August 17 // $36 million grant to fund development of vaccine for Lassa virus in Baltimore

Two Baltimore firms will work to develop and manufacture a vaccine for the Lassa virus, a deadly emerging threat in Africa, under a $36 million grant from a global disease preparedness organization. The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations will provide up to $36 million over five years to Baltimore-based Profectus BioSciences and its contractor Emergent BioSolutions, which is based in Gaithersburg but has significant operations in Baltimore. (Balt. Sun)

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New retail planned in heart of downtown Baltimore at Pratt and Light streets

Work will begin next year on a glassy pavilion to house shops and restaurants on a prominent block in downtown Baltimore near the Inner Harbor. The unit block of East Pratt Street between Light and Charles streets features an underused strip of land in front of the Transamerica building, the city’s tallest office tower. “The site is one of the most important intersections in the city of Baltimore,” Tom Kelley, director of design for COPT, told the city’s Urban Design and Architectural Advisory Panel during the board’s first look at possible designs of the new building that it must approve. (Balt. Sun)

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Stanley Black & Decker touts Baltimore as 'new home' of Craftsman brand

Stanley Black & Decker is trying to create its own "Craftsman story," touting Baltimore as the "new home" for the 90-year old brand bought from Sears last year. Connecticut-based Stanley Black & Decker welcomed almost 200 auto enthusiasts and tool aficionados to Baltimore this week for the relaunch of the Craftsman tools brand, which included rolling out a lineup of more than 1,200 new products. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Well-known 'Sun' signage comes off newspaper's former Calvert Street headquarters

Signage that long announced The Baltimore Sun’s presence near the city’s downtown core — reading “THE SUN” in massive letters visible from the Jones Falls Expressway — came down Thursday from atop the newspaper’s former headquarters on Calvert Street, bound for storage. When Tribune Co. spun off its newspapers in 2014 and became the Tribune Media television company, it retained much of the newspapers’ real estate and began selling it off. Atapco Properties acquired the Sun building in May 2017. (Balt. Sun)

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August 16 // A first look inside 414 Light Street, Baltimore's tallest — and priciest — apartment building

Baltimore's tallest, and priciest, apartment building — a shiny 44-story tower in the Inner Harbor — opened its first seven floors to residents this week. Questar Properties began developing the concept for the building at 414 Light St. seven years ago when it bought the land, formerly the headquarters of McCormick spices, for $11.5 million. The building has studios renting for $1,800 a month and penthouses advertised for more than $8,000 a month, and pushes the boundaries of what high-end apartment living in Baltimore looks like. (Balt. Sun)

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Michael Phelps urges mental health wellness through online therapy company Talkspace

Usually when you see decorated Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, it’s generally in replays of Herculean feats in the pool, or atop the podium as a glinting medal is laid around his neck. It’s after each Games, though, that Phelps sinks. The euphoria of being a world championship swimmer is gone; a person lost in the fog of depression remains. Phelps took a break from his mostly swim-centric Twitter feed to announce his partnership with Talkspace, an online therapy company, citing his own periods of depression. (Balt. Sun)

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More than 60 Greater Baltimore companies make Inc. 5000 list

More than 60 Greater Baltimore companies made this year's Inc. 5000 list of the nation's fastest-growing businesses. This year's list, released this week, includes 61 area companies, the same number that made the list last year. Overall, 111 companies in Maryland made the list. The list ranks companies based on three-year revenue growth, in this case from 2014 through 2017. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Maryland Tech Council CEO steps down

The CEO of the Maryland Tech Council, who has led the organization since its creation in 2017, is stepping down. Tami Howie will be taking a job as a partner at DLA Piper, where she worked previously, the organization announced. The decision to leave the biotechnology trade group was Howie’s, a spokeswoman said. “We thank her for her dedication and leadership, and we wish her all the best as she embarks on her next professional venture,” said board chair Rene B. LaVigne, also president and CEO of Iron Bow Technologies, in a statement. (Balt. Sun)

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