2022 ISPE Mid-Atlantic Science & Technology Showcase Brings the Local Life Science Community Back Together

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After 2 (long) years, the widely-popular ISPE Mid-Atlantic Science & Technology (MAST) Showcase was back in person, with excitement and energy filling the rooms as professionals from across the BioHealth Capital Region and beyond gathered at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, MD.

Help Wanted in Biomanufacturing: The need for more training programs for workers grows

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Many community colleges are now offering intense boot camps that last weeks instead of years, she says. Montgomery College and Frederick Community College, both in Maryland, launched weeks-long biotech boot camps in 2021 and 2022, respectively.
Graduates usually leave with a certificate and the laboratory skills that employers are looking for, such as moving cells without contaminating them and donning gear needed to work in a sterile environment.

Meet Your 2021 BioBuzz Award Winners

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Today, we are excited to announce the winners of our 2nd Annual BioBuzz Awards. The BioBuzz Awards are a celebration of the exciting and groundbreaking work being done by the BioHealth Capital Region (BHCR) life science community and the individuals that make innovation happen across Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

2021 BioBuzz Awards Finalists

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We’re excited to announce this year’s finalists for the second annual 2021 BioBuzz Awards. These awards celebrate the people and companies across our regional community and their efforts and accomplishments to impact human health and build a stronger biotech community.

Milken Institute Report Highlights How Maryland is Growing one of the Nation’s Strongest Life Science Ecosystems

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Home to an array of renowned universities, federal labs, and government resources, it’s no surprise that the globally renowned Milken Institute found that Maryland “has one of the nation’s strongest life sciences industries,” according to its recent report.

It’s clear that Maryland’s efforts to grow its recognition as a life sciences/biotech hub have paid off. However, there is still more work to be done in order for Maryland’s R&D growth trajectory to keep up with other leading hubs such as Massachusetts and North Carolina.


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The Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) has released the report findings of an expert Economic Advisory Panel to develop a consensus strategy to grow the economy of Montgomery County, Maryland. The report, entitled Connecting the Dots: Accelerating Economic Growth in Montgomery County, Maryland, offers an action plan of the immediate steps necessary to transform Montgomery County’s economic climate into the top tier nationally.

GSK and Montgomery College Partnership Offers Unique Apprenticeship Opportunity to “Earn and Learn”

Sabrina GSK Laboratory Apprentice
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Thanks to a unique partnership between GlaxoSmithKline and Montgomery College, students who are interested in pursuing a biotech career no longer must face this crossroad. They can now have the best of both worlds – earning a respected biotech associate degree from Montgomery College all while gaining specialized, hands-on job experience on the grounds of GSK.

Montgomery College Biotechnology: Educating Research and Manufacturing Associates and Scientists for the BioHealth Capital Region

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Montgomery College, Maryland’s largest and most diverse community college, provides the BioHealth Capital Region with dozens of qualified research and manufacturing associates each year. 

Strengthening Workforce Preparedness and Diversity through Academia-Industry Partnership

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The BioHealth Capital Region (BHCR) has been witnessing a strong upward growth trajectory in recent years. The COVID-19 pandemic has only heightened the need for increased research, diagnostic and domestic manufacturing needs in the region. But while workforce needs are in demand, the right skills are in short supply.

5 Questions with Leah Sera, PharmD, MA, BCPS, Program Director, MS in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics (MCST), Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

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Leah Sera, PharmD, MA, BCPS, is the Program Director, MS in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics (MCST), and an Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She is currently an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science. Her clinical specialties are pain management and palliative care.