, some supervisors had told them not to use the lounges, according to Pittman. Their breaks are only 30 minutes, so many housekeepers didn’t have time to leave the buildings they were cleaning to find another place to eat on the campus.
Union members meet locked doors
Rally goers marched a few blocks in the heat from the Stamp Student Union to the administration building to deliver a letter to the university president demanding “dignity at work,” fair wages “not reduced by parking costs” and “clean and safe working conditions,” only to be met by locked doors.
“Some of these women actually clean this building,” Katzenberg said. “The front door’s never locked,” adding that there were police watching the marchers. “That’s just another sign of the disrespect they give us as workers here at College Park.”
Eventually, a few of the workers were let into the building and were allowed to deliver the letter. And some of those who emerged said there were six police officers inside, an unusual number to be in place at one time, Katzenberg notes.
For many of the workers, the work shift begins at 4 a.m. Parking meters are only on for part of their shift, yet they are charged for eight hours of parking, Katzenberg claimed.
An annual parking pass costs $430 for union and non-union employees who earn less than $50,000 a year.
“Most full time UMD housekeepers earn less than $23,000 annually,” said Pittman. “The high cost of parking is a significant hit to the salary of these workers.”
Some AFSCME members, like Antonia Escobar, a member of the collective bargaining team, make $10.80 per hour. The average hourly wage is under $11.50. The university employs about 260 full-time housekeepers year-round and there are an undetermined number of part-time housekeepers, according to Pittman.
Union members show up despite fears
Katzenberg says that it was a “big step” for many of the workers to come out for the demonstration because of the fear of retaliation.
Ayala said that some housekeeping supervisors and team leaders yell at workers. Katzenberg added that the supervisors and leaders have threatened the workers beneath them.
“They can be a monstrous employer,” said Katzenberg.
In May 2011, the Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) published a report noting alleged instances of racial discrimination, sexual abuse, and verbal degradation. Katzenberg said that the union met with BFSA and the university president and the president “assured” them that the problems would go away, but now some of the problems are still there.
On July 8, AFSCME will meet with the administration to bargain for new contract. “They’ve not been willing to budge, that’s why we have to use these tactics,” Katzenberg said.
“The University of Maryland is committed to a healthy workplace for all employees,” said Brian Ullman, assistant vice president of marketing and communications, in an e-mailed statement. “Last December, a University work group submitted a comprehensive series of recommendations to cultivate a more respectful, supportive and inclusive work environment here on campus,” he continued.
“Much progress has been made on these steps, and we are dedicated to working collaboratively to continue this important work,” said Ullman
We know that the first thing Hogan did when installed was cancel a 2% COLA that was promised after 10 years of stagnant wages for state employees. It would not have mattered if Brown or Gansler was elected----the coming crash will wipe out pensions and wages----and bring huge cuts to public sector employment. Union leaders know this and would have wanted to be sure to have a labor-friendly pol as Governor----but they went with Wall Street neo-liberals.
•State employees, who after years of pay freezes got a 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment in January, would lose that increase as of July 1. In addition, they would not receive a COLA or merit raises next year.
Below you see the group that is O'Malley's agency for moving the corporatization of our universities forward. This corporatization is why students pay too much for tuition---and it will continue to increase----why university workers are pushed into deep poverty----and why corporations no longer pay taxes in Maryland----they simply invest in their own corporate research facilities----Maryland universities.
This group was created by O'Malley and Maryland Assembly pols to create the network of corporate funding for research grants written by what are now corporate research managers getting big salaries and rights to patents that come from the research. Any successes are deemed startups that are then simply engulfed by global corporations ready to profit from them. So, now not only are students paying more for tuition and employees brought to poverty----students are now free labor for corporations doing all the work of research that used to be part of corporate operations. NO JOB GUARANTEE AND AS WE KNOW-----US COLLEGE GRADS ARE LARGELY UNEMPLOYED AND/OR UNDEREMPLOYED AND MARYLAND IS ONE OF THE HIGHEST.
Don't worry says Clinton Wall Street global corporate neo-liberal O'Malley----we have lots of VISTA and volunteering for Maryland citizens not able to get jobs!
This is very Republican so we know Larry Hogan will continue all of this! MAXIMIZING CORPORATE PROFITS WITH SUBSIDY AND FREE HUMAN LABOR!
