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TCM Board Members Named to Prestigious State Economic Development Commission

Rockville, Md. – (March 14 2014) –The Tech Council of Maryland (TCM), Maryland’s largest technology trade association, is pleased to announce that three members of its board have been named to a statewide private sector economic development commission. They are Douglas Doerfler, CEO of MaxCyte and TCM chairman; Dr. DeRionne Pollard, president of Montgomery College; and Christy Wyskiel, senior advisor for Enterprise Development at Johns Hopkins University.

The commission, created by Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., and House Speaker Michael E. Busch earlier this year, is charged with making recommendations to the presiding leadership in Annapolis in late 2014 on ways Maryland can position itself at the forefront of the innovation economy by enhancing its current economic development structure and incentive programs to become more competitive, which then leads to increased economic and private sector growth, innovation and prosperity.

“Having three TCM board members, including our chairman, serve on this critical commission is of tremendous benefit to our members and to the technologies and life sciences communities at-large,” said TCM’s CEO, Phil Schiff. “This is a testament to the role innovation from the technology and life science sectors have played in making Maryland as strong as it is today. They are absolutely essential to Maryland’s future economic growth. We look forward to the commission’s work and recommendations.”

The Commission is chaired by Norman Augustine, former Undersecretary of the Army, president of Lockheed Martin, and chairman and principal officer of the American Red Cross.

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