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February 22, 2008


Celebrities in our midst!  Craigslist's Craig Newmark and former Apple CEO John Sculley, among others, at the upcoming Southeast Venture Conference. Feb 27-28, Tysons Ritz.  


That's what happened earlier this month to the DC Tech Council, promoted just a few years back as downtown's answer to the NVTC. Suddenly it's folding into another organization, the Washington, DC Economic Partnership. Sounds a little corpo-cratic, but DC Tech's longtime prez Penny Pickett tells us it made sense to integrate tech into the broader and more powerful business community. So as to retain some identity, its members will band together in a Technology Advisory Group or "TAG Team" (get it?).  The morph will be formally unveiled at a reception March 19.


We dropped in on Economic Partnership CEO Steve Moore the other day at his 14th and F offices (on the site where Rhodes Tavern used to be). He says they look forward to continuing to "pump life into the tech community," which is taking off "despite the economic problems the rest of the country is facing." He's delighted to be expanding into tech, pointing out that this region employs more techies (330k) than even Silicon Valley. 


We joined MDBio and 50 execs from the biotech industry the other night for their first Boardroom networking event of the year at Fisher BioServices in Rockville. Above, Fisher folks Anthony Yee, Audrey Chang, Eduard Chani, Dennis Fallen, Carlos Florez, Aris Kirimlis, and Ihsan Abdur-Rahman show off their brand new molecular biology lab.  The gang stands in front of the "biological hood," which is where we assume they store the beer.  


Fisher's Fayyaz Memon, Korn/Ferry's Scott Miner, rich retiree Charles Fleishman, and MDBio director Richard Zakour.  When we asked Charles what he's been doing since he sold his molecular diagnostics company, Digene, to QIAGEN last summer, he replied simply: "skiing-lots of it;" Jackson Hole, we learned, is his new home away from home.  Scott tells us his second home is a school gymnasium; he's busy coaching his four elementary-age children's basketball teams.


Orion, Inc. prez Don Nicolson, Fisher's Katie Steele, Kelly Scientific's Sabra Stipe, and Calibrant CEO Michael Salgaller.  Don says that Orion just completed the first phase of the Vietnam Agent Orange remediation (cleaning up leftover Agent Orange at contaminated Air Force bases) in conjunction with BEM Systems.  He also said it recently facilitated the sale of Baltimore-based medical device company, Plowshare Technologies, to German company, KC Borgwaldt.  Sabra has an interesting hobby: caving.  She says she's been exploring wild caves for the past 17 years in the TAG region-Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia. (Did you know that was a nickname for those states?)


Uzma Burki of the American Red Cross joins BIOCON president Larry Cunnick. Larry was celebrating his own birthday and also BIOCON's 29th anniversary. He also said that BIOCON is putting together a nationwide sales force to bring satellite labs to bioparks. We're not sure what a biopark is, but if they've got labs in them we know you'll be able to party.



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