Below you see yet another Maryland Assembly policy passed but very likely unconstitutional and illegal. As with the ACLU tied to Race to the Top in Maryland-----the Maryland Attorney General is on the board of what is very likely an illegal classification of corporations as non-profits. So, all of this can be reversed----we simply need to GET RID OF MARYLAND'S CORPORATE POLS!
MARYLAND E-NNOVATION INITIATIVE FUND AUTHORITY
9:00 A.M. Room 1746 World Trade Center 401 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD Subject: Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund Program Toll-free dial-in number: (866) 247-6034 Conference code: 2215376115
This group is simply a financial agency led by a New Yorker and financial investment corporations meeting with our universities to move private capital. It also creates the mechanism for universities like UMMS, UM College Park, Johns Hopkins-----to claim patented profits as endowments that simply invest right back to themselves as if they were not corporations. Poor St Mary's College and Morgan State known as strong liberal arts and humanities ----social academics -----are being forced into what is a STEM funding cycle only----if you want to play then make your focus STEM and not all that silly humanities that cannot be sold as product.
THIS IS WHAT O'MALLEY'S WHOLE TIME AS GOVERNOR WAS DEVOTED TO----THAT AND MAKING GLOBAL ONLINE UNIVERSITY STRUCTURES. NONE OF IT HELPS MARYLAND CITIZENS.
Below you see the overview of what this economic policy entails. E-nnovation is simply a corporate funding arm using the pathway of 'grants or donations' for funding their own research goals. I have written often about how these 'innovation trusts' and 'enterpreneur/startups' are all simply a vehicle for successful research to be taken to market and end up in the hands of global corporations. It is the free pipeline for corporate research via our universities under the guise of non-profits. So, private research funding becomes tax deductible-----these corporate universities are not registered as corporations---and research workers become students working for free.
The state of employment in Maryland is so bad for a super-majority of citizens because of this total modelling of corporate subsidy and free labor .
Remember, this was started a while back but Erhlich brought it mainstream and O'Malley super-sized this process all while posing as a progressive labor and justice/environmental pol!
IT IS REALLY AMAZING.
This is what higher education has become and Obama's Race to the Top pushed by O'Malley will do the same to K-12 with Baltimore City building the platform of corporate charters.
Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII)
The Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII) was created as a partnership between the State of Maryland and five Maryland academic research institutions (Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University, University of Maryland College Park, University of Maryland Baltimore and University of Maryland Baltimore County.) The program is designed to promote commercialization of research conducted in the partnership universities and leverage each institution’s strengths. Click to view Funded Projects.
The Innovation Commercialization Program was created to foster the transition of promising technologies having significant commercial potential from Qualifying Universities, where they were discovered, to the commercial sector, where they can be developed into products and services that meet identified market needs. Specifically, it is the intent of the Program to foster the commercialization of such technologies through technology validation, market assessment, and the creation of start-up companies in Maryland based on a technology from a Qualified University (a University Start-up), and to accomplish this through collaborations between various schools, departments, and institutions within and among the Qualifying Universities and among other research organizations in the State.
All Qualifying Universities are eligible to apply for funding for Phase I and Phase II of the Program. Faculty from Qualifying Universities, and other entrepreneurs, interested in creating a University Start-up are also eligible for Phase II of the Program. University Start-ups: (i) that have licensed technologies from a Qualifying University within twelve (12) months of applying for a Program award; and (ii) that are located in Maryland; are eligible for Phase III funding from the Program. In all Phases, proposals must be directed to the commercialization of a technology or group of technologies: (i) owned by a Qualifying University; (ii) disclosed to a Qualifying University’s technology transfer office (TTO); and (iii) for which there exists appropriate intellectual property protection. Each applicant must also work with a MII Site Miner prior to application submission.
As you see here----there is never any intent to create small businesses as startups---they are simply waiting for the successful research to grab what will become part of the global corporation....and they fund this research through these university granting programs like O'Malley's universities as innovation schemes.
So, when you sit back and do not pay attention to what your governor and Maryland Assembly are doing and what the goal is---you are sending your children and grandchildren to be free labor soon to be sweat shop labor if Trans Pacific Trade Pact is installed---and these policies are TPP!
Keep in mind the people being 'employed' are often graduate students and the startups almost never stay in Baltimore ----it is all transient. As this article shows---US corporations have been doing this for these few decades and the Clinton Initiative with Bill and Hillary created this international network they are now taking our university systems as part of TPP!
