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Martha Connolly Receives President’s Award at the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Fifth Annual Bioscience Awards Ceremony

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  March 26, 2010

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Martha Connolly, director of Mtech's Maryland industrial Partnerships program, holding the President's Award

COLLEGE PARK, Md.—Martha Connolly, director of the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) Maryland Industrial Partnerships program (www.mips.umd.edu) at the University of Maryland, was given the President's Award at the Greater Baltimore Committee's fifth annual Bioscience Awards ceremony, university officials announce today.

Connolly accepted the award at a ceremony held in Baltimore on March 25.

"The bioscience industry has made tremendous contributions to the Maryland economy and is critical to its growth in the future," says Connolly. "I am proud to have contributed to this vibrant and vital Maryland community."

Connolly has served as a leader in the Maryland bioscience industry for 25 years. She was the first biotechnology advocate hired at the state level when she joined the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development in 1997 to foster the bioscience industry in Maryland.

As head of the MIPS program for almost seven years, where nearly 40 percent of the funding for technology product research is awarded to projects led by bioscience companies, Connolly has supported the development of products for successful companies such as MedImmune, CSA Medical, PharmAthene, GenVec, Innovative Biosensors, 20/20 Gene Systems, Alba Therapeutics, A&G Pharmaceuticals and Gliknik.

Connolly created and spearheaded the new Maryland Drug Discovery Network, which collated the vast bioscience resources in Maryland to advance drug development. This Network spans the University System of Maryland, The Johns Hopkins University, and several of the state's community colleges. The Drug Discovery Network is now a part of the Maryland Biotechnology Center as one of the first deliverables promised by Governor Martin O'Malley at the BIO 2009 international meeting.

Previously, Connolly directed business development activities at a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company, and also co-founded a start-up technology development/commercialization firm.

Connolly was the first woman to graduate from The Johns Hopkins University's biomedical engineering doctoral program. She was also among the first class of co-eds at the Stevens Institute of Technology.

Connolly is a member of the GBC Bioscience Committee, where she donates her time and expertise to advocacy efforts for the bioscience community.

The annual President's Award is given to the individual who has made a major contribution to the industry during the preceding year. The contribution may be in terms of volunteer work provided to help the industry grow, a unique program that he or she instituted, workforce development, or a visionary program. This award recognizes individuals who may not head a bioscience company but who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the growth and well-being of the industry.

About the Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) Program  (www.mips.umd.edu)
The Maryland Industrial Partnerships Program, an initiative of the A. James Clark School of Engineering's Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute, or Mtech (www.mtech.umd.edu), brings university innovation to the commercial sector by supporting university-based research projects to help Maryland companies develop technology-based products. Commercial products benefiting from MIPS projects have generated more than $19.5 billion in revenue, added thousands of jobs to the region, and contributed to successes such as Martek Biosciences' nutritional oils, Hughes Communications' HughesNet™, MedImmune's Synagis®, and Black & Decker's Bullet® Speed Tip Masonry Drill Bit.

About the A. James Clark School of Engineering

The University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering is a premier program, ranked among the top 20 in the world. Located just a few miles from Washington, D.C., the Clark School is at the center of a constellation of high-tech companies and federal laboratories, offering students and faculty access to unique professional opportunities.

Our broad spectrum of academic programs, including the world’s only accredited undergraduate fire protection engineering program, is complemented by a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem, early hands-on educational experiences, and participation in national and international competitions.

The Clark School is leading research advancements in aerospace, bioengineering, robotics, nanotechnology, disaster resilience, energy and sustainability, and cybersecurity. From the universal product code to satellite radio, SMS text messaging to the implantable insulin pump, our students, faculty, and alumni are engineering life-changing innovations for millions. Learn more at www.eng.umd.edu.

 

 

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