The Maryland Life Sciences (MDLS) division of Maryland Tech Council (MTC) is a collaborative community, actively engaged in building stronger life science companies by supporting the efforts of our individual members who are saving and improving lives through innovation. MDLS is a regional association for the life sciences community. We support our member companies who are driving innovation through advocacy, education, workforce development, cost savings programs, and connecting entrepreneurial minds.
BioHub Maryland has entered into a life sciences and biomanufacturing training agreement with the Dublin, Ireland-based National Institute of Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT). The global partnership with NIBRT allows BioHub Maryland to be the exclusive provider of the NIBRT-licensed training in the National Capital Region. The global partnership enables BioHub Maryland to offer NIBRT’s globally trusted curriculum to equip Veterans and members of disadvantaged communities with the skills and knowledge to enter the life sciences field. The curriculum will also provide opportunities for life sciences employers to upskill and train employees more efficiently.
The National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training is a global center of excellence for training and research in biopharmaceutical manufacturing. NIBRT is located in a world class facility in Dublin, Ireland. This facility is purpose built to closely replicate a modern bioprocessing plant with state-of-the-art equipment and enables NIBRT to offer the highest quality training and research solutions. NIBRT’s mission is to support the growth and development of all aspects of the biopharmaceutical manufacturing industry.
BioHub Maryland and Platoon 22 have partnered to address the future skill needs of the fast-growing Maryland bioscience sector by engaging and providing Veterans access to specialized training and education for industry-focused careers in biopharma manufacturing. This partnership will address skills gaps, hiring and job-search challenges, and a unique direct connection between Veterans and the life sciences industry.
About Platoon 22
Platoon 22’s mission is to end Veteran suicide through the successful reintegration of service members and their families by assembling critical resources, providing peer support, and developing transitional programs.
Industry Advisory Committee
The Industry Advisory Committee consists of Maryland Tech Council members who work in the life sciences industry and who are committed to improving the talent pipeline for the biomanufacturing workforce in Maryland. The Industry Advisory Committee comes together to provide industry expertise and input regarding curriculum, training, and industry trends, to positively impact the life sciences ecosystem of Maryland and the BioHub Maryland initiative.
Brad Stewart, Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation
Brian Stamper, AstraZeneca
Trushar Agrawal, Kite Pharma
Carole Tilmont, Emergent BioSolutions
KaShauna Rohlehr, GSK
Tracy Merrell, RegenXBio
Ken Nichols, Kite Pharma
Tiffany Lukis, AstraZeneca
David Kahn, Macrogenics
Naren Kadaba, Kite Pharma
Ulyana Desiderio, Maryland Department of Commerce
CJ Overly, BXP
Brandon Nee, AstraZeneca
Veterans Advisory Committee
The Veterans Advisory Committee consists of Maryland Tech Council members who are also veterans currently working in life sciences. The committee advocates for the needs of veterans in life sciences or who want to be in a life sciences job. In addition, the committee provides valuable insight and recommendations on how to best support veterans and implement plans to lead to their success.
Nick Droste, Emergent BioSolutions
Patrick Calhoun, Nanocrine
Bill Enright, Barinthus Biotherapeutics
Frank Amato, Synaps Dx
John Bittman, NIST
Mel Litter, FITCI
Derek Grego, Vitrian
Paul Zielinski, Federal Lab Consortium
Wanda Franklin, IDT Biologika
Briana Hahn, Millipore Sigma
Jeffrey Hung, DiscerNMR, Inc
Mike Buher, Clearview Group
Community Outreach Committee
The Community Outreach Committee consists of Maryland Tech Council members who have a passion for actively engaging with their surrounding communities, building strong relationships, and raising awareness about BioHub Maryland, alternative career paths, and the biomanufacturing industry. The committee works collaboratively to address challenges faced by our surrounding communities and provide opportunities for growth, education, and career development.
Luis Salazar, Jr., Piper Companies
Briana Hahn, Millipore Sigma