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BioHealth Innovation, Inc. (BHI) Founder, President & CEO, Rich Bendis, hosts BioTalk — conversations with some of the most accomplished and exciting business, academic, and government leaders in the biohealth industry. BioTalk enables you to learn from these leaders about issues which can help you grow your business. What are the current trends? Where are industry sectors headed? How do we increase access to capital in our region? Rich and his guests dive deep into these topics and much more.

Host, Rich Bendis is an entrepreneur, corporate executive, venture capitalist, investment banker, innovation and technology-based economic development leader, international speaker, and consultant in the technology and biohealth industries.

Produced by Andy Eckert, with help from The Podcast Consultant, Mathew Passy.

BioTalk with Rich Bendis BioHealth Innovation, Inc. (BHI)

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BioHealth Innovation, Inc. (BHI) Founder, President & CEO, Rich Bendis, hosts BioTalk — conversations with some of the most accomplished and exciting business, academic, and government leaders in the biohealth industry. BioTalk enables you to learn from these leaders about issues which can help you grow your business. What are the current trends? Where are industry sectors headed? How do we increase access to capital in our region? Rich and his guests dive deep into these topics and much more.

Host, Rich Bendis is an entrepreneur, corporate executive, venture capitalist, investment banker, innovation and technology-based economic development leader, international speaker, and consultant in the technology and biohealth industries.

Produced by Andy Eckert, with help from The Podcast Consultant, Mathew Passy.

    Strengthening Ties: U.S.-Tunisia Cooperation in Science and Technology with Ambassador Joey R. Hood

    Strengthening Ties: U.S.-Tunisia Cooperation in Science and Technology with Ambassador Joey R. Hood

    In this episode of BioTalk with Rich Bendis, we have the honor of speaking with the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Tunisia, Joey R. Hood. With an impressive diplomacy and international relations background, Ambassador Hood sheds light on the vital collaboration between the U.S. and Tunisia in scientific research, innovation, and technology transfer. Host Rich Bendis is the President and CEO of BioHealth Innovation, Inc., dedicated to accelerating biohealth opportunities and fostering innovation across the BioHealth Capital Region of Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia….and the world.
     
    Ambassador Hood discusses the current status of U.S.-Tunisia cooperation in scientific research and technology transfer, emphasizing these areas’ critical role in Tunisia’s development. He highlights the importance of scientific research, innovation, and technology transfer in Tunisia and explains how the U.S. can support and enhance these efforts.
     
    We explore the Department of State-US funded CURES project in Tunisia, examining its goals, progress, and future objectives. Ambassador Hood elaborates on the significance of U.S. funding for projects like CURES and the broader impact on both nations. BioHealth Innovation, Inc. (BHI) is a contractor to FHI 360, supporting the CURES project to assist Tunisia in building its life science research, technology transfer, and commercialization capabilities.
     
    The conversation also covers other key partnerships and projects that the U.S. supports in Tunisia, aimed at fostering research and technology transfer. Ambassador Hood shares insights into these collaborations and his vision for the future of U.S.-Tunisia relations in science and technology.
     
    "The collaborative efforts between the U.S. and Tunisia in scientific research and technology transfer are crucial for advancing innovation and fostering economic growth. The programs we discuss on BioTalk are a testament to the great work happening in this field. I want to thank Ambassador Hood for joining us and sharing his invaluable insights on these important initiatives," says Rich Bendis.
     
    About Joey R. Hood: Joey Hood was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 22, 2022. He has held several leadership positions in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, including Acting Assistant Secretary. His extensive diplomatic career includes assignments in Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Qatar. Prior to the Foreign Service, Mr. Hood was a Fulbright scholar in Burkina Faso and worked at a bank in Vermont. He earned a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.
     
    Tune in to BioTalk for an insightful conversation with Ambassador Joey R. Hood as we explore the dynamics of U.S.-Tunisia cooperation in science and technology, and its potential to drive innovation and progress.

    • 37 min
    Shaping the Future of Health Computing in the BioHealth Capital Region: Insights from Dr. Bradley Maron

    Shaping the Future of Health Computing in the BioHealth Capital Region: Insights from Dr. Bradley Maron

    Join us for an episode of BioTalk with Rich Bendis featuring Dr. Bradley Maron, Senior Associate Dean for Precision Medicine and Executive Co-Director of the University of Maryland-Institute for Health Computing at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. With his extensive background in cardiovascular research and precision medicine, Dr. Maron offers a wealth of knowledge and innovative perspectives.
     
    In this episode, Dr. Maron shares his professional journey, discussing his various roles at the University of Maryland and what drew him to the region. He provides a comparative analysis of the ecosystems in Boston/Harvard and Maryland/University of Maryland, highlighting the unique attributes and opportunities within each.
     
