Tech Council of Maryland's Names 2009 Tech Award Winners
(ROCKVILLE, MD) May 14, 2009 The Tech Council of Maryland (TCM) announced the winners of its 21st Annual Dinner & Tech Awards Celebration last night in front of nearly 800 leaders from the technology, biotech, government and academia communities at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Bethesda, MD.
Each year TCM recognizes the outstanding work and achievements of local companies and individuals that are helping Maryland become the nation's leading technology State. This year's theme "Come Together" reflects the spirit of Maryland's technology and biotechnology communities working together to fulfill that promise.
This year saw a record number of nominations for the Tech Awards, as well as the introduction of STEM Educator of the Year.
"I would like to thank all of the finalists for their commitment to innovation and excellence," said Edward T. Colbert, partner in the DC office of Kenyon & Kenyon LLP and chair of the TCM Annual Dinner and Tech Awards Committee. "And this year, I am honored, through the first ever STEM Educator of the Year Award, to recognize the teachers, whose talent and dedication inspire the technology and biotech leaders of tomorrow."
"The Maryland technology and biotechnology communities set the bar for research and development the world over," said TCM board chairman Ed Rudnic. "I am proud to highlight the achievements of these innovative men and women."
The award winners are:
- STEM Educator of the Year: Kim Bickerstaff, of the Western School of Technology and Environmental Science, a public magnet school in Baltimore County, Md. was honored for her achievement in incorporating science, technology, engineering and math into her ecology and biology classes, as well as the extracurricular activities and events that she sponsors, plans and implements.
- Executive of the Year: David Kline, chief information officer, Discovery Communications. Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Discovery Communications is a global nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in 170 countries through 100-plus worldwide networks.
- Biotechnology Firm of the Year: Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Bethesda, Md. global biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing medicines based on prostones.
- High Technology Firm of the Year: Fairchild Controls, an industry-leading aerospace company with engineering and manufacturing facilities located in Frederick, Md.
- Government Contracting Firm of the Year: Catapult Technology, Ltd., a Bethesda, Md.-based Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVO) business that provides Information Technology (IT) and Management Consulting, Enterprise Systems, and Information Management Services to the Federal government and private sector.
- Emerging Company of the Year: Integrated BioTherapeutics, Inc. (IBT), a research-based biotechnology company dedicated to development of vaccines and therapeutics targeting infectious agents, headquartered in Germantown, Md.
The event is sponsored by:
- Platinum Sponsors: Kenyon & Kenyon LLP
- Award Sponsors: CitiBank, N.A., Human Genome Sciences, MedImmune, PNC Bank, Scheer Partners, TEDCO, Watkins, Meegan, Drury & Company, LLC
- Gold Sponsors: Computech, Comcast, Lockheed Martin, PhRMA, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Thales Communications
- Silver Sponsors: Biotechnology Industry Organization, Howard County Economic Development Authority, Johns Hopkins University, Montgomery County Campus, SC&H Group, LLC, Social and Scientific Systems
- VIP Reception Sponsors: Apptis Technology Solutions
- Bronze Sponsors: Bank of America, Boyden global executive search, Hughes Network Systems, M&T Bank, SAIC-Frederick, RCM&D/Medmarc/The Hartford
ABOUT THE TECH COUNCIL OF MARYLAND, INC.
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.