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Washington, D.C. – (June 28, 2011) – The Tech Council of Maryland (TCM), Maryland’s largest technology and biotechnology association with nearly 500 members employing more than 250,000 in the region, and the MdBio Foundation Inc., its private charitable affiliate, today began showcasing the best of the state’s biotechnology industry at the 2011 BIO International Convention in Washington, D.C. Maryland companies and educational institutions exhibiting at BIO were joined by Gov. Martin O’Malley, who participated in the ceremonial ribbon cutting to open the show.
“We’re honored to represent the state as a regional host of this year’s BIO convention and have the opportunity to show the more than 15,000 expected attendees from around the world the strength of the biotech industry in our region,” said Renée Winsky, CEO of TCM. “There are more than 40 organizations featured in the Maryland Pavilion – ranging from top educational and research facilities to companies developing cutting-edge therapeutics and diagnostics – which all contribute making Maryland one of the top regions in the country for bioscience.”
In the exhibit hall will be the MdBioLab, a custom-built, 45-foot tractor trailer equipped with 16 state-of-the-art lab benches that serves as a mobile bioscience education laboratory for Maryland high schools. To date, more than 75,000 students have had the opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, in ways that would not have been impossible in a classroom setting.
“Schools today are faced with limited resources, making it difficult for students to have access to the cutting-edge technologies used by the leading firms in our state,” said MdBio Foundation Chairman J.J. Finkelstein, who also is president and CEO of RegeneRx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. “The MdBioLab helps overcome these barriers and enables students to explore their passion in STEM. We’re proud to be able to bring the MdBioLab to the 2011 BIO convention to show attendees how we are taking an innovative approach to develop a skilled workforce for the future.”
Among the 40 organizations joining TCM and MdBio Foundation in the Maryland Pavilion (Booth 3504) are:
ABOUT THE TECH COUNCIL OF MARYLAND
The Tech Council of Maryland (TCM) is the largest technology trade group serving the advanced technology and biotechnology communities of Maryland. TCM’s mission is to advocate for the interests of the technology community, further the role of technology in the Maryland economy, and nurture an environment where technology companies can collaborate, grow and succeed. For more information, visit www.techcouncilmd.com.