    Dr. Maron introduces the Institute for Health Computing (IHC), explaining its creation, mission, and strategic partnerships with the University System of Maryland and Montgomery County. He outlines the significance of data science in improving health and wellness, addressing its increasing role and challenges.
     
    We learn about the IHC’s approach to bringing learning and healthcare directly to communities, illustrated by an example of their methodology: analyze, innovate, prevent, treat, and adapt. Dr. Maron discusses how the IHC aims to become an economic driver for the University System of Maryland, the state, the BioHealth Capital Region, and the nation, fostering startups, spinouts, commercialization efforts, and entrepreneurial activities.
     
    Dr. Maron outlines the Institute’s ambitious goals for the first five years and the range of services to be provided. He also details the decision to establish the IHC in Montgomery County, describing its new facilities and the county’s supportive role.
     
    Tune in to BioTalk for an informative discussion with Dr. Bradley Maron as we explore the future of precision medicine and the impactful work of the Institute for Health Computing.
     

    • 41 min
    Transforming Healthcare: The FDA’s Dr. Michelle Tarver on New Initiatives and the Future of Medical Devices

    Transforming Healthcare: The FDA’s Dr. Michelle Tarver on New Initiatives and the Future of Medical Devices

    Radiological Health (CDRH) at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). With a distinguished background as a board-certified ophthalmologist and epidemiologist, Dr. Tarver is at the forefront of transforming the evaluation and inclusion of medical devices in underserved and underrepresented populations.


    In this episode, Dr. Tarver introduces the FDA and the CDRH Division, explaining the definition of a medical device by FDA standards. She discusses the creation of the Chief Transformation Officer role within the FDA, highlighting its importance and the strategic vision behind it.


    We explore the critical importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in evaluating medical devices, and how these efforts are essential for ensuring equitable healthcare for all. Dr. Tarver introduces the innovative “Home as a Health Care Hub” initiative by the FDA/CDRH, explaining its potential to revolutionize healthcare delivery.


    Dr. Tarver also addresses the broader transformation needed in the healthcare system to ensure no one is left behind, emphasizing the role of partnerships in achieving this goal. She delves into the role of Virtual Reality (VR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in making the home a central hub for healthcare, discussing this ambitious initiative’s current status, challenges, and long-term objectives.


    Additionally, we touch on Dr. Tarver’s impressive background, including her leadership roles within the CDRH and her academic achievements at Spelman College and Johns Hopkins University. Finally, we discuss the value of having the FDA in the BioHealth Capital Region and its impact on advancing healthcare innovation.


    Tune in to BioTalk for an insightful discussion with Dr. Michelle Tarver as we explore the future of medical devices, healthcare transformation, and the pivotal role of the FDA in shaping a more inclusive and innovative healthcare landscape.


    Dr. Michelle Tarver is a board-certified ophthalmologist and epidemiologist, serving as the Deputy Center Director for Transformation. In this role, Dr. Tarver facilitates the development, implementation, and direction of CDRH’s transformative projects and strategic initiatives. Under her leadership, CDRH is advancing efforts to include underserved and underrepresented populations in the evaluation of medical devices. Her CDRH career has included many leadership roles, including the Deputy Director of the Office of Strategic Partnerships and Technology Innovation and the Program Director of Patient Science and Engagement. Dr. Tarver received a B.S. in Biochemistry from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA and completed the M.D./Ph.D. program at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

    • 33 min
    Leading the Charge in Tech-Based Economic Development: A Conversation with Dan Berglund of SSTI

    Leading the Charge in Tech-Based Economic Development: A Conversation with Dan Berglund of SSTI

    Join us for an enlightening episode of BioTalk with Rich Bendis as we welcome Dan Berglund, President and CEO of SSTI. With nearly four decades of experience in tech-based economic development (TBED), Dan has been a pivotal figure in shaping the landscape of innovation and entrepreneurship across the nation.
     
    In this episode, Dan shares the history and evolution of Technology Based Economic Development, discussing key initiatives in states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, and at the federal level. He highlights the importance of partnerships, detailing a compendium of state and federal cooperative technology programs that have driven progress in the field.
     
    We explore the early years of SSTI, looking into its creation, mission, and initial goals, and how it has grown to support a nationwide network dedicated to fostering tech-based economies. Dan discusses the evolution and growth of state TBED programs, and the changing role of the federal government in supporting these initiatives through agencies like STCS, OSTP, Commerce, NIST, and EDA.
     
    Dan also emphasizes the importance of private/public TBED partnerships, sharing insights into how these collaborations have bolstered economic growth and innovation. As he prepares to step down from his role after 28 years,and assume a part time role,  Dan discusses the recruitment of a new CEO and reflects on SSTI's achievements, his legacy, and his vision for the organization's future.
     
