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Date: May 12, 2004 (04-51)

Montgomery College and University of Maryland
Co-Host Annual BioEntrepreneur Forum
Half-day Seminar Features Leading Experts in Biotechnology May 26 

            The Macklin Center for Entrepreneurship at Montgomery College and the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business will co-host the fourth annual BioEntrepreneur Forum on Wednesday, May 26, 7:30 a.m. 2 p.m., at the Marriott Washingtonian Center, 9751 Washingtonian Boulevard, Gaithersburg, Maryland.  

            The half-day seminar, designed for entrepreneurs in the biotechnology field, will feature two keynote speeches and two moderated panel discussions from biotechnology business leaders and venture capitalists.  The forum will begin with welcome remarks by Gordon Macklin, chairman of the Macklin Business Institute at Montgomery College and Donald Spero, director of the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship.  Steven Burrill, CEO of Burrill & Company, will deliver the opening keynote address and Wayne Hockmeyer, founder and chairman of MedImmune, Inc. and president of MedImmune Ventures, will be the lunch keynote speaker.  

The forum’s panel discussions will examine prospering through protection and partnerships and the fundamentals of funding and financing.  Panelists participating in the first discussion will be Bryan Brewer, an associate at Nixon Peabody; Eric Richman, vice president for business development and strategic planning at PharmAthene; and a representative from the National Institutes of Health.  TEDCO Director Phil Singerman will moderate the session. 

The panel discussion about funding and financing will be moderated by Steve Dubin, president of Martek Biosciences.  Panelists will include Ken Carter, CEO of Avalon Pharmaceuticals; Rachel King, CEO of GlycoMimetics; Linda Powers, managing director of Toucan Capital; and a National Institute of Standards and Technologies representative. 

            To participate in the forum, registration costs $35 for students; $50 for NIH post-doctorates; $80 for biotechnology company employees; and $135 for service providers and others.  Reduced rates are available for luncheon attendance only.  To register online, go to and click on the link to the May 26th event.

            For more information about the BioEntrepreneur Forum, log on to  or contact Andrea Edelstein Feigenbaum at 240-567-7205 or .

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park, plus workforce development and continuing education centers in Gaithersburg, Wheaton and  Silver Spring. The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and non-credit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.