Remember, under TPP corporations are the government!
70% of global IT companies come to Armenia to buy start-ups
YEREVAN, October 4. /ARKA/. Some 70% of global IT companies arrive in Armenian market for purchasing local Start-Ups, director of Enterprise Incubator Foundation (EIF) Bagrat Yengibaryan said.
International IT companies are not only investing in Armenia, but also seeking newly created small companies, he said.
According to Yengibaryan, Start-Ups should be used for attracting global IT companies into the Armenian market to ensure proportional development of the sector. This could be facilitated by creating of respective tools, such as venture funds and grant programs, as well as by establishing cooperation with global companies at a government level.
Baltimore biotech parks grow despite recession
Written by Steven | November 28, 2010 | Baltimore Sun
While some sectors of Maryland’s economy struggle to shake free of the Great Recession, the biotechnology parks adjacent to Baltimore’s two top teaching hospitals stubbornly continue to add laboratories, offices and — most importantly for the city — jobs.
The gains have been both large and small, and not always along the path or at the pace envisioned when the parks were created. But the growth is unmistakable, fueled by the critical mass of expertise, resources and discoveries at both the Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland Baltimore medical campuses.
Among the most recent arrivals is Frank Diehl, chief scientific officer at Inostics, a German company seeking to perfect a new diagnostic tool for cancer patients. He hopes to have a small lab running next year on the city’s east side, at the Science + Technology Park at Johns Hopkins.
The technology was invented at Hopkins, and Diehl says it was always in the cards to bring it back to Baltimore as it matured. “You want to interact with the brightest people,” Diehl said by phone from Hamburg. “In oncology, the brightest people are in Baltimore.”
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Across town, Marco Chacon, CEO at Paragon Bioservices, signed a new lease this fall for 45,000 square feet on two floors at the University of Maryland BioPark, more than doubling his space just a year and a half after locating there.
By late next year he expects to expand his work force to 75 people from 50, doing contract research and preclinical drug production work for clients in Baltimore and beyond.
The region, he said, is a good location for biotech companies because of its “wonderful universities” and the proximity to agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health and Department of Defense. “The future bodes well,” he said.
Together, the biotech parks have attracted nearly three dozen tenants, with more than 900 employees. But it hasn’t all been easy.
“The drug business is a very risky business,” said Dr. David Block, president and CEO of the drug discovery startup Gliknik, at the UM BioPark. People who invest in new jet planes or nuclear power plants know it will be expensive, with delays and cost overruns. “But you also know at the end of the process you’re going to have your jet or nuclear power plant.”
“What makes drug discovery so challenging is that it’s equally expensive, equally as time-consuming, but at the end of the project 90 percent of the projects fail,” he said. Getting a successful new drug discovery to market can take 10 to 15 years, and cost hundreds of millions of dollars.
Entrepreneurs seeking their fortunes in the bioparks say they’ve been able to attract millions in investments in spite of the recession, in part because of state and federal biotech tax credits offered to investors.
But the recession has tightened construction financing. There is a big hole in the ground on West Baltimore Street where UM BioPark developer Wexford Science + Technology was preparing to build a third lab building without first signing an anchor tenant. The 2008 financial collapse halted the excavation. Bankers now want most of the space pre-leased before they’ll put up the money.
Tighter money has left both bioparks near capacity in their existing buildings, with developers at pains to assemble the new tenants the banks demand before they can build again.
Christian S. Johansson, Maryland’s secretary of business and economic development, sees the glass half-full. “If you look at what the overall economy has been through over the last few years, the fact that you have buildings nearing space limitations, I would call that a pretty encouraging sign.”
Maryland’s biotech industry got its initial footing elsewhere, especially on Montgomery County’s Interstate 270 corridor, closer to the FDA and NIH. “Where we really had untapped assets in this state was in the research institutions in Baltimore,” Johansson said. And that’s where the growth has finally come.
Both bioparks have had to grapple with community issues. The developers at Hopkins’ park spent years relocating, compensating and providing other assistance to people who lived in the park’s footprint. They are still wrestling with what kind of housing and amenities to build on the cleared land beyond the labs.
