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D.C.-based GreyNoise Intelligence Raises $4.8 Million in Seed Round
Gaithersburg-based Adaptive Phage Therapeutics Raises $7 Million
o Bethesda-based Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Commits $20 Million to New Incubator
o Sweetgreen’s Chris Carr Joins Board of Hilton Worldwide
o Expert System Raises $29.4 Million; U.S. Headquarters in Rockville
o Baltimore-based NextStep Robotics Raises $500,000 in Bridge Round

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o D.C.-based GreyNoise Intelligence Raises $4.8 Million in Seed Round

Washington, DC – GreyNoise Intelligence, a DC-based cybersecurity startup, has raised $4.8 million in a seed round, led by CRV. Paladin Capital Group, along with a number of individuals, also participated in the round. Founded by Andrew Morris in 2017, GreyNoise focuses on reducing Internet background noise that inflate the volume of security alerts that security teams need to analyze. “Every single dollar of this investment will go towards building a better product for all of our community users and enterprise customers,” Morris wrote on Twitter about the funding.
https://twitter.com/Andrew___Morris/status/1290653392533159936
https://greynoise.io/

o Gaithersburg-based Adaptive Phage Therapeutics Raises $7 Million

Gaithersburg, Md. -- Adaptive Phage Therapeutics, a Gaithersburg-based biotechnology company, said has raised $7 million in a convertible note financing round. The Mayo Clinic was the lead investor in the round, investing $1.75 million. The proceeds of the round will be used for a clinical trial that will be conducted with the Mayo Clinic. Adaptive Phage is developing therapeutic response to multi-drug resistant pathogenic bacteria. “As we face a growing public health threat from drug-resistant bacterial infections, we need more research to assess phage therapy’s potential to help people with these infections and save lives,” said Gina Suh, an infectious diseases specialist at the Mayo Clinic.
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200805005067/en/Adaptive-Phage-Therapeutics-Announces-Mayo-Clinic-Lead

o Bethesda-based Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Commits $20 Million to New Incubator

Bethesda, Md. -- The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, working with venture capital firm Longwood Fund, is launching a new incubator to fund genetic therapies for cystic fibrosis. The Bethesda-based foundation has committed $20 million to the incubator that will be managed by Boston-based Longwood, a venture fund that focuses on life science and biotech investments. “This collaboration marks an exciting evolution in our long-standing approach to venture philanthropy and will amplify our efforts to draw the best scientific minds and technologies into CF and accelerate our Path to a Cure,” said Michael Boyle, president and CEO, of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
https://www.cff.org/About-Us/Media-Center/Press-Releases/Cystic-Fibrosis-Foundation-and-Longwood-Fund-Launch-CF-Incubator/

o Sweetgreen’s Chris Carr Joins Board of Hilton Worldwide

McLean, Va. -- Chris Carr, the COO of sweetgreen, will join the board of directors of McLean-based Hilton Worldwide. Carr, who joined sweetgreen in May, previously worked at Starbucks for 13 years. “We look forward to his insights as we navigate Hilton's continued recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jon Gray, chairman of Hilton's board of directors. Sweetgreen was founded by three former Georgetown University students. Originally headquartered in the District, sweetgreen is now based in Los Angeles.
https://newsroom.hilton.com/corporate/news/hilton-appoints-chris-carr-to-board-of-directors

o Expert System Raises $29.4 Million; U.S. Headquarters in Rockville

Rockville, Md -- Expert System, an Italian artificial intelligence company with U.S. operations based in Rockville, has raised $29.4 million in new funding. Expert System provides AI tools and applications to analyze and sort natural language for both private companies and the public sector. The company’s stock trades on the AIM Italia stock exchange. 
https://expertsystem.com/

o Baltimore-based NextStep Robotics Raises $500,000 in Bridge Round

Baltimore, Md. -- NextStep Robotics, a Baltimore-based medtech company using AI software and wearable device technology for foot rehabilitation, has received a $500,000 bridge round investment. Investors included the University System of Maryland Momentum Fund, the Abell Foundation and the University of Maryland Global Campus. NextStep has developed a device that is used by patients during foot rehabilitation therapy that uses AI-based software to help physical therapists with their treatments. The company was founded in 2017 by Brad Hennessie.
https://nextsteprobo.com/

 
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o Briefly Noted:

(Baltimore) Relavo, a startup founded by Johns Hopkins undergraduate students, has been awarded a $500,000 KidneyX prize. The startup is developing a product that reduces the risk for contamination during kidney dialysis treatments at home. "This is huge for us, as our timeline has been set back due to the pandemic," said Sarah Lee, a mechanical engineering graduate student who leads the team. "This sense of security, particularly in the COVID-era, is significant and allows us to put more energy and focus into building the company." 
https://hub.jhu.edu/2020/08/03/relavo-startup-kidneyx-prize-for-at-home-dialysis/

(Chantilly, Va.) Perspecta, the Chantilly-based government services provider, has named Damian DiPippa as the senior vice president and general manager of its intelligence group.   DiPippa formerly served as ManTech International’s senior vice president.
https://perspecta.com/press-releases/perspecta-selects-damian-dipippa-to-serve-as-senior-vice-president-and-general-manager-of-its-intelligence-group

(McLean, Va.) Kajeet, the McLean-based wireless company aimed at kids and students, has named Melissa Blanken as vice president of marketing, and Bill Stribrny as vice president of sales. Blanken has worked at Boost Mobile, Best Buy, and Sprint. Stribrny has previously worked at Scientific Atlanta, Neustar and Cisco.
https://www.kajeet.net/

(Washington, D.C.) The U.S. Small Business Administration will host a "Military Spouse Entrepreneur Summit" on Aug. 19. The virtual event will feature Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence. It aims to connect military spouses with information and resources for starting their own business.
https://events.hiringourheroes.org/d/37ql80

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