5 Questions with Julie Martin, Economic Development Specialist, Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation

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Julie Martin is a South African born Australian with 20 years commercial facing experience across government, private industry and the not-for-profit sectors. Julie develops investment attraction opportunities for the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation in the state of Maryland, USA and holds a Master’s Degree in International Development from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia.

Surge in Demand Fuels Increase of 1.6 Million Square Feet in Montgomery County, Maryland’s Life Sciences Lab Inventory

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Montgomery County, Maryland, home of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and more than 480 life sciences companies, continues its momentum as a magnet for new life sciences development with a major surge in leasing and investment. With rising demand and just 5.2% availability for the county’s existing lab space, an additional 1.6 million square feet (SF) of lab space is in development—joining the current 10.6 million SF of total lab inventory already in Montgomery County.

BioHealth Innovation Announces Sarah Miller as New VP of Economic Development

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Sarah Miller has served in various positions that have given her the tools necessary to help communities recognize and build upon their unique assets. In her work across Pennsylvania and Maryland, she has created high-quality civic spaces, helped industrial communities reinvent themselves, supported new farmers, built technology business incubators, and managed local public art programs.

MCEDC and FLC Partnership to Strengthen Local Engagement with Federal Laboratories and Support Tech Commercialization

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The Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) and the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalize a strategic partnership to help build a stronger local relationship between federal labs and Montgomery County’s private sector, particularly small businesses.

These Seed and Early-Stage Investment Funds in Maryland Are Fueling Life Science Startups

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Perhaps the single biggest challenge faced by startup entrepreneurs and early-stage life science companies is securing the necessary funding to fuel innovation and growth. The BioHealth Capital Region (BHCR) life science community as a whole faces a similar challenge when it comes to access to venture capital funding; this challenge has been noted by many BHCR thought leaders and well-documented in a host of BioBuzz stories.