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      May 21, 2019

      Tuesday  12:00 PM

      2 Davis Drive
      Midway Park, North Carolina

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      BARDA DIRECTOR, Dr. Rick Bright to speak at FFVC "Itineraries" May 21st

      First Flight Venture Center is delighted to host lunch time programs, "Itineraries", that offer a chance for members of the First Flight community and broader innovation ecosystem to learn about the work of early stage science-focused companies, network and have some fun at the same time!   SPECIAL GUEST:  Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and BARDA Director, Dr. Rick Bright to speak at Quarterly DRIVe Meeting   Our May 21st Itinerary will be our 4th Quarterly BARDA DRIVe meeting. We will be welcoming: Rick A. Bright, Ph.D., BARDA Director Veena Misra, Ph.D., IEEE Fellow; Director, NSF ASSIST Nanosystems Center; and Distinguished Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NC State Dr. Misra will be discussing what she sees in the next 10 years in the field of self-powered devices to help people monitor their health, the applicability of ASSIST’s work to DRIVe, health care and clinical use cases. Dr. Bright will be discussing future BARDA DRIVe opportunities and FAQs A HUGE THANK YOU TO BOTH OF OUR SPEAKERS!   The DRIVE EZ-BAA grant application is roughly 2,000 words, with a roughly 30 day turnaround and an award of up to $749,000.     AND   The BAA Special Instructions will award up to $8 MILLION with a due date for Stage 1 applications of 3PM on May 28th!    EVERYONE MUST REGISTER! SPACE IS LIMITED TO 50 ATTENDEES! Lunch: A casual lunch of pizza and beverages is provided for First Flight companies and guests are asked to make a modest donation. Registration deadline is noon on Monday, May 20. More about our featured speakers: Rick A. Bright, Ph.D. is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and the Director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), which is a component of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.   He oversees the advanced development and procurement of medical countermeasures against an array of threats to national security and the public’s health, including chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear threats and pandemic influenza, and emerging infectious diseases.   Dr. Bright began his career in vaccine and therapeutics development at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with a focus on influenza viruses, antiviral drugs and the development of novel assays for high throughput surveillance for resistance to antiviral drugs. For this work, Dr. Bright was a recipient of the Charles C. Shepard Science Award for Scientific Excellence. Dr. Bright has extensive experience in the biotechnology industry where he served in senior leadership and executive management roles. Dr. Bright has also held senior scientific leadership positions in non-governmental organizations where he championed innovative vaccine development and international vaccine manufacturing capacity expansion in developing countries.   Dr. Bright serves as an international subject matter expert in vaccine, drug and diagnostics development and has served as an advisor to the World Health Organization and the United States Department of Defense. Dr. Bright joined BARDA in 2010, and prior to becoming Director in late 2016, he served as Director of the BARDA’s Influenza and Emerging Infectious Diseases Division. Dr. Bright received his Ph.D. in Immunology and Virology from Emory University and his B.S. in Biology and Physical Sciences from Auburn University.    Dr. Veena Misra is an engineer from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. She was named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2012 for her contributions to metal electrodes and high-K dielectrics for CMOS applications. Veena is Director of the NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center (NERC) for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST), which develops and employs nano-enabled energy harvesting, energy storage, nanodevices and sensors to create innovative battery-free, body-powered, and wearable health monitoring systems.  First Flight Selected as one of Eight Health Security Accelerators In June 2018, First Flight was selected as one of eight accelerators in the country by BARDA to help improve their pipeline of health security products, technologies and innovations to counter the serious 21st century health threats facing our nation. The DRIVe initiative (see below for more info on DRIVe) takes a new approach to tackle the biggest national health security threats—developing innovative technologies and practices for transformative solutions. Initial DRIVe impact areas include (1) Solving Sepsis and (2) Early Notification to Act, Control, and Treat (ENACT) infectious diseases. For these Itineraries, we will have companies in these targeted impact areas speak. DRIVe takes a new approach to tackle the biggest national health security threats—developing innovative technologies and practices for transformative solutions. Initial DRIVe impact areas include (1) Solving Sepsis and (2) Early Notification to Act, Control, and Treat (ENACT) infectious diseases. To accelerate innovations and improve availability of transformative products and technologies to protect Americans from natural and intentional health security threats by soliciting revolutionary technologies and innovations in health security, DRIVe is using an innovative funding tool: Easy Broad Agency Announcement (EZ-BAA). The EZ-BAA has a streamlined application, selection and award process. Click here to apply for the EZ-BAA funding opportunity of up to $749,000. Click here to view the DRIVe Resources.

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