Business Notes: Bethesda Firm Named Emerging Life Science Business of the Year

Plus: Mysa Microschool coming to Woodmont Avenue; Bethesda ranks among the best small cities for real estate agents

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A BrainScope concussion diagnosis device being tested

via BrainScope

BrainScope named emerging life science business of the year in Maryland

The Bethesda-based biotech firm BrainScope was named the Emerging Life Science Firm of the Year by the Tech Council of Maryland at its 28th annual awards dinner Wednesday. The firm has been researching and developing devices designed to detect concussions in soldiers, athletes and other individuals who experience significant head trauma. The company received the award for being unique in its field, demonstrating growth and for targeting a critical market need, according to the Tech Council of Maryland, a trade association composed of more than 300 members.

In July, the company received a $500,000 award for being named one of six finalists of the General Electric NFL Head Health Challenge, which asked firms to submit proposals for technology to detect concussions. BrainScope has developed a device that fits on a person’s head and compares EEG ratings from the individual to historical data collected from patients who were diagnosed with a concussion to determine if the person has suffered a concussion. The company believes it will one day be able to quickly diagnose concussions in a locker room or on a battlefield using the device. The company has received two Food and Drug Administration approvals for its technology.

Mysa Microschool coming to former Bruce Variety space on Woodmont Avenue

A one-room schoolhouse plans to fill the former Bruce Variety space at 8011 Woodmont Ave. in Bethesda. Mysa Microschool will hold its first school year at the small building this fall. Mysa’s website says the school will offer students an individualized education experience in a one-room schoolhouse setting in which students will often be working collaboratively. Tuition for the 2016-2017 school year is $20,000, according to the website. The school is enrolling students in grades six to nine for the first school year. An open house is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. June 12 at Pizzeria Da Marco in Bethesda. News of the school opening in Bethesda was first reported by local blogger Robert Dyer.

Bethesda ranks first in list of best cities for real estate agents

It’s hardly a surprise real estate agents in the Bethesda area make a good living—home prices inside the Capital Beltway are some of the most expensive in the country. A new ranking by ValuePenguin found Bethesda is the fifth best small city (with populations up to 00,000) for real estate agents. The website used U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to rank large, medium and small cities based on the median income for real estate agents and took into account additional factors such as average home sale prices and cost of living. Olympia and Bellingham, Washington; Barnstable, Massachusetts; and Wilmington, Delaware, were the only small cities to outrank Bethesda. 

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