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August 14, 2008
 
 
 

MARYLAND TECH SET CHOWS DOWN


Georgetown University's Center for Continuing and Professional Education is holding an info session for fall IT courses tonight, Aug 14, 6:30p at its Arlington Campus. More info. Tell 'em we sent you!

 

We ran out to Gaithersburg last night because our friends at the Tech Council of Maryland put three of our favorite letters together: B-B-Q! We joined 200 techies at Smokey Glen Farms for chicken, ribs, sweet tea…oh, and Maryland crab…at the fourth annual TCM Crab Fest.

 

Is this a tech event or a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert? We admit it’s hard not to love an event in a barn, especially when we overhear some of the state’s biotech CEOs talking about gene splicing and cutting-edge pharmaceuticals. Anyway, the TCM Crab Fest allows for the state’s tech and biotech workers a chance to network in a relaxed end-of-summer setting. And did we mention all you can eat crab?

 

TCM’s Rick Harris, CNSI’s Steve Yates, TCM CEO Julie Coons and CNSI’s Kristin Martell. We guess we ought to tell you what CNSI is. It’s a Rockville-based IT business solutions provider. They just won a $2.1 million contract with the USDA to manage the organization’s wide area and local area networks. CNSI’s also doing an $81 million contract to provide site-specific IT support for the Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration.

 

Now, here are some guys enjoying some crab: Sirnaomics CEO Patrick Lu, Foley & Lardner’s Sandy Sterret and Jefferson Wells’ Jeff Harrison. Patrick’s company is using RNAi technology to fight disease. RNAi is a Nobel Prize winning therapy that silences genes through chromatin remodeling (we take that technical description on faith) that allows for scientists to “silence” genes for study. But hold the presses for the real scoop: Patrick is leaving in a week for Beijing to catch the closing ceremonies of the Olympics.

 

Clarassance’s Aprile Pilon with RegeneRX’s Neil Lyons, CEO J.J. Finkelstein, Chris Allan, Deby Bowes and David Crockford. J.J. tells us his pharmaceutical company has five drugs in clinical trials (three of which are in Phase II), including medications to treat pressure ulcers (like bed soars), eye injuries and cardio protection for recent heart attack victims. We are guessing J.J. felt comfortable in last night’s setting considering he used to be a rodeo cowboy in Texas in the 1970s, riding both bulls and broncs.

 

Capital Electro-Circuits Bhavat Sitapara, Ted Boimov and Mark Glazer with TCM’s Todd Hayes. Bhavat tells us his company makes printed circuit boards for NASA satellites. “Almost everything that goes in space has one of our circuit boards,” he says. Along with government clients, the Gaithersburg-based firm builds circuit boards for defense contractors like General Dynamics and Boeing. Ted’s leaving soon for vactation in Ocean City with his kids.

 

Meridian Biogroup’s Darric Inselman and AMBICA’s Bhavesh Naik. Darric’s company helps biotech companies become FDA certified in everything from building a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant to undergoing clinical trials. Bhavesh’s company helps non-sales people become salesman. “If a doctor is moving a new drug he may have no idea how to sell it, because his background is in making the drug, so that’s where we come in,” says Bhavesh, who is the lead singer in a band that plays songs from Indian movies. Not to be outdone, Darric owns his own woodworking company and makes high-end cutting boards. Does anyone just have a normal life anymore?

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