GBC’s Don Fry praises governor’s $1.1 billion bioscience plan for Maryland

Greater Baltimore Committee president and CEO Donald C. Fry praised Governor Martin O’Malley’s proposal to quadruple the amount of Maryland’s available biotech investment tax credits by 2013 and to invest $1.1 billion over the next 10 years to grow the state’s bioscience industry. Other elements of O’Malley’s “Bio 2020” proposal...

UMB BioPark growing; celebrates Building Two grand opening

More than 300 business and government leaders joined the community and campus on March 31 to celebrate the growth of the University of Maryland BioPark with the opening of Building Two and the launching of Building Three. The themed celebration, “Watch Us Grow – in square feet, community impact, and in bioscience collaborations,” was held under a tent in the center of the BioPark. “This marks another milestone in the … Continue reading

Greater Baltimore Committee awards three CEOs and university president at 2008 Baltimore Region Bioscience Awards Ceremony

Three biotech CEOs and the president of one of the area’s major research universities were honored today by the Greater Baltimore Committee as winners of the region’s third bioscience award competition. Winners of the 2008 Greater Baltimore Region Bioscience Awards are: Best New Product or Progress: Timothy E. Askew, president and CEO, CSA Medical, Inc. Askew’s very young Baltimore-based company has developed a breakthrough product incorporating a new medical device … Continue reading

Greater Baltimore Committee to announce winners of third Baltimore region Bioscience Awards

More than 140 leaders from the Baltimore region’s bioscience industry and research community will attend a breakfast reception at the Greater Baltimore Committee to honor winners of the 2008 Greater Baltimore Region Bioscience Awards. This is the third annual awards event presented by the Greater Baltimore Committee, the region’s most prominent organization of business and civic leaders, to recognize outstanding achievements in the region’s bioscience industry. The Greater Baltimore Committee … Continue reading

GBC’s Fry: Maryland�s maturing bioscience industry

Don Fry Commentary on WYPR Maryland’s young bioscience industry is growing up. It’s not yet mature, but significant signs of growth are there. This spring Baltimore will gain 450,000 square feet of bioscience lab and office space as UMB BioParks’ second building opens in March on the city’s west side, and the first bioscience building at the Science + Technology Park at Johns Hopkins on the east side opens in … Continue reading

Van Hollen: Maryland “well positioned” in bioscience industry

The state of Maryland is well positioned to move forward in the bioscience industry and to compete at a national level, said Congressman Chris Van Hollen. “We need greater cross pollination… and to create opportunities for symbiotic relationships.” More than 300 bioscience companies are located in Maryland, Van Hollen told GBC members at a Bioscience Speaker Series lecture on July 18. More than 25,000 jobs relate directly to the biotech … Continue reading

Report cites need to expand BioTechnical Institute’s bioscience workforce training

A recent report by the University of Baltimore urges the continued expansion of the BioTechnical Institute of Maryland, Inc. (BTI), a Baltimore nonprofit that trains city residents who are high school graduates and places them in biotech industry jobs. The report evaluates the workforce development programs of BTI, which was founded in 1998 by a Johns Hopkins geneticist to offer tuition-free training for jobs in Maryland’s expanding biotech industry. Bioscience … Continue reading

GBC’s Fry: Wanted: More training for entry-level jobs in bioscience

Don Fry Commentary on WYPR When we think of the jobs in the bioscience industry, we tend to think in terms of those requiring college degrees ranging from bachelor’s to multiple graduate degrees. That’s because the industry is driven by high-level academic and scientific skills. So, what percentage of jobs in Maryland’s growing bioscience sector is open to people with only a high school diploma? Would you believe 38 percent? … Continue reading

Biotech building’s ‘topping off’ marks milestone for east side biopark project

More than 150 business and government leaders joined construction craftspeople on April 27 to celebrate the “topping off” of the first building in the Science and Technology Park at Johns Hopkins on Baltimore’s east side. Guests at the ceremony signed the final beam, which was hoisted to the top of the building at 855 Wolfe Street after a ceremony commemorating the event. The 255,000 square-foot John G. Rangos Sr. Building, … Continue reading

Four firms and research center garner GBC’s 2007 Baltimore region Bioscience Awards

Greater Baltimore region biotech CEOs and companies were honored March 14 by the Greater Baltimore Committee as winners of the region’s second bioscience award competition. Winners of the Greater Baltimore Region Bioscience Awards are: Entrepreneurial Spirit: Dr. Shira Kramer, President and Founder, Sterilex Corporation. Sterilex was the first company to introduce products specifically focused on biofilm in the control of microbial contamination. Kramer guided Sterilex through regulatory obstacles for 10 … Continue reading