To address some of the needs of its own West Baltimore neighborhood, the UM BioPark last year invited Baltimore City Community College to establish a Life Sciences Institute, which is now training an estimated 500 students for laboratory jobs or careers in biotechnology.
Hopkins’ biopark, just north of the university’s medical campus, is part of the larger redevelopment project being run by the nonprofit East Baltimore Development Inc. The park’s developer is the Forest City-New East Baltimore Partnership.
So far, only the Rangos lab-and-office building — 281,000 square feet of a planned 900,000 square feet of lab and office space — has been built, said Scott Levitan, Forest City’s senior vice president. And space there is tight.
The leasing continued even in the teeth of the recession, with 90,000 square feet leased just since October 2008, Levitan said. Only 30,000 square feet of lab and office space remain.
The biopark has attracted 14 startups and other tenants employing 430 people, with $199 million in capital investment from private, philanthropic and Hopkins sources.
The Lieber Institute for Brain Development signed a lease this year for 30,000 square feet; 60 researchers will move in by summer to study schizophrenia, stem cells and neurobiology. Siemens Imaging has opened a research center there, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute has a research contract administration office and several research support companies have also set up shop. Two more tenants signed up early this month.
“Even if it slows down, which it apparently is not, I have four to six months’ worth of [space] left, and some of that is optioned to existing tenants,” Levitan said. “So I have my work cut out for me.”
Forest City will have to decide soon where and how to build the next lab building. But there’s more development coming to the open tracts surrounding the labs.
Levitan said the park has a signed letter of intent for construction of a hotel and retail center across Wolfe Street. More than 260 units of high-rise graduate student housing are going up just north of the Rangos Building. There’s financing in place for a 1,450-car garage, and the state plans to start construction next year on a $180 million Public Health Laboratory at Ashland and Rutland avenues.
But it hasn’t all unfolded as many expected it would, Levitan said.
Originally, the park’s developers thought about half the research space would be claimed by two or three major pharmaceutical companies, with the rest going to Hopkins institutions.
But as the patents on a small number of “blockbuster” drugs near their expiration, the big companies decided it made more sense to invest in an array of promising startup companies, with the expectation that a few would yield the next blockbusters.
Adjusting to that new market, Levitan said, “requires infinite patience; they have their ups and downs.” But when their products take off, “they can be a very rich source of long-term economic growth in your community.”
That’s Diehl’s hope, and that of Inostics co-founder Dr. Bert Vogelstein and his team at Hopkins. Vogelstein’s lab invented a way to search a patient’s blood plasma and find altered DNA — tiny traces of the genetic mutations that cause cancer.
Inostics plans to develop tests that identify the precise genetic character of a patient’s cancer, so doctors can select the most effective treatment from the new generation of targeted, even custom-designed, pharmaceuticals. Drug makers will also need Inostics’ tests to design the drugs.
Establishing a lab at Hopkins’ biopark, Diehl said, will give his researchers access to tissue and blood samples from cancer patients in Hopkins’ clinical studies, and to pharmaceutical companies in the biotech corridor from North Carolina to Boston as they work to perfect the tests.
A U.S. location for Inostics is also required when the company is ready to seek federal certification, perhaps as soon as the end of next year. Baltimore, said Diehl, is “the perfect place to be.”
One of the first private biotech companies to take space in the Rangos Building in 2008 was BioMarker Strategies. Like Inostics, the company is developing genetic tests for cancer cells, but with a unique approach. President Scott Allocco believes his technology’s use of live cancer cells in those tests can “better characterize those tumors and make predictions about drug therapy.”
Allocco conceded that the situation was “really scary” after the financial crash, but funding has increased each year since BioMarker Strategies was founded. The company now has 10 employees and has doubled its space in Rangos, to 2,500 square feet. On Nov. 16, the company announced it had raised $2 million in new investments on top of $4 million raised previously.
Secretary Johansson believes biotechnology is more resistant to the economic cycle than many other industries. “It doesn’t matter how the economy is doing; if you have a life-saving medication, you will have a ready, willing and able market.”
Across town, the University of Maryland’s five-year-old BioPark is being assembled on 10 acres of land on Baltimore Street, just west of the main campus.
It consists of two commercial laboratory and office buildings totaling 350,000 square feet. The second building is more than 90 percent leased, said James L. Hughes, vice president for research and development at UMB, and BioPark president.
