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11 local orgs supporting developments in biotech and life sciences

We asked our Technical.ly Talent and Ecosystem Builder organizations how they contribute to innovation in healthcare and medicine.

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This sponsored content is a part of Biotech Month of Technical.ly's editorial calendar. The organizations appearing in this article are Technical.ly Talent and Ecosystem Builder clients.

While technology has transformed every industry and type of business in recent decades, it’s possible that healthcare has been the sector impacted the most.

From developing new medical devices, pharmaceuticals and treatments, to building apps and software to improve patient and provider experiences, nearly every aspect of modern health has been enhanced due to tech.

Many of these advancements were only able to be achieved through collaboration, with orgs like universities, law firms, accelerator programs, economic development groups and corporate entities supporting startups and institutions creating innovative solutions. Together, they make biotech and life sciences an integral pillar of the overall tech ecosystem, and contribute to improving the health of everyone in their communities.

For the month of October, Technical.ly’s reporting has explored the theme of Biotech Month for our editorial calendar. For some additional perspectives, we asked our Technical.ly Talent and Ecosystem Builder companies the following question:

How is your org supporting developments in biotech and life sciences?

Here are some replies from their teams, and if you like what you see, follow the links to companies’ Directory Pages to learn more and explore ways to connect.

Arcweb Technologies

Arcweb Technologies is on a mission to democratize digital healthcare through open source solutions that expand the delivery and lower the costs of care. In pursuit of this goal, we focus on forming long term partnerships with health and wellness companies and leveraging decades of experience to solve their most pressing software product challenges.

“At the heart of Arcweb’s mission is the democratization of health and wellness, and we’re eagerly exploring opportunities that advance innovation in biotechnology and life sciences. We’re particularly passionate about investing in open-source digital health software that promotes accessibility, collaboration, transparency and customization. Our CEO Chris Cera recently co-hosted a HealthXL Roundtable with Eugene Borukhovich of YourCoach Health on that topic. Stay tuned for some announcements from Arcweb over the next few months as we reveal more about what we’re creating.” — Mark Hughey, head of strategy

Ballard Spahr

Ballard Spahr is a national, full service law firm with more than 600 attorneys spread across 15 offices. Our attorneys work with entrepreneurs and emerging companies from ideation through exit and understand how to provide expertise while offering our broad network to help businesses grow and achieve great heights. Our ECVC lawyers also advise venture capital funds and angel investors to help seed ventures from the most nascent stages.

“As we have seen, recent advances in AI functionality and popularity have opened a world of opportunity for the biotech and life sciences industries from drug discovery to diagnostic developments. Ballard Spahr has been at the forefront of bringing together lawyers with AI experience from practices across the firm to assist biotech and life sciences companies to navigate the legal issues surrounding AI functionality. We have hosted a number of public seminars for the community sharing our deep experiences and knowledge of AI and life sciences to help support this fast changing area.” — Scott Marty, partner

Chariot Solutions

Chariot Solutions is a high-touch, strategic IT consulting firm that helps companies build and manage solutions optimized for their unique business needs. From cloud computing to machine learning to software development, our winning team of engineers helps companies in any industry achieve their goals more efficiently and effectively.

“For the past two decades, we’ve been the trusted technical ally for clients across diverse sectors: biotech, medtech, life sciences and health tech. Our latest collaboration was with a local medtech startup, where we closely partnered with their product team to create a cloud based application and platform for their groundbreaking respiratory monitoring device.

From the initial product stages, we handled crucial aspects such as backend audio data processing over BLE, collection, algorithm integration, data visualization and session management. We’re delighted that our efforts contributed to their recent achievements.” — Tracey Welson-Rossman, chief marketing officer

Delaware Black Chamber of Commerce

The DEBCC is dedicated to the business development and economic empowerment of the Delaware economy, particularly the African American communities throughout the State of Delaware, via entrepreneurship utilizing educational models, shared best practices, business resources and technical assistance.

“The Delaware Black Chamber of Commerce (DEBCC) is at the forefront of supporting biotech and life sciences developments in our region. Our commitment extends to actively engaging with our members in the biotech sector through networking events and educational workshops that cater to their specific needs. Moreover, our strategic partnerships with industry organizations, research institutions and biotech companies serve as avenues for collaboration, knowledge exchange and access to valuable resources. As we continue to champion these industries, DEBCC remains dedicated to fostering growth and innovation, always eager to welcome new members into our dynamic community to expand our collective impact.” — Ayanna Khan, founder & president/CEO

Delaware Prosperity Partnership

Delaware Prosperity Partnership (choosedelaware.com) leads Delaware’s efforts to attract, grow and retain businesses; build a stronger entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem; and support employers in place-marketing Delaware to potential employees.

“Delaware Prosperity Partnership has made extensive efforts to support biotechnology and life sciences in Delaware, both by attracting, growing and retaining companies in those industries and by enhancing the statewide innovation ecosystem with opportunities and connections. Many of these efforts have been made in partnership with likeminded entities such as the Delaware BioScience Association, The Innovation Space, the University of Delaware and Delaware State University. For example, in 2021, DPP worked closely with Delaware Bio to produce the comprehensive report ‘Life Sciences in Delaware: Momentum & Opportunity’ to show how life sciences companies thrive in Delaware and to identify where more can be done within the sector. In addition, since 2021, DPP has worked with organizations throughout the state to lead and organize the Startup302 funding competition for tech-enabled early-stage companies in life sciences and other categories whose founders are from underfunded demographics. These larger initiatives are in addition to the daily work DPP does to advise and facilitate relationships for biotech and life sciences companies as they seek to take advantage of all that Delaware offers them.” — Erica Crell, innovation manager


HealthVerity was started because the healthcare industry needed a more accurate and reliable way to combine disparate datasets in a HIPAA-compliant manner to reveal patient insights and power innovation.

