ROCKVILLE, Md., Nov. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to accelerate growth in the cybersecurity and health technology industries in Montgomery County, BioHealth Innovation, Inc. (BHI) has partnered with The MITRE Corporation of McLean, Virginia—a not-for-profit corporation that operates federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs), including the National Cybersecurity FFRDC. BHI will serve as the primary manager for the Rockville Innovation Center (RIC), which is home of BHI's health tech startup accelerator, Relevant Health. MITRE will provide the resident RIC start-up companies technical mentorship and insight into the most pressing cybersecurity challenges facing business and government today. This collaboration is an extension of a strategic initiative recently launched by MITRE to act as an innovation bridge between the private and public sectors. The RIC will support start-ups and attract early-stage technology companies within these key technology sectors to graduate companies into commercial spaces in Montgomery County in a few short years. "Adding cybersecurity thought leadership expands the supportive capabilities of the RIC and our broader regional partnerships," said Richard Bendis, BHI President and CEO. "While the RIC currently serves as a great resource for health tech and biotech startups, we plan to support the convergence that is happening across disciplines that is driving new technology development in the Internet of Things, personalized medicine and other connected health devices. Cybersecurity is a major consideration to be addressed." Start-up companies will be aided by a variety of resources including BHI "Entrepreneurs-in-Residence," MITRE technologists, key-opinion-leader sessions, tactical workshops on technology development, and entrepreneurship support from various corporate, strategic and investment partners. "Collaborating with an organization like BHI that excels in every aspect of managing an innovation center provides a unique opportunity for MITRE," said Dr. Mark Maybury, MITRE's Chief Security Officer, Vice President and Director of the National Cybersecurity FFRDC, sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. "This arrangement enables each party to focus on what it does best, while taking both the RIC and Montgomery County's business community to new heights." MITRE will mentor RIC's startups in the areas of technology strategy and solution approach, as well as government and industry engagement.