Chester County Briefly: March 9

Terry Kerwin

Fox Rothschild

The firm has announced that its Emerging Companies & Venture Capital practice group has been recognized in the 2018 Chambers USA guide in the Startups & Emerging Companies Nationwide category.

This prestigious recognition emphasizes Fox’s strategic expansion of its practice as one of the nation’s foremost ECVC teams.

Team members were also individually selected for inclusion: National co-chairs Randy Adler and Liz Sigety were named “Recognized Practitioners,” and Terry Kerwin, a partner at Fox’s Exton office, was again listed as a “Leader in the Law.”

Since 1990, Chambers has published the world’s leading guides to the legal profession and has built a reputation for in-depth, objective research.

Chester County Sheriff’s Office Wild Game Dinner

Nearly 300 people recently gathered at the Ballroom at the Westside in West Chester for the much-anticipated Ninth Annual Dinner.

The sellout crowd supported a variety of initiatives that help to ensure the safety of deputies, as well as members of the public. Guests dined, family style, on a multi-course feast that included alligator bites, wild boar sausage soup, bear sausage-stuffed mushrooms, venison braciola, and stuffed quail.

Purchases made possible by the dinner have ranged from a trio of motorcycles used for police escorts to the acquisition and training of members of the K-9 Unit, which now includes 10 teams.

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Black Balloon Overdose Awareness Day

Chester County’s Department of Drug and Alcohol Services recently participated in Black Balloon Overdose Awareness Day, a day remembering not only those lost to the disease of addiction, but the friends and family of the loved ones left behind.

The county joined communities across the nation, encouraging individuals and organizations to come together and publicly display a black balloon outside of their homes, businesses, or in the community.

“In 2016, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recorded over 64,000 overdose deaths in the United States, and in Pennsylvania alone, over 4,600,” said Vince Brown, Executive Director of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Services. “Sadly, all evidence points to these numbers being higher in 2017.

“The display of black balloons throughout our community will illustrate that Chester County, just like all other communities across our nation, has been greatly affected by drug addiction and overdose deaths. The display also conveys that ‘we are all in this together,’ while generating greater awareness of the opioid and heroin epidemic.”

Galera Therapeutics

The Malvern-based biotechnology company’s new drug candidate to treat a side effect of radiation therapy has been awarded a breakthrough therapy designation from the FDA, writes John George for the Philadelphia Business Journal.

GC4419 is Galera’s lead product candidate being developed as a treatment to reduce the duration, incidence, and severity of severe oral mucositis induced by radiation.

Currently, there is no drug approved to prevent or treat severe oral mucositis in patients with head and neck cancer.

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