Brad Stewart is a serial biotech entrepreneur now responsible for growing Montgomery
County’s economy, which approaches $100 billion per year and is the leading economic driver
of Maryland. Brad leads an expert team of economic development specialists focused on
growing a diverse cross-section of businesses here – including the life sciences, technology,
cybersecurity, defense and hospitality. We help accelerate business growth for companies,
foster entrepreneurship, and leverage our incredible resources, including 18 federal agencies
(e.g., NIH, NCI, NIST, DOE) and 38 federal labs which are headquartered in Montgomery County.
Brad also chairs Maryland Life Sciences (MD Bio) and is Vice-Chair of the Maryland Tech
A fearless leader who’s invested his career In building and turning around life sciences
companies to maximize shareholder value, Brad thrives on complex strategic opportunities. He
has successfully executed against challenges repeatedly while commercializing companies on a
global scale. An experienced senior executive, he has a record of success in many specialty-
areas of the life sciences industry including: immunology, oncology, transplant, orphan drugs,
diagnostics, development and management of joint ventures, and extensive management
consulting and corporate strategy assignments.
Previously Brad served as Chief Executive Officer of Immunology Partners and Chief Executive
Officer of Cylex, Inc., where he executed a turnaround for an early stage, venture capital backed
company (Roche, Siemens, Canaan Partners). Despite substantial hurdles, Brad built one of the
first global companion diagnostics businesses, which was commercialized in 18 countries with
over 750,000 assays run. The Cylex sale was so successful it was selected as a finalist for two
M&A Deal of the Year awards.
Previous accomplishments include the establishment and leadership of a successful U.S.
business for a European pharmaceutical company; growth and diversification of an orphan drug
company; strategic restructuring of the North American business unit of a global
pharmaceutical company; development and management of joint ventures, including a multi-
million dollar global pharmaceutical venture; creating an operational improvement business
within a major global diagnostics company; and extensive management consulting and
corporate strategy assignments.
Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation
SVP of Business Development