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Western Maryland to be Featured at BIO International Convention
Date:5/4/2010

Biotech firms find that Hagerstown and Washington County, Maryland offer convenient access to the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan areas—without the high costs.

Hagerstown, MD (PRWEB) May 3, 2010 -- It may seem unusual for a region to participate in the nation’s leading biotech convention, but the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission will be representing what has become a fast-growing hotspot for biotech companies. The Western Maryland EDC will attend this year’s BIO International Convention on May 3-6 in Chicago.

Over 365 biotech companies operate in Maryland, making it one of the top locations in the nation for biotechnology. Many of these companies have focused on suburban areas just outside Washington, DC and Baltimore. But now, many are looking farther west to Washington County and Hagerstown, which offer an excellent quality of life, a highly-educated workforce, some of the best secondary schools in the nation, and superb transportation access—all without the higher cost of business in the larger urban areas.

As suburban Washington and Baltimore have become more crowded and expensive, some biotech firms have started opening second locations in Western Maryland—which is still barely more than an hour from the big cities. MedImmune, headquartered in Montgomery County, opened a biomanufacturing plant in Frederick, Maryland and joined a growing community of biotech firms anchored by the U.S. Army’s Fort Detrick, which surrounds a 68-acre enclave owned by the National Cancer
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