Thursday, March 12, 2020

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Three area companies make Inc.'s first Inc. 5000 series: D.C. Metro list (The Free Lance-Star)
Between 2016 and 2018, the 250 private companies on the list had an average growth rate of 196 percent and, in 2018 alone, they employed over 88,000 people and added $6.5 billion in revenue to the greater Washington area's economy.

Seminar on hiring UMW students to be held March 16 (The Free Lance-Star)
A training seminar covering the student employment platform for businesses and best practices for recruiting will be held from 9-10 a.m. March 16 at the UMW Center for Economic Development in Eagle Village, 1125 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Suite 400, in Fredericksburg.

Virginia and the District

VCU Health to acquire Riverside Tappahannock Hospital in the Northern Neck (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
The deal also calls for VCU Health to acquire Riverside's related services, including the Riverside physician practices located in Tappahannock, Warsaw, King William and Callao as well as Tappahannock Urgent Care.

Companies, agencies look to telework in combating COVID-19 (Virginia Business)
As the coronavirus continues its march into Virginia, some businesses and agencies are asking employees to telework as a precautionary measure.

Nation / World

Should You Go To Cash Until The Market Recovers Or Ride It Out? (Forbes)
Aside from the fact that in the financial markets, we only know this information in hindsight, the notion of going to cash until the market recovers also ignores another very real but less visible danger: missing out on the recovery.

I'm a founder in my 40s. Peers say I am too old to succeed. Are they right? (Fast Company)
Each week Maynard Webb, former CEO of LiveOps and the former COO of eBay, will offer candid, practical, and sometimes surprising advice to entrepreneurs and founders.

That's A Wrap

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A mix of clouds and sun early, then becoming cloudy later in the day. High 64F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Officials trying to determine how Spotsylvania patient contracted coronavirus | Local |

FDA’s actions in response to coronavirus disease at home and abroad

FDA Medical Countermeasures Initiative Update
March 11, 2020
COVID-19 updates from FDA

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update

FDA is an active partner in the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response, working closely with our government and public health partners across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and with our international counterparts. Here's what's new since our last MCMi email update on March 4, 2020.

FDA and FTC Warn Seven Companies Selling Fraudulent Products that Claim to Treat or Prevent COVID-19

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued warning letters to seven companies for selling fraudulent COVID-19 products.  These products are unapproved drugs that pose significant risks to patient health and violate federal law.  The FDA and FTC are taking this action as part of their response in protecting Americans during the global COVID-19 outbreak. The warning letters are the first to be issued by the FDA for unapproved products intended to prevent or treat "Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019" (COVID-19).

The FDA is particularly concerned that products that claim to cure, treat or prevent serious diseases like COVID-19 may cause consumers to delay or stop appropriate medical treatment, leading to serious and life-threatening harm. (March 9, 2020)

Foreign Inspections

Statement from FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D.

On March 10, 2020, we provided an update on FDA inspections outside of the U.S. in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. After careful consideration, the FDA is postponing most foreign inspections through April, effective immediately. Inspections outside the U.S. deemed mission-critical will still be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The FDA based this decision on a number of factors, including State Department Level 4 travel advisories in which travel is prohibited for U.S. government employees, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention travel recommendations, access restrictions being imposed on foreign visitors by certain countries, guidance from the Office of Personnel Management and the importance of the health and safety of our employees. Another critical factor in taking this action is the confidence we have in our ability to maintain oversight over international manufacturers and imported products using alternative tools and methods.

Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) Updates



You can find more information about these and other events on the MCMi News and Events page.

Information for industry (BARDA BAA)

From HHS - BARDA is investing in an array of medical countermeasures to diagnose, treat, or protect against the 2019 novel coronavirus under the BARDA Broad Agency Announcement (BAA-18-100-SOL-00003).

Specifically, BARDA is pursuing the following products or technologies: diagnostic assays for human pan-coronaviruses; vaccines for novel coronavirus; therapeutics for novel coronavirus; ventilators; immunomodulators or therapeutics targeting lung repair; pre-exposure and post-exposure prophylaxis for novel coronavirus exposure; and respiratory protective devices. To learn more, including targets for product maturity under this announcement, see the newly revised BARDA Broad Agency Announcement.

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Saturday, March 7, 2020

Police used Google location data to find an accused bank robber. He says that's illegal.

"The use of geofence warrants seems to be increasing, according to defense lawyers and privacy advocates. There is no easy way to track them, but they have been documented in cases in North CarolinaMinnesotaVirginiaArizona and elsewhere. Contractors now offer to help police looking to use the warrants."

Google tracked him. Police suspected him. But he was only riding his bike.

" The lawyer, Caleb Kenyon, dug around and learned that the notice had been prompted by a "geofence warrant," a police surveillance tool that casts a virtual dragnet over crime scenes, sweeping up Google location data — drawn from users' GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and cellular connections — from everyone nearby.

The warrants, which have increased dramatically in the past two years, can help police find potential suspects when they have no leads. They also scoop up data from people who have nothing to do with the crime, often without their knowing ─ which Google itself has described as "a significant incursion on privacy.""

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