The Future of Montgomery County: “Science City” [EVENT]

On May 4th, Montgomery County approved a $10B plan to spur the creation of up to 17.5M SF for a new life sciences city, 9,000 new residential units, 52,500 new jobs, and a transit-way that will link the Metro, “Science City” and Clarksburg. In addition to adding to the development potential of Shady Grove, it is designed to lead the County’s economic resurgence with a focus on innovation opportunities for the knowledge economy.

Will this spur the County to be able to compete with likes of Silicon Valley and Research Triangle by drawing new bioscience companies and federal agencies? What’s in it for the biotech community?


7:00 AM – 8:00 AM       Breakfast & Schmooze
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM       Program
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM      Post-Game Schmooze

When: Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Where: Woodmont Country Club
1201 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852  map



Mike Knapp, County Council Member, Montgomery County, District 2

Mike is finishing up his second term and, rather than run for office next term, he will be working with the region’s leading biotech firms, academic and research institutions and financial sector to increase life science activities in the community. Previously in the private sector, he worked for Dr. J. Craig Venter as VP for External Affairs at the Institute for Genomic Research. He then became a founding employee of Celera Genomics, one of the fastest-growing biotech companies in history. He has been retained as a business development consultant at Celera.

Bill Robertson, President and CEO, Adventist HealthCare

One of the largest private employers in Montgomery County, Adventist employs 7,800 people and cares for 450,000 patients each year among its operation of Washington Adventist Hospital, Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Adventist Behavioral Health, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, Adventist Senior Living Services with six nursing centers, and a number of other health care services. Previously, Bill served as CEO of Shawnee Mission Medical Center, one of the largest and most preferred hospitals in the Kansas City area.

Jennifer Russel, Principal, Director of Planning, Rodgers Consulting

Jennifer leads the team of design professionals in the Planning Studio arm of Rodgers Consulting Inc., a land planning and civil engineering consulting firm. The team is well known for its expertise in acquiring entitlements for New Urbanist, infill development, and mixed-use development projects in Montgomery and Frederick Counties. Previously, she served as Planning Director for the City of Gaithersburg, where she was instrumental in the implementation of Kentlands, an award-winning New Urbanist community.

Greg Trimmer, Sr. Vice President, The JBG Companies

Greg is currently focusing on several large-scale redevelopment projects in the Twinbrook and White Flint areas of MoCo, and on GSA build-to-suit commercial office buildings. He is Project Executive for the on-going development of a 575k SF build-to-suit for The National Cancer Institute at Johns Hopkins’ Shady Grove Campus. He is also currently overseeing a 93k SF build-out for the FDA and JBG’s efforts to retain Health and Human Services at The Parklawn Building.

Jack Jaeger, Vice President, DANAC Corporation

Responsible for acquisitions and development, Jack led DANAC’s team in completing the Rockville Town Square project, totaling 644 residential units, 180k SF of retail space, and 2k parking spaces. Previously, as an associate in Charles E. Smith’s residential acquisition group, he underwrote and closed $600m of apartments in Chicago, Miami, Boston, and DC.

Bruce Robertson, Managing Director, H.I.G. BioVentures

Bruce has been active in the Maryland life sciences sector for 20 years. HIG BioVentures is the life science-focused venture capital affiliate of HIG Capital, an $8.5B private and public equities firm. It focuses on investment opportunities in biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, and specialty pharmaceuticals and has 17 life science companies in its portfolio.

David McDonough, Sr. Director Development Oversight, Johns Hopkins Real Estate

David has worked with Montgomery County on the 27M SF Great Seneca Science Corridor Master Plan. From 1990 through 2000, he held senior management positions at HUD, FDIC, and RTC, where he originated and managed $6B in real estate debt and equity financings in the public and private capital markets.

Dr. Stewart Edelstein, Executive Director, Universities at Shady Grove

Stewart is also the Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs in the University System of Maryland. He also serves on the board of directors of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and serves as a member of the Montgomery County Bioscience Task Force, the Montgomery County Smart Growth Initiative, the Montgomery County Economic Advisory Council and the Montgomery County Life Sciences Advisory Committee.


William “Bill” Kominers, Partner, Holland & Knight

Bill practices in the areas of land use, land development, zoning, real estate, administrative, and municipal law. Representative projects include two large-scale mixed-use developments in the I-270 corridor, approved for 7M SF and 1,500 residential units. He has also represented institutional and biotech companies in the site acquisition and regulatory processes.

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