“When we had a feasibility study for the project back in 2003,” he said, “the estimation was that we would rent space at about 20,000 square feet a year. And we’ve been running … well over twice that.”
The finished space has attracted more than 20 tenants and 475 workers, including startup companies spun off from both UMB and Hopkins. There are 13 firms doing contract research, drug and medical device development. There are also a Japanese company doing clinical trials, two UMB research centers, a graduate business education site and a work force training center.
Being in a biopark can provide a critical mass of opportunity for entrepreneurs.
“Here in the hallway, I’ve got to walk past 10 different companies to get to the bathroom or the elevators,” Gliknik’s David Block quipped. Tenants meet, talk, share ideas, expertise and equipment, and often perform work for each other. “I wouldn’t necessarily have predicted much interaction, but as time goes on there’s more and more.”
Down the street is the state’s new 110,000-square-foot Forensic Medical Center, which opened last month with 75 workers. This fall, UMB announced plans to build a $200 million Proton Therapy Cancer Treatment Center in the park.
There are also a new, 638-space parking garage and 7,000 square feet of leased retail space, including a cafe, bank and fitness center.
The recession has hurt startups, Hughes said. “A startup company would have been easier to raise money for five years ago, and would have created a bigger operation and employed more people,” he said. They’ve adjusted by raising smaller amounts, and finding efficiencies, such as outsourcing some of their lab work to contract labs like Paragon.
Drug research is what Block, 51, and his staff at Gliknik Inc. are doing. Block’s venture began with discoveries by Dr. Scott Strome, now a head-and-neck surgeon and professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
In 2008, Gliknik moved into two fifth-floor lab modules with two employees and two promising drugs. Today he has five employees who have expanded into two more lab modules.
There, they have invented seven more potential medicines. They’ve bioengineered antibody drugs to increase their power to kill tumor cells. And, they’ve designed recombinant drugs they say could replace more costly and problematic human blood products now used to treat certain autoimmune diseases.
“They’re all pre-clinical,”Block said, “but most people who have looked at what we’ve done in this amount of time, in this limited space, are pretty impressed.”
Downstairs, Chacon’s Paragon contract lab continues to expand and land new work. In October, Chacon signed a deal to assist the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases, in Frederick, with the development and manufacture of vaccines against the deadly Ebola and Marburg viruses.
His high-tech labs are also providing support to UMB scientists such as Drs. Curt Civin and Myron Levine, who do stem cell and vaccine research.
“Because a good idea is only that,” Chacon said. “You need to be able to translate that into something practical. And that is where we come in.”
PLEASE JUST GLANCE AT THIS LAST WEEK'S BEGINNING OF THE MARYLAND ASSEMBLY SESSION TO SEE WHAT YOUR POL'S ARE PUSHING. REMEMBER, CLINTON NEO-LIBERALS ALWAYS USE PROGRESSIVE SOUNDING TITLES TO LEGISLATION THAT USES PEOPLE TO MAXIMIZE PROFITS!
Issued: January 28, 2015
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SUBCOMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY AND ADMINISTRATION - Room 142 BRIEFING - The Status and Implementation of DeWolfe v. Richmond
HOUSE ENVIRONMENT AND TRANSPORTATION - Addendum Number: 15-9 CANCELLED
HB 103 Del S. Chesapeake Bay Trust - Restrictions on Investments Robinson - Repeal FEB 11, 2015 1:00 PM (Withdrawn by sponsor)
