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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.

By Phyllis Jordan  |  May 18, 2009; 11:30 AM ET
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New advancements in medicine, countless jobs and steady economic growth
have all resulted from continued efforts to further medical innovation in
Maryland. I applaud Governor O’Malley for his efforts to support
biosciences in Maryland. The jobs created by the industry help drive
Maryland’s economic engine and the pioneering cures made right here in
Maryland benefit people around the world.
I hope that federal elected officials in Washington also appreciate that a big part of Maryland's future prosperity will in part depend on Maryland maintaining a lead role in scientific, technological and medical advancements. As health reform begins to be debated in Congress, I hope that the voices of the researchers and scientist are heard and further opportunities are provided to the industry to create an environment of efficient and productive research science.

- Lissette Acosta- employee of Human Genome Sciences

Posted by: lacosta2 | May 19, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

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