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POTOMAC TECH WIRE -- Dec. 15, 2017
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o Columbia-Based W.R. Grace Acquires Catalysts Business from Albemarle
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Chevy Chase-Based NEA Invests in Healthcare Technology Startup Curisium
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Unisys Federal President PV Puvvada Named Chair of PSC
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EY: Global IPO Activity Reaches Highest Level Since 2007
o Report: More Than Two-Thirds of Federal Employees Require Cloud Access
o Briefly Noted: WidePoint - Silent Circle, ViON
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o Columbia-Based W.R. Grace Acquires Catalysts Business from Albemarle

Columbia, Md. -- W.R. Grace & Co., a Columbia-based developer of catalyst and materials Technologies, said it will pay $416 million to acquire the Polyolefin Catalysts business of North Carolina-based specialty chemical company Albemarle. The deal is expected to be completed by the end of March. Grace said the acquisition significantly strengthens its catalysts technology portfolio, commercial relationships and manufacturing network. Approximately 175 employees will join Grace, which also gains catalysts manufacturing operations in Louisiana and South Korea. "This transaction aligns perfectly with our strategy to expand our leadership position in polyolefin catalysts," said Fred Festa, Grace's chairman and CEO. "I am excited about the opportunities created by adding the talent, advanced technology, and manufacturing capabilities of the business."
http://www.grace.com
https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2017/12/14/1262340/0/en/Grace-to-Acquire-Polyolefin-Catalysts-Business.html 
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o Chevy Chase-Based NEA Invests in Healthcare Technology Startup Curisium

Chevy Chase, Md. -- New Enterprise Associates (NEA), the Chevy Chase-based venture capital firm, said it has invested in California-based healthcare technology and services startup Curisium as part of that company's new $3.5 million seed round. Flare Capital Partners, Shuttle Fund, Sanofi Ventures and Green Bay Ventures also participated. Bill Geary of Flare Capital and Mohamad Makhzoumi of NEA have joined the company's board of directors. Curisium's platform uses blockchain and secure computation technologies to allow payers, providers and life science companies to enter into contracts. "Blockchain technology has tremendous potential and there is a huge opportunity to implement this application within the healthcare industry," said Makhzoumi.
http://www.curisium.com
https://www.curisium.com/single-post/2017/12/13/Curisium-Raises-35M-to-Scale-Innovative-Healthcare-Contracting-on-Blockchain 
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o Unisys Federal President PV Puvvada Named Chair of PSC

Reston, Va. -- Unisys Federal, a Reston-based provider of information technology tools to the federal government, said on Friday that its president, PV Puvvada, has been elected to serve as chair of the Professional Services Council (PSC). The PSC is an industry trade group representing technology and professional services companies serving the government. The news comes six months after Puvvada was elected vice chair, and he also previously served as chair of PSC's Civilian Agencies Council. "PV has served in many leadership roles at PSC over the years, and this week's election represents an opportunity for PSC to draw on his years of experience," said David Berteau, the organization's president and CEO.
http://www.unisys.com/news/news%20release/unisys-federal-president-pv-puvvada-elected-chair-of-psc-board 
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o EY: Global IPO Activity Reaches Highest Level Since 2007

London -- Global IPO activity surged in 2017, making it the most active year since 2007, according to a new report by EY. So far this year, 1,624 IPOs have raised $188.8 billion, an increase of 49% by number of deals and 40% by capital raised compared with 2016.The numbers are raising expectation for an especially active 2018. "With this great momentum, IPO candidates are lining up for 2018. The outlook appears bright, driven by lower volatility across regions, high valuation levels and a renewed appetite for cross-border IPOs particularly in the U.S., Hong Kong and London," said Martin Steinbach, EY's global and EMEIA IPO leader. "A healthy global pipeline across a broad range of sectors and markets suggests IPO activity levels will be up and with more megadeals increasing the global proceeds in 2018."
http://www.ey.com/gl/en/newsroom/news-releases/news-ey-investors-look-to-2018-for-increased-growth-as-the-ipo-market-returns-to-pre-crisis-level-highs-in-2017 
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o Report: More Than Two-Thirds of Federal Employees Require Cloud Access

