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Mysterious Md. milk product raises $250K [Startup Roundup]

Plus: Two Smithsonian museums are releasing thousands of digital copies of Asian and American art.

Oreos not included.

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WHO’S RAISING FUNDS?

Biotech company SynerGene Therapeutics, which is located in Potomac, Md., raised $7.2 million, according to SEC filings. This appears to be the company’s largest round so far.
MaxCyte, another biotech company based in Gaithersburg, Md., raised $1.7 million according to an SEC filing. It’s the company’s first round since 2009.
TalkLocal raised $4 million at an unspecified date, according to a press release.
Rockville, Md.-based iSnak Corp raised $250,000, according to an SEC filing.  The company will launch a mysterious product described on their website thusly: “When this delicious fresh milk by-product is coated with decadent dark chocolate and filled with fruit, it becomes a healthy, nutritious, gourmet snack!”
Alexandria-based product rating app Pinxter has raised $500,000 in seed funding, according to InTheCapital.
 

WHO’S GETTING HIRED?

Alexandria city manager Rashad Young was named D.C. city administrator by Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser. As Alexandria city manager, Young oversaw the rollout of Call.Click.Connect, a single platform through which constituents can file reports or requests to city government.
 

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WHO’S GETTING BUZZ?

The D.C.-based flower delivery service UrbanStems is expanding to New York, as featured in FastCompany.
The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery will release thousands of art pieces from its Asian and American collections  online, in high resolution images  without copyright restrictions.

Companies: TalkLocal, UrbanStems
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