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Three Firms, Two Training Programs Garner Greater Baltimore Committee's 2009 Bioscience Awards
Date:3/12/2009

BALTIMORE, March 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Maryland biotech CEOs and companies were honored today by the Greater Baltimore Committee as winners of the region's fourth bioscience award competition.

Winners of the 2009 Bioscience Awards are:

  • Best New Product or Progress: C. Randal Mills, Ph.D., president and CEO, Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. Mills' Columbia-based company has spent more than $300 million developing stem cell therapies. The funding has allowed Osiris to complete clinical trials necessary to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of two next-generation stem cell treatments for serious conditions such as graft versus host disease, Crohn's disease, arthritis, diabetes, pulmonary disease and heart attacks.
  • Leadership in Bioscience Award: Karen Olsen, CEO, BioMarker Strategies, LLC. Olsen's tissue-based cancer diagnostics company is based at the Science + Technology Park at Johns Hopkins. BioMarker Strategies is developing live cell biomarker tests for solid-tumor based cancers.
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit Award: Suzanne Sysko Clough, M.D., founder and chief medical officer, WellDoc Communications, Inc. Clough's Baltimore-based health care company develops technology-based solutions to improve diabetes outcomes and reduce health care costs. Since founded, WellDoc successfully raised more than $6 million in angel funding and is moving forward with a 300 patient trial sponsored by leaders in telecommunications, medical device, and health insurance provider industries.
  • President's Award:
    1. Ellen Hemmerly, executive director, bwtech@UMBC Research & Technology Park, co-principal investigator for NSF Grant, coordinator of incubation operations for ACTiVATE and ACTiVATE Leadership Team. ACTiVATE(R) is a year-long program to train women with significant technical or bus
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