HOUSE ENVIRONMENT AND TRANSPORTATION - Addendum Number: 15-10 ADDED
HB 106 Montgomery Montgomery County - Illegal Dumping and Litter County Control Law - Adoption of Local Ordinance MC 11-15 Delegation FEB 10, 2015 1:00 PM
HB 182 Dels Lafferty Housing - Community Development Administration - and Rosenberg Residential Mortgage Loans FEB 10, 2015 1:00 PM
HB 151 Del Maryland Wholesome Meat Act - Prohibitions - Waldstreicher, Equines and Equine Meat et al FEB 11, 2015 1:00 PM
HB 156 Allegany Environment - Bay Restoration Fund - Use of Funds County FEB 11, 2015 1:00 PM Delegation
HB 170 Del Beitzel, Natural Resources - Game Birds - Baiting et al FEB 11, 2015 1:00 PM
HB 172 Del Beidle, et Task Force to Study Issues Related to the Use of al Self-Driving Vehicles FEB 12, 2015 1:00 PM
HOUSE JUDICIARY - Addendum Number: 15-5 ADDED
HB 168 Del B. Wilson, Criminal Law - Second-Degree Murder - Penalty et al FEB 10, 2015 1:00 PM
HB 171 Dels Afzali Courts - Child Abuse and Neglect - Waiver of and Reunification Efforts Valentino-Smith FEB 12, 2015 1:00 PM
HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS - Addendum Number: 15-8 ADDED
HB 87 Montgomery Maryland Income Tax Refunds - Montgomery County - County Warrant Intercept Program MC 8-15 Delegation FEB 10, 2015 1:00 PM
HB 99 Del Hixson, et Incm Tax Subtr Modif - Ret Incm of Law Enforc, al Crrctnl Offcr, F,R,& ES Pers (Hometown Heroes) FEB 10, 2015 1:00 PM
HB 122 Del B. Task Force to Study the Impact of State and Local Robinson, et al Taxes on Small Businesses FEB 10, 2015 1:00 PM
HB 126 Carroll County Maryland Income Tax Refunds - Carroll County - Delegation Warrant Intercept Program FEB 10, 2015 1:00 PM
HB 142 Del Krebs, et Income Tax - Personal Exemptions - Inflation al Adjustment FEB 10, 2015 1:00 PM
HB 144 Del Krebs Income Tax Subtraction Modification - Retirement Income (Fairness in Taxation for Retirees Act) FEB 10, 2015 1:00 PM
HB 146 Del Krebs, et Income Tax - Standard Deduction - Inflation al Adjustment FEB 10, 2015 1:00 PM
HB 147 Del Krebs, et Taxpayer Protection Act - State Income Tax - al Consumer Price Index Adjustments FEB 10, 2015 1:00 PM
HB 148 Del Rosenberg Interest Rate on Tax Deficiencies and Refunds FEB 10, 2015 1:00 PM
HB 141 Del O'Donnell Election Law - 2016 Presidential Primary Election - Early Voting FEB 11, 2015 1:00 PM
HB 149 Del Krebs, et State Property Tax - Homestead Property Tax al Assessment Cap Reduction FEB 11, 2015 1:00 PM
HB 152 Del Reznik Community Colleges - Tuition Waiver for Disabled Individuals - Requirements FEB 12, 2015 1:00 PM
Issued: January 30, 2015
SENATE EDUCATION, HEALTH, AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS - Addendum Number: 15-5 ADDED
SB 80 Sen Astle General Provisions - Commemorative Days - Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day FEB 5, 2015 1:00 PM
SB 139 Sen Hershey Kent County - Alcoholic Beverages - Class B Wine Shop and Lounge License FEB 17, 2015 1:00 PM
SB 163 Sen Agriculture - Neonicotinoid Pesticide - Labeling Nathan-Pulliam, Requirement (Pollinator Protection Act of 2015) et al FEB 17, 2015 1:00 PM
SB 171 Sen Gladden Program Open Space - Baltimore City - Purchase Talbot Road Property FEB 17, 2015 1:00 PM RESCHEDULED
SB 117 Sens Hershey Caroline County and Dorchester County - Sunday and Eckardt Hunting From FEB 10, 1:00 PM to FEB 17, 1:00 PM
SENATE FINANCE - Addendum Number: 15-7 ADDED
SB 167 Chr Anne Anne Arundel County - Police Officers - Secondary Arundel County Employment Senators FEB 12, 2015 1:00 PM
SB 175 Sen Manno, et Public Health - Sales Receipts Containing al Bisphenol-A - Prohibition FEB 12, 2015 1:00 PM
SENATE JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS - Addendum Number: 15-9 ADDED
SB 143 Sen Pugh, et Health Care Malpractice Claims - Notice of Intent al FEB 10, 2015 1:00 PM
