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Tomorrow: Montgomery County, University System of Maryland, and Montgomery College Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Expand County’s Leadership Role in Life and Regulatory Sciences Education and Innovation

For Immediate Release: Thursday, June 10, 2021

Friday, June 11, at 10:30 a.m.

Universities at Shady Grove,
Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Building
9631 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville
(Parking in Lot 2, directly in front of BSE building)

Montgomery County, the University System of Maryland and Montgomery College will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to create the Montgomery/Maryland Life Sciences Education and Innovation Partnership to facilitate collaboration among industry and the academic partners on cutting-edge research, and allow students from across Maryland opportunities to gain work experience and conduct translational research with Montgomery County’s industry leaders. It is envisioned that the Montgomery/Maryland Life Sciences Education and Innovation Partnership will guide the future of post-pandemic education leveraging existing assets to create an economic development powerhouse for Maryland in life and regulatory sciences.

Montgomery County, the University System of Maryland and Montgomery College consistently have been leaders in the evolution of the life and regulatory sciences sectors regionally, nationally, and internationally. The global COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced this role and the County’s emergence as the Immunology Center of the World has increased our collective responsibility to meet the needs of our nation. Furthermore, education will have dramatic new opportunities and challenges to address due to the pandemic. Therefore, Montgomery County, the University System of Maryland, and Montgomery College, the “Montgomery/Maryland Life Sciences Education and Innovation Partners” are meeting to commit to an MOU to work collaboratively to meet these needs and opportunities, and to proactively work together to drive inclusive, innovation-led economic growth.

Who:

  • Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich
  • County Council President Tom Hucker 
  • County Councilmember Craig Rice – chair, Montgomery County Council Education and Culture Committee
  • Former Montgomery County Executive Isiah (Ike) Leggett – member, Board of Regents, University System of Maryland and member, Board of Advisors, Universities at Shady Grove
  • Dr. Jay A. Perman – Chancellor, University System of Maryland
  • Darryll J. Pines – president, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Bruce E. Jarrell – president, University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • Karl Steiner – vice president of Research, UMBC
  • Sanjay Rai – senior vice president for Academic Affairs, Montgomery College
  • Aminta H. Breaux – president, Bowie State
  • Anne Khademian  executive director, Universities at Shady Grove
  • Other academic, government, and industry leaders

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Release ID: 21-036
Media Contact: Scott Peterson 202-277-9412