FREDERICK, Md., March 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- MdBio, a division of the Tech Council of Maryland, today announced that C. Robert Eaton President of MdBio and MdBio Foundation has resigned to pursue opportunities in the private sector. Eaton will leave his position on March 31, 2007, but will continue on in an as needed basis as a consultant to ensure a smooth transition.
"Bob Eaton has led MdBio for 10 years and has been instrumental in the organization's growth," said Edward M. Rudnic, Chair of the MdBio Board.
"Leading MdBio has been rewarding and challenging," said Mr. Eaton. "I am proud of the programs MdBio has developed over the last 10 years that support the growth of bioscience companies in Maryland. I am hopeful that Maryland's bioscience executives will continue to take a strong leadership role in building an association that befits one of the world's strongest and most dynamic centers of excellence for bioscience."
"The respect that MdBio enjoys not only in the state but also nationally is due in large part to Bob's tremendous commitment and hard work over the years," said Jim Leslie, Chair of the MdBio Foundation board of directors. "Through Bob's creativity and leadership, MdBio has been a significant contributor to the growth of Maryland's bioscience industry and also planted the seeds for future generations of industry employees through the organization's early education efforts like MdBioLab. Bob's work ethic and respect from both government and industry leaders is evidenced by his appointment to the Board of Visitors at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute and the Board of Advisors at the Sloan Biotechnology Industry Center," added Leslie.
"Bob's efforts were instrumental in supporting the growth of our company and so many others across the State," said Dr. Lawrence Tamarkin, President and CEO of CytImmune Sciences, Inc. "His leadership will be missed."
"None of our success could have been accomplished without the support of a strong, capable, and dedicated staff that enjoys what they are doing," concluded Eaton. "They have become an integral part of the local bioscience community and I am honored to have worked with all of them."
MdBio and MdBio Foundation will conduct a national search for the next President. Until a replacement is named, Julie Coons, CEO of the Tech Council, will serve as interim President of MdBio and MdBio Foundation.
About MdBio Foundation:
MdBio Foundation is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the growth of bioscience in Maryland through a variety of programs, with a special emphasis in the areas of education, business development and communications.
MdBio's flagship education program is MdBioLab, a mobile bioscience laboratory that travels to high schools throughout the state, giving students and teachers an opportunity to experience what it is like to work in a modern industry laboratory. A variety of other education programs are designed to help train the current and future bioscience workforce, and to increase bioscience literacy among the general public.
MdBio, a division of the Tech Council of Maryland, seeks to unify, empower and advance Maryland's bioscience industry, providing comprehensive support services to its members and the broader community. Areas of emphasis include corporate and business development, networking and community building, education and workforce development, and communications. The organization works to catalyze growth, development, and global recognition of bioscience in Maryland.
MdBio strives to be the most comprehensive and up-to-date source of information about bioscience in Maryland, in addition to keeping the bioscience community informed about recent news and upcoming events. Our web portal (http://www.mdbio.org) features a list of all the bioscience companies in Maryland, a dedicated listing of available career opportunities (MdBioJobs), a calendar of events and links to a variety of other information sources.