SB 137 Sen Cassilly, Crimes - Solicitation to Commit Crimes - Statute et al of Limitations FEB 12, 2015 1:00 PM
SB 145 Sen Zirkin Civil Actions - Disclosure of Information - Repeal of Certification Requirement FEB 12, 2015 1:00 PM
SB 146 Sen Zirkin Prelitigation Discovery - Insurance Coverage - Prerequisites for Disclosure FEB 12, 2015 1:00 PM
SB 147 Sen Zirkin Local Govt Tort Claims Act and Md Tort Claims Act - Repeal of Certain Notice Requirements FEB 12, 2015 1:00 PM
SB 169 Sen Gladden Criminal Procedure - Warrantless Arrests - Assault (BCA) on Baltimore City Special Enforcement Officer FEB 12, 2015 1:00 PM
SB 173 Sen Gladden Public Safety - SWAT Team - Deployment and Reporting FEB 12, 2015 1:00 PM
SB 184 Sen King, et Criminal Law - Gaming - Home Games al FEB 12, 2015 1:00 PM
SENATE JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS - Addendum Number: 15-10 ADDED
SB 150 Sens Hough and Courts - Child Abuse and Neglect - Waiver of Young Reunification Efforts FEB 12, 2015 1:00 PM
SENATE JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS - Addendum Number: 15-11 RESCHEDULED
SB 125 Sen Gladden Vehicle Laws - Window Tinting Restrictions - Medical Exemption for Vehicle Owner's Family From FEB 4, 2:00 PM to FEB 12, 1:00 PM
HOUSE HEALTH AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS - Addendum Number: 15-2 FRIDAY FEBRUARY 6, 2015 12:00 P.M. Full Committee Briefing Maryland's Managed Care Organizations
HOUSE JUDICIARY - Addendum Number: 15-6 ADDED
HB 200 Del Cluster, State Correctional Facilities - Correctional et al Officers - Polygraph Examination FEB 10, 2015 1:00 PM
HB 222 Del Dumais, et Criminal Law - Distribution of Heroin or Fentanyl al Resulting in Death FEB 10, 2015 1:00 PM
HB 220 Del Dumais, et Maryland Collaborative Reproduction Act al FEB 12, 2015 1:00 PM
HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS - Addendum Number: 15-9 FRIDAY JANUARY 30, 2015 2:00 P.M. Briefing: Economic Impact of Marijuana Legalization
HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS - Addendum Number: 15-10 ADDED
HB 159 Del Luedtke, Special Ed - Standards and Workload Guidelines for et al Teachers and Related Services Providers FEB 12, 2015 1:00 PM
HB 166 Del Gutierrez, Education - Maryland Seal of Biliteracy Act - et al Establishment FEB 12, 2015 1:00 PM
HB 176 Montgomery Montgomery County Board of Education - Special County Election to Fill a Vacancy MC 22-15 Delegation FEB 12, 2015 1:00 PM
LEGISLATIVE ETHICS, JOINT COMMITTEE ON - Addendum Number: 15-2
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 3, 2015 IMMED. AFTER SESSION Conference Room 206 Legislative Services Building 90 State Circle Annapolis, MD Subject: Work Session FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Dea W. Daly or Stacy M. Goodman, Dept. of Legislative Services Telephone: 410-946-5200/5350 (Annapolis/Baltimore Area) 301-970-5200/5350 (Washington, D.C. Area)
Issued: February 2, 2015
SENATE BUDGET AND TAXATION - Addendum Number: 15-12 RESCHEDULED
SB 2 Sen McFadden Higher Education Investment Tax Credit Program From FEB 4, 1:00 PM to FEB 4, 2:00 PM
SB 6 Sen Klausmeier Income Tax - Credit for Long-Term Care Premiums From FEB 4, 1:00 PM to FEB 4, 2:00 PM
SB 10 Sen Brochin Motor Fuel Tax Rates - Consumer Price Index Adjustment - Repeal From FEB 4, 1:00 PM to FEB 4, 2:00 PM
SB 31 Sen Peters Income Tax - Subtraction Modif - Military Ret Income - Individuals at Least 65 Years Old From FEB 4, 1:00 PM to FEB 4, 2:00 PM
SB 37 Sen Madaleno Tobacco Taxes - Healthy Maryland Initiative (Jointly assigned to B&T and FIN) From FEB 4, 1:00 PM to FEB 4, 2:00 PM
SB 47 Sen Brochin, Election Law - Fair Campaign Financing Fund - et al Income Tax Checkoff (Jointly assigned to B&T and EHE) From FEB 4, 1:00 PM to FEB 4, 2:00 PM
SB 73 Sen Feldman Commission on Tax Policy, Reform, and Fairness From FEB 4, 1:00 PM to FEB 4, 2:00 PM