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MdBioLab Celebrates 8 Years Educating
75,000 Local Youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
(ROCKVILLE, MD) – July 20, 2010 – The MdBio Foundation today took its MdBioLab to Capitol Hill to underscore the impact that mobile labs have in helping provide bioscience educational opportunities to high school students around the country. The MdBioLab, which is celebrating a milestone of educating more than 75,000 students throughout Maryland, is one of 65 mobile laboratories nationally on wheels that provide advanced, hands-on educational programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to high school students and teachers at schools with limited scientific facilities.
The MdBioLab has been operating in Maryland since 2003. During this time, the lab has traveled to every county in the state, instructing at 183 schools for a total of 260 visits. Today on Capitol Hill, the MdBioLab offered lawmakers and other visitors the opportunity to see its state-of the-art, industry-grade biotechnology equipment and participate in a classroom demonstration. The event was attended by a number of prominent local lawmakers and industry executives, including Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD); Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D-MD); Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD); J.J. Finkelstein, President and CEO of RegeneRx; Gary McGarrity, Executive Vice President of Scientific and Clinical Affairs at VIRxSYS; and Renée Winsky, CEO of the Tech Council of Maryland. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer´s office also made a special presentation at today´s event recognizing MdBioLab student alumni from his fifth Congressional district.
ABOUT THE MDBIO FOUNDATION
MdBio seeks to unify, empower and advance Maryland´s bioscience industry. Guided by a volunteer Board of Directors largely composed of senior industry leaders, the MdBio staff develops and implements a variety of programs to serve the needs of bioscience companies in the state of Maryland. An affiliate of the Tech Council of Maryland, the MdBio Foundation is a private charitable organization that provides and supports bioscience awareness, education and workforce development in the state of Maryland.