    Additionally, Dan talks about Rich Bendis’s role as an original founding board member of SSTI, and his significant help in the early development of the organization. He also highlights the presence of several SSTI members in the BioHealth Capital Region.
     
    Finally, Dan outlines SSTI's current initiatives and projections for the future, offering a glimpse into the ongoing efforts to support prosperity through science, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
     
    Experience an engaging discussion with Dan Berglund, a leader who has dedicated his career to advancing tech-based economic development and is now ready to embark on a new chapter.
     
    Tune in to BioTalk to gain valuable insights from one of the most influential figures in the field and learn about the future of tech-based economic development.
     
    Dan Berglund is the President and CEO of SSTI, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving initiatives that support prosperity through science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. SSTI is the most comprehensive resource available for those involved in technology-based economic development. Leading SSTI since its inception in 1996, Mr. Berglund has helped SSTI develop a nationwide network of practitioners and policymakers dedicated to improving the economy through science, technology and innovation. SSTI works with this network to assist states and communities as they build tech-based economies, conduct research on best practices and trends in tech-based economic development, and encourage cooperation among and between state and federal programs. Prior to joining SSTI, Mr. Berglund worked as a consultant and for the Ohio Department of Development in a variety of positions, including Acting Deputy Director of the Division of Technological Innovation.

    • 43 min
    Advancing Biotech: Insights from Michael J. Tarlov, Chief of the Biomolecular Measurement Division at NIST

    Advancing Biotech: Insights from Michael J. Tarlov, Chief of the Biomolecular Measurement Division at NIST

    Chief of the Biomolecular Measurement Division at the Material Measurement Laboratory, NIST. With a distinguished career in analytical chemistry and extensive experience in biochemical sensing and bioprocess measurements, Michael leads critical initiatives to advance biotechnology and healthcare.
     
    In this episode, we delve into the pivotal role of NIST as a non-regulatory agency within the Department of Commerce, highlighting its profound impact on measurement science, gene therapy, gene editing, synthetic biology, and regenerative medicine. Michael shares insights into NIST's collaborations, including local companies like MedImmune/AstraZeneca and Novavax, and the importance of partnerships with academic institutions like the University of Maryland in driving local biotech advancements.
     
    We also explore specific technologies and standards such as gene delivery systems, the NIST Monoclonal Antibody Reference Material (NISTmAb), and the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL). Michael discusses the goals for future research and collaborations and reveals the next big developments we should anticipate in the biotech field.
     
    Don't miss this engaging conversation as we uncover the innovations and initiatives at NIST that are shaping the future of biotechnology and healthcare.
     

    • 41 min
    Building Baltimore's Future: Kory Bailey and the UpSurge Vision

    Building Baltimore's Future: Kory Bailey and the UpSurge Vision

    Join us in this episode of BioTalk with Rich Bendis as we delve into the Baltimore ecosystem with Kory Bailey, Chief Ecosystem Officer (CEO) of UpSurge Baltimore, a trailblazing organization dedicated to fostering equitable economic growth and innovation.
    Kory Bailey brings over a decade of leadership experience from both early-stage startups and big tech. He has emerged as a thought leader on equitable economic growth and a champion for Baltimore's tech ecosystem. As the CEO of UpSurge Baltimore, Kory is spearheading the vision for Baltimore to become the first Equitech hub globally, pioneering a new model for American innovation.
    In this discussion, Kory unveils UpSurge Baltimore's mission: to cultivate a thriving tech ecosystem for innovators, founders, and talent by fostering culture and connectivity and mobilizing regional and national assets around Baltimore startups.
    From exploring what drew him to Baltimore to discussing the evolution and unique aspects of UpSurge, Kory shares insights into the philanthropic landscape in Baltimore and initiatives like the Equitech Accelerator, Techstars, KHU, and CareFirst. He also delves into the primary challenges facing Baltimore and UpSurge's short-term goals focused on accountability, awareness, investment, and early-stage support.
    Join us as we envision Baltimore's future in the next five years and the pivotal role UpSurge Baltimore plays in shaping it. Tune in now to be part of the conversation driving equitable economic growth and innovation in Baltimore's tech ecosystem.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

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11 Ratings

laimo1bk ,

Insights into the mid Atlantic BioHealth sector

A great insiders view of biotech players in the DC region.

E Perez-Chanona ,

Great podcast about BioHealth Capital Region

Excellent resource for anyone looking to learn about the leaders, challenges and missions of the members of the BioHealth Capital Region; the biotech, academic and government research community, as well as the pharmaceutical and manufacturing industry of the D.C. metropolitan area.

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