“HealthVerity supports developments in biotech and life sciences by synchronizing transformational technologies with the nation’s largest healthcare and consumer data ecosystem to provide these organizations with the ability to discover and exchange a near limitless combination of research-ready real-world data. This synchronized approach allows us to provide the industry unparalleled patient identity management with built-in privacy compliance and governance of data usage rights, making the data research-ready from day one. This regulatory-grade data offers a comprehensive view of the patient journey, providing insights beyond the limitations of traditional clinical trials to power previously unattainable outcomes and fundamentally advance the science.” — Andrew Goldberg, COO

Morgan Lewis

Morgan Lewis’ team of more than 2,200 lawyers and legal professionals provides comprehensive corporate, transactional, litigation and regulatory services in major industries, including energy, financial services, healthcare, life sciences, retail and ecommerce, sports, technology and transportation. We focus on both immediate and long-term goals with our clients, helping them address and anticipate challenges across vast and rapidly changing landscapes.

“We are lucky to live in the Greater Philadelphia community which houses many top-tier research institutions, major healthcare systems and a number of emerging businesses and more advanced companies, which have all seen opportunities for their biotech, health and life sciences products and services. Whether it be early-stage financing or mergers & acquisitions counsel, or advice on complex intellectual property issues, managing through research, development and regulatory approval; navigating commercialization, licensing or collaboration matters or dealing with employment matters including noncompete agreements and trade secrets, Morgan Lewis is committed to partnering with all of these companies and organizations at whichever stage in their business lifecycle they are currently with top-tier legal services which are key to achieving their business goals.” — Jeff Bodle, firmwide emerging business and technology leader

NEXT powered by Shulman Rogers

NEXT powered by Shulman Rogers is changing the way legal services are designed, packaged, delivered, serviced, and supported. Our uniquely innovative model was designed to meet the needs of startups and emerging growth companies.

“NEXT powered by Shulman Rogers empowers the success of its biotech and life sciences clients through its nationally recognized new model for delivering legal services to startup companies, its NEXT Raise platform to help connect founders and investors and Startup U which provides founders with access to webinars and educational content related to launching and scaling a company. We also work closely with and support accelerators, university entrepreneurial programs and organizations like MD Tech Council, who all support startup and emerging growth companies in the biotech and life sciences space.” — Anthony Millin, founder of NEXT powered by Shulman Rogers, venture capital partner and serial entrepreneur

Pinnacle 21

Pinnacle 21’s software enables key transitions in the clinical trial data pipeline and streamlines regulatory approvals for drugs and medical devices, getting new treatments to patients faster.

“Pinnacle 21 is the center of Certara’s Data Sciences platform for life sciences companies. We are the global leader in leveraging clean data for informed decision-making, including preparing study data for regulatory submission. We enable our clients to validate data quality and compliance with CDISC standards, creating a smooth data pipeline from Data Management and Biostatistics teams to health authorities such as the FDA, PMDA and NMPA. Streamlined approvals bring life-saving medicines to patients faster.” — Liam Munley, operations manager


TEDCO, the Maryland Technology Development Corporation, enhances economic empowerment growth through the fostering of an inclusive entrepreneurial innovation ecosystem. We identify, invest in, and help grow technology and life science-based companies in Maryland.

“TEDCO supports the developments in the biotechnology and life sciences industries through various means; one prominent program that supports this is the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund (MSCRF). A few of the ways MSCRF provides support to these developments are: (1) by dedicating funding through grants and awards to fuel the research, development and commercialization of cell therapy and regenerative medicine; (2) by cultivating a collaborative ecosystem throughout academic institutions, research organizations and businesses to ensure Maryland remains a leader in regenerative medicine; (3) by providing targeted support and guidance that empowers researchers and companies to scale their projects efficiently; and (4) by working to address a wide range of diseases and medical conditions that are prevalent in Maryland.” — Ruchika Nijhara, executive director, Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund

University City Science Center

The Science Center is Philadelphia’s premier catalyst of entrepreneurial activity, healthcare innovation and economic growth. Established in 1963, the nonprofit has been recognized by The Brookings Institution as a best-in-class investor, mentor and economic development partner for young technology companies.

“As demonstrated by our role as a spoke of the ARPA-H Customer Experience Hub, we’re focused on advancing health solutions that will be accessible, needed and readily adopted. Through our involvement with groundbreaking federal initiatives like ARPA-H, and through our own programs, we ensure startups are equipped with relevant and actionable skills to develop life changing innovations, can successfully translate those technologies into the marketplace and scale here in Philadelphia by hiring local STEM talent.” — Kristen Fitch, senior director of marketing


Want to help advance biotech in your local tech community? Check out all the Technical.ly Talent and Ecosystem Builder companies here, and find out about their missions, cultures and opportunities.

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Companies: NEXT powered by Shulman Rogers / Delaware Black Chamber of Commerce / Delaware Prosperity Partnership / Pinnacle 21 / HealthVerity / TEDCO / Arcweb Technologies / Ballard Spahr / Chariot Solutions / Morgan Lewis / University City Science Center
Series: Biotech Month 2023 / Technical.ly Ecosystem Builder Monthly Prompts / Technical.ly Talent Monthly Prompts

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