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PHAMECEUTICALS. Virpax Pharmaceuticals, based in Pennsylvania, recently hired Forbes Tate Partners to work on issues related to non-opioid pain management, according to disclosures. Jeff Sadosky, former communications director to Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanBiden says transition outreach from Trump administration has been 'sincere' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump holds his last turkey pardon ceremony The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience MORE (R-Ohio), and Ryan Welch, former legislative director for Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbySpending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight Trump, Pelosi barrel toward final border wall showdown On The Money: Push for student loan forgiveness puts Biden in tight spot | Trump is wild card as shutdown fears grow | Mnuchin asks Fed to return 5 billion in unspent COVID emergency funds MORE (R-Ala.), will work on the account.


TECHNOLOGY. Microsoft hired Hobart Hallaway & Quayle Ventures to work on privacy, appropriations, technology policy, cybersecurity, defense and high-skilled immigration issues. Former Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) and Robert Hobart, former deputy chief of staff to ex-Rep. Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.), will work on the account.



CANNABIS. The Global Alliance for Cannabis Commerce hired McGuireWoods Consulting to work on cannabis reform. Robert Wasinger, former chief of staff to ex-Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.); Michael Drobac, former legislative director to ex-Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.); and Randal Meyer, former legislative counsel to Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulMcConnell halts in-person Republican lunches amid COVID-19 surge Biden's Cabinet a battleground for future GOP White House hopefuls Loeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection MORE (R-Ky.), will work on the account.


TRAVEL. Travel company Horse Tours & Travel S.A.E. hired Dentons US to work on U.S. policies regarding Egypt. Charles Dorkey will work on the account.


MANUFACTURING. Mobile Barriers, a manufacturer based in Colorado, hired Squire Patton Boggs for work with the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security to explore potential uses and interest in mobile barriers. Carolina Mederos, a former Department of Transportation aide, will work on the account.