O'Malley Announces Plan for Biotech Center
Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) this morning announced the planned opening of the Maryland Biotechnology Center in Montgomery County, intended as a resource for the state's life sciences sector, as he prepared to head for a conference in Atlanta on the industry's future.
The center, expected to open within 60 days, will be in the Shady Grove Life Sciences Park with another office "co-located" at the World Trade Center in Baltimore, state Commerce Department officials said.
O'Malley said the new biotechnology center would be "a one-stop shop, yes with two locations" for the industry.
Maryland is home to more than 400 biotech companies. O'Malley plans to detail a state strategy for courting and sustaining the industry while in Atlanta. He noted that the industry has continued to generate jobs even in the economic downturn.
O'Malley made the announcement following a tour of the Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation in Rockville, which is working to develop and distribute a new tuberculosis vaccine worldwide.
At a news conference following the tour, Montgomery County Executive Isaiah Leggett (D) made several mentions of the fact that O'Malley, a former Baltimore mayor, grew up in Montgomery County.
"I can almost see the roof of my mother's home," O'Malley said as he stepped up to the podium.
May 18, 2009; 11:30 AM ET
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