Washington, DC -- While more than two-thirds of federal employees now say they require cloud access to complete work, 24% remain dissatisfied with their agency's cloud offerings, according to a new survey by Government Business Council and Deloitte. What's more, 59% of respondents believe their organization's cloud governance is nonexistent or ineffective, and 71% claim to have used IT applications that haven't been approved by their agency. "How the cloud is used -- governance, tech enablement and organizational factors -- will determine the success of cloud adoption," said Doug Bourgeois, the managing director of Deloitte Consulting and its federal cloud leader. "The power of the cloud to advance the federal government's use of new technology seems widely unknown. While cost and efficiency benefits are well understood, these other cloud capabilities can help the federal government adopt next generation tech much faster -- and unleash the tremendous untapped potential of cloud investments." The complete report is available at the link below.
http://cdn.govexec.com/media/gbc/docs/deloittecloud2017_1208v2.pdf (PDF)
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(McLean, Va.) McLean-based WidePoint, a provider of managed mobility services specializing in cybersecurity and telecom expense management, said on Friday it has partnered with Columbia-based Silent Circle, a developer of enterprise-class mobile security, privacy and compliance tools. Under the deal, the two companies will deliver joint security products to federal agencies through WidePoint's blanket purchase agreement with the Department of Homeland Security.
http://www.widepoint.com 
http://www.silentcircle.com 
https://www.widepoint.com/silent-circle-and-widepoint-team-to-deliver-secure-mobile-solutions-to-the-u-s-federal-sector/ 

(Herndon, Va.) Herndon-based ViON, which designs, delivers and maintains IT infrastructure for the military, governments and commercial businesses, has named David Kushner as its vice president of federal sales and Justin Ciaccio as its director of commercial and SLED sales. Kushner most recently served as the company's senior director of federal civilian sales, while Ciaccio was a business sales manager for Sprint.
https://www.vion.com/news/?id=175 

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> Dec 15th - Celebrate 30 Years of Companies, Capital & Community: MAVA's Annual Holiday Luncheon, Ritz Carlton, Tysons Corner.

December 15, Ritz Carlton, Tysons Corner, VA. As the capstone event of 2017, MAVA’s 30th Anniversary Year, this special edition of the Annual Holiday Luncheon & CEO Celebration will bring together the "who’s who" of the MAVA community for a star-studded showcase of the organization’s Rich History and Bright Future. The action-packed program will showcase some of the year’s most notable success stories of the year including the Appian IPO, the Broadsoft acquisition by Cisco and the Neustar $2.9 Billion acquisition by private equity firm Golden Gate Capital, along with updates from recent TechBUZZ Alumni and anniversary toasts from those who have contributed to the organization’s deep and long-lasting impact in the market. Participating investors include: Updata Partners, 3TS Capital, Core Capital, Camber Creek, Kinetic Ventures, TDF Ventures, In-Q-Tel, Boulder Ventures, River Cities Capital Funds, Vital Venture Capital, JMI Equity, CIT GAP funds, Harbert Growth Partners, and many more. MAVA welcomes all to join us in support of our collective history for being the hub of innovation investing for more than 30 years. A special thank-you to all of our members and supporters -- both past and present -- who have made possible our 30-years of service. Come join the 30th Anniversary Celebration - Register today (anniversary sponsor tables available)! This popular event is on track to sell out once again. Don't wait, register today! http://mava.org/holiday-luncheon-2017/

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> Women in Technology Mentor-Protege Program - Accepting Applications


Women in Technology of the Washington DC Metro Area is accepting applications for proteges to join the next Mentor-Protege Program, which starts in February 2018. Mentors and proteges dedicate one evening per month to foster career and professional development. Proteges are professional women seeking to advance their careers in technology (STEM, IT, etc.). Proteges are typically women early in their career, or changing career direction, or reentering the workforce and who desire to work with a more seasoned professional. Mentors are director or executive level professionals with at least 15 years of career experience providing leadership in technical or business functions. Mentoring sessions also feature a light dinner, networking, and presentations from speakers on career-related topics For more information on the program or to apply as protege (or mentor) please see http://www.womenintechnology.org/mentoring For questions please contact Karen Herr, WIT Mentor-Protege Committee: karenaherr@gmail.com


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