Chester County Briefly: August 22


Chester County Women’s Services

Coatesville-based CCWS, a nonprofit pregnancy care medical center, is holding its annual 5K Run/Walk for Life on Saturday, Sept. 16 at Kerr Park and Struble Trail in Downingtown.

The event commences next to the Kerr Park playground with the run/walk beginning at 8 AM, followed by Family Fun Day from 9-11:30 AM. Two food trucks, Kona Ice, and Haute Wheels will be on site, selling breakfast, lunch, and dessert treats.

Click here to register. Businesses and individuals that wish to be a sponsor or to donate material items for the event can contact Mary Pepe at or call 610-383-0930.

VenatoRx Pharmaceuticals

VenatoRx, a biopharmaceutical company in Malvern that is developing new antibiotics for drug-resistant bacterial infections, received a commitment of up to $9.4 million from the Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Accelerator, writes John George for the Philadelphia Business Journal.

VenatoRx plans to use the proceeds to support the discovery and preclinical development of a new class of antibiotic that circumvents Beta-lactam antibiotic resistance, but has the same safe and effective mechanism of action of Beta-lactams.

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Aclaris Therapeutics

Aclaris, a biopharmaceutical company in Malvern, submitted an investigational new drug application with the Food and Drug Administration seeking to begin human clinical testing of an experimental treatment for alopecia areata, writes John George for the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that affects about two percent of the population at some point during their lifetimes. The condition results in partial or complete loss of hair on the scalp and body.

Jason Herron

Jason Herron

East Vincent Township resident Jason Herron, an attorney at Blue Bell’s Wisler Pearlstine, has been elected Board Member and Treasurer of Community Service Foundation (CSF), as well as Treasurer of Buxmont Academy. CSF and Buxmont Academy are organizations that provide education, counseling, foster care, and other services to troubled and at-risk youth in Eastern Pennsylvania.

At Wisler Pearlstine, Herron represents business entities, financial institutions, municipalities, school districts, and private individuals in a wide variety of commercial transactions and financial matters. His practice focuses on the negotiation and documentation of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions, dispositions, and leases, and the representation of lenders and borrowers in various types of commercial financing transactions.

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NextGen Security

Exton’s NextGen Security – a security systems integrator offering best in class industry knowledge, engineering design, implementation, management, and on-going maintenance services – was named as one of America’s fastest-growing private companies by Inc. magazine. The list represents a comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy: America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs.

“It’s truly an honor to rank No. 1677 on Inc. magazine’s America’s fastest-growing private companies list,” said Ryan Loughin, NextGen Security’s President and Co-Founder. “To be included in such a prestigious list is a significant achievement for NextGen, and this recognition is a direct reflection of our leadership, employees, partnerships, and continued commitment to the industry.”

Chadds Ford Historical Society

How did Colonists prepare for the hard, winter months? During September’s Tavern Talks, on Sept. 14, the CFHS will be exploring the various ways Colonists planned for the winter, such as preserving foods, sewing and spinning, candle-making, and more.

Guest demonstrators for the evening include herb drying and preservation with Terra Luna Herbals, preparing cheese with Amazing Acres Goat Dairy, spinning wool with Greenbank Mills & Philips Farm, beekeeping with Brandywine Bee Company, and learning about the power of vinegar with Keepwell Vinegar.

Tavern Talks is a monthly experience aimed exclusively for adults 21 and older that focuses on unexplored aspects of early American history and culture. Guests will experience history with hands-on activities, food and drink tastings, demonstrations, and more.

Click here for more information.

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