SOURCE: Tech Council of Maryland

Tech Council of Maryland

April 08, 2011 12:24 ET

Tech Council of Maryland Celebrates Success of MdBioLab in Providing STEM Education Opportunities to 75,000 Students

Rep. Sarbanes, State Biotech Leaders Visit Students and Teachers in MdBioLab at Digital Harbor High School in Baltimore

BALTIMORE, MD--(Marketwire - Apr 8, 2011) - The Tech Council of Maryland (TCM), in conjunction with its private charitable affiliate MdBio Foundation, Inc., announced today that to date more than 75,000 Maryland students have had the opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the MdBioLab, a custom built 45-foot tractor trailer equipped with 16 state-of-art lab benches that serves as a mobile bioscience education laboratory for Maryland high schools. To mark the milestone, U.S. Rep. John P. Sarbanes, a representative from U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski's office, state biotech leaders, TCM, MdBio Foundation, We Work for Health-Maryland and teachers toured the MdBioLab with students from Digital Harbor High School.

Attending the event in addition to Rep. Sarbanes were Justin H. Hayes, Deputy Projects Director for Sen. Mikulski; Steve Coats, senior director of Research and Development at MedImmune; and Carol Nacy, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Sequella. The distinguished guests discussed the importance of STEM education and talked to students about careers in medical innovations and other scientific fields.

"These children are our future engineers, environmental scientists, problem solvers, and leaders," said Rep. Sarbanes. "This sort of hands-on learning will help put young Marylanders on a successful career path and keep our nation competitive."

"STEM education is vital to the development of a vibrant, skilled workforce in Maryland," said MdBio Foundation Chairman J.J. Finkelstein, who also is president and CEO of RegeneRx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. "Because of limited resources in our schools, students do not have the opportunity to fully explore the cutting-edge technologies in use by leading firms in the state. We are proud of the work being done by the MdBio Foundation and our partners to bring these incredible opportunities to students in every corner of our state."

In the MdBioLab today, students participated in a biodiesel lab, in which they performed two titrations and analyzed their results to learn more about how biodiesel fuel is produced.

"We are honored to have these special guests with us today to see the MdBioLab in action and celebrate the use of this unique resource to educate 75,000 Maryland students," said Renée Winsky, CEO of TCM. "Their support has been paramount to fostering the interest in STEM and the hands-on experiences that will help our youth build a foundation for their future careers."

Today's event at Digital Harbor High School was hosted by the TCM, its affiliate the MdBio Foundation and We Work for Health-Maryland.

The Tech Council of Maryland (TCM) is the largest technology trade group serving the advanced technology and biotechnology communities of Maryland. TCM's mission is to advocate for the interests of the technology community, further the role of technology in the Maryland economy, and nurture an environment where technology companies can collaborate, grow and succeed. For more information, visit

The MdBio Foundation is a private charitable organization that uses its financial resources to support and promote the commercial development of bioscience in Maryland. The Foundation is highly focused on improving bioscience education in our state based on extensive input from its constituents and has developed a comprehensive portfolio of programs. It has also been instrumental in providing companies with financial and business development support as well as workforce development programs. The MdBio Foundation is an affiliate of the Tech Council of Maryland.

The MdBioLab is a custom built 45-foot tractor trailer equipped with 16 state-of-art lab benches that serves as a mobile bioscience education laboratory for Maryland high schools free of charge to increase bioscience knowledge and awareness. This stimulating venue, with innovative student-teacher interaction, has offered students a unique experience that captures their attention and paves the way for future careers in bioscience since its launch in 2003.

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