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July 05, 2023 | Tom Ballard

Southeast Shoutouts | Opening of clinical materials production facility leads this week’s items

There's also a new Chair of the SC Launch Inc. and details about the annual Southern Automotive Conference set for October in Biloxi.

From Huntsville, AL:

IMUNON Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company located on the Huntsville campus of the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, has unveiled its new current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) clinical materials production facility. The facility is intended to provide IMUNON with additional control over the quantities and costs of manufacturing non-viral DNA-based materials used in its research and development (R&D) activities.

The company is focused on advancing a portfolio of innovative treatments that harness the body’s natural mechanisms to generate safe, effective, and durable responses across a broad array of human diseases, constituting a differentiating approach from conventional therapies. IMUNON has two platform technologies:

  • The TheraPlas modality is for the development of immunotherapies and other anti-cancer nucleic acid-based therapies; and
  • The PlaCCine modality is used in the development of nucleic acid vaccines for infectious diseases and cancer.

The Company’s lead clinical program, IMNN-001, is a DNA-based immunotherapy for the localized treatment of advanced ovarian cancer currently in Phase 2 development.

From Auburn, AL:

Auburn University’s Intellectual Property Exchange (IPX) is rolling out an official designation program for entities who have licensed the institution’s patented Vapor Wake technology that is a scientifically based method for selecting, training and employing dogs to detect hand-carried and body-worn hazardous materials such as improvised explosive devices.

With Vapor Wake detection, a dog samples vapors emanating from people in public spaces. When a target odor, such as explosives, is detected, the dog leads the handler to the individual who is the source of that odor. The dogs are purpose-bred and prepared from an early age to perform Vapor Wake detection in high-intensity settings, such as large events and mass transit venues. Simultaneously, handlers receive training on how to partner with these remarkable dogs to create effective detection teams.

Today, Vapor Wake teams are used around the world and can be found everywhere — from train stations, to airports, to stadiums and even major theme parks. The successful implementation of Vapor Wake detection has garnered recognition worldwide, leading to partnerships with law enforcement agencies, transportation authorities and security organizations.

From Summerville, SC:

One longtime member of the SC Launch Inc. Board of Directors is succeeding the group’s longtime Board Chair.

Andrea H. Marshall, an attorney, joined the board in 2008 as an appointee of the Medical University of South Carolina Foundation for Research Development and served until 2016. She re-joined the board as an at-large appointee in 2017 and was elected board Vice Chair in 2019. She succeeds Peter Dunphy who has served as Chair since 2016.

Marshall is Vice President, General Counsel, and Administrative Officer for MedTrust Holdings Inc., a company that provides non-emergency medical transportation for in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

SC Launch is the investment affiliate of the South Carolina Research Authority.

From Spartanburg, SC:

The Upstate Business Journal reports that OneSpartanburg Inc. has announced the launch of Power Up Spartanburg Funding, a program supported by the Spartanburg County Council that provides small and minority businesses with access to capital through exclusive loan and grant offerings.

Created through strategic partnerships with Carolina Foothills Federal Credit Union, the CLIMB Fund, and the National Development Council (NDC), the program includes a $10 million loan pool and $665,000 in grant funds.

  • The Credit Union’s portion is existing business loans of up to $50,000 for small and minority enterprises in business for more than two years.
  • CLIMB will provide start-up loans of up to $50,000 for small and minority businesses in operation for less than two years, including start-ups and entrepreneurs.
  • NDC’s component includes existing business grants for small and minority businesses operating for two or more years. Those with revenues between $25,000 and $150,000 can apply for up to $5,000, while those generating revenue between $150,000 and $3 million can apply for up to $10,000.

Power Up Spartanburg is accepting applications for loans and will open grant applications on July 17. For the program’s first two years, 30 percent of the funds will be reserved for minority-owned businesses.

From Biloxi, MS:

The 16th edition of the conference that serves the automotive industry associations and companies based in the southern region,  as well as the Southern Automotive Women’s Forum (SAWF), is set for October 18 and 19 at the Beau Rivage on the Gulf Coast.

Named SAC, as in the Southern Automotive Conference, the event serves the automotive industry associations and companies based in the southern region, specifically Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas, as well as the Southern Automotive Women’s Forum (SAWF). The annual conference rotates between four states each year, from Alabama to Georgia to Mississippi and Tennessee.

Details on SAC 2023 can be found here.


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