OrderUp hires everybody; Back Forty offices hit Craigslist [Startup Roundup]

Plus: Paragon Bioservices raises a $13M Series A.

The guys from Back Forty now work for OrderUp. From left: Jamie Gaskins, Flip Sasser and Ed Schmalzle. (Photo by Christopher Wink, file)


Who’s getting funded?

Paragon Bioservices, based at the University of Maryland BioPark, closed a $13 million Series A round, the Baltimore Business Journal reports. Much of that funding will go to outreach in hotspots like California, Boston and New Jersey, according to the report.
Quantified Care raised $400,000 in equity and debt, according to SEC filings. The Otterbein startup, a DreamIt Health graduate, specializes in selling smartphone-friendly devices for clinicians.
Juxtopia, a startup based at the Emerging Technology Centers’ Highlandtown incubator, earned one of three $100,000 grants from the nonprofit that manages research in the American laboratory aboard the International Space Station.
TEDCO’s fund targeted at tech transfer has supported 15 firms so far this year to the tune of $1.5 million.

Who’s making moves?

OrderUp is delivering a big batch of new hires. Jonathan Vassil, regional vice president of sales at Comcast-owned GolfNow, was named the Canton startup’s vice president of sales, The Daily Record reportsLauren Barnaba, late of Media Works, will be the company’s new community marketing manager. Daniella Chetcuti leaves NBCUniversal in New York to become OrderUp’s new events and promotions coordinator. Dana Gullard was named the company’s new copywriter and social media coordinator. Kenya Mack leaves Connections Education to become OrderUp’s customer experience manager.
Speaking of moves, Back Forty’s old haunt on Broadway Square is now listed on Craigslist. The consulting firm was recently acquired by OrderUp. “The office is just above BOP (no, it never smells like pizza; swing by and I’ll prove it), and adjacent to Pitango (yes, you will gain ~20 lbs of gelato weight),” the ad reads.

Companies: Paragon BioServices / Back Forty / Quantified Care / Juxtopia / Emerging Technology Centers (ETC Baltimore) / OrderUp / University of Maryland BioPark / DreamIt Health / TEDCO / Bio-Rad Laboratories / DreamIt Ventures / NBCUniversal

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