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BioRegion Newsmakers, 2008.12.22

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Maryland DBED Secretary David Edgerley Resigns, With Private/Education Post in Mind
 
David Edgerley, secretary of Maryland’s Department of Business and Economic Development, has resigned from the position “to pursue other opportunities in my life,” according to a memorandum sent to DBED staffers and reported by the Baltimore Sun blog Maryland Politics.
 
“I have always harbored an interest to eventually pursue a career in the private/education sectors. I have decided that now is the right time to begin that new chapter,” Edgerley wrote.
 
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Edgerley’s resignation, which is the first by any cabinet secretary since the governor, a Democrat, took office in 2007. Edgerley succeeded Aris Melissaratos, who held the post under O’Malley’s Republican predecessor, Robert Ehrlich, and is now senior advisor to John Hopkins University President William Brody for enterprise development.
 
Before joining O’Malley’s administration, Edgerley was director of the Department of Economic Development in Maryland’s life-sci and tech mecca of Montgomery County, a position he began in 1995. Earlier, he spent 12 years in a similar position in Maryland’s Allegany County, and seven years before that as a staffer in Allegany County’s Office of Development Assistance.
 
Edgerley received a BSci in political science and social science from Frostburg State College in 1974; a graduate certificate in management from Shenandoah College in 1975; and an MBA from Mount St. Mary's College in 1976.
 

 
BioMed Realty Trust Promotes CFO Kent Griffin to President and Chief Operating Officer
 
Kent Griffin, chief financial officer of BioMed Realty Trust, a publicly traded real estate investment trust headquartered in San Diego, has been promoted to president and chief operating officer. Griffin will oversee the day-to-day operational activities and execution of BioMed’s business plan while continuing to serve as the company's chief financial officer.
 
Griffin has been CFO since March 2006, and helped BioMed go public in August 2004.
 
“Kent has been a critical member of our leadership team, developing and executing key financial strategies, while also taking an increasingly integral role in managing the growth of our organization and overseeing our operations,” BioMed CEO Alan Gold said in a written statement.
 
Griffin previously was part of the real estate investment banking group at Raymond James & Associates, where he served as a senior vice president, advising real estate clients on public and private equity and debt issuance, mergers and acquisitions, and other services.
 
Before joining Raymond James in 2003, Griffin spent four years with JP Morgan in its global real estate investment banking group in both New York and San Francisco. Griffin was part of the real estate service group for Arthur Andersen LLP from 1992 to 1997, where he was responsible for a range of audit and advisory services as a certified public accountant.
 

 
Rhode Island EDC Officials Join Business Innovation Factory
 
Saul Kaplan and Melissa Withers have taken top positions at the nonprofit business development group Business Innovation Factory in Providence, RI, after resigning their posts at the quasi-public Rhode Island Economic Development Corp.
 
Kaplan, the EDC’s executive director for the past five and a half years and a co-founder of BIF, will become the group’s chairman of the board and chief catalyst; Withers, EDC’s director of communications and market development, had been program manager for the Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council as well as BIF’s director of communications, and will become BIF’s executive director.
 
J. Michael Saul, EDC’s deputy director, serves as the agency’s interim executive director pending appointment of a permanent successor to Cohen. Withers’ duties will be performed by Meghan O’Connor, the EDC’s communications coordinator, and an outside public relations professional, Andy Cutler of Cutler & Co.
 
At EDC, Cohen was also chairman of the board of directors for the Quonset Development Corp., and for the Slater Technology Fund. He had overseen the agency’s Small Business Loan Fund Corporation, an $11 million revolving fund that lends to small companies, with the goal of stoking more public- and private-sector financing. He had also served as executive counselor to Gov. Donald Carcieri on economic growth and community development.
 
Before joining EDC, Cohen was a senior strategy partner in Accenture's health and life science practice, and worked broadly throughout the pharmaceutical, medical products, and biotechnology industry. Earlier, Kaplan spent eight years working for the pharmaceutical division of Eli Lilly and Co.; as a marketing plans manager, Kaplan was responsible for developing the launch strategy and successful introduction of Prozac into the US market.
 
Kaplan holds an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute focusing on the strategic management of technology, and a BSci degree in pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island.
 
Withers had served as assistant director of communications and public affairs for Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, before returning to Rhode Island in 2004,
 
She previously had focused on communications and outreach strategies for scientists seeking to expand or commercialize their research, working on grant applications, publications and outreach for clients that included Harvard University, Washington University School of Medicine, and several biotechnology companies. She also had coordinated programming for the Association of Independent Research Institutions.
 
During her career, Withers has won the 2004 National Gold Medal in News Writing from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the 2002 Helen Loeb Award from the Society for Technical Communication, and the 2001 Excellence Award from the Society of Documentation Professionals.
 

 
Economic Development Coalition of SW Indiana Taps Consultant as VP
 
Steve Koenig, a biotech and life sciences consultant who once served as president and CEO of NutriScience Technologies, has joined the staff of the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana as vice president for business development. He will focus on working with existing businesses, as well as help craft a new bio and life sciences strategy for the coalition, which is an umbrella economic development organization for the Southwest Indiana counties of Gibson, Posey, Vanderburgh, and Warrick.
 
Koenig has spent the past two years working as a consultant, focusing on discovery, development, and commercialization of new technologies. He is a board member and past chairman of the American Feed Industry Association.
 
Koenig holds BSci and MSci degrees from the University of Illinois, and a PhD from the University of Kentucky.
 

 
Committee of One Hundred Names Norden Executive Managing Director
 
Keith Norden, senior vice president for special marketing initiatives and research with the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance in Norfolk, Va., has been named executive managing director of the Committee of One Hundred, the economic development agency for Tampa, Fla., and Hillsborough County, effective Jan. 5.
 
Norden was one of 120 professionals to pursue the position during a national search for candidates conducted by KMK Consulting, the Tampa Bay Business Journal reported.
 
The committee is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.
 
Norden joined the Hampton Roads alliance in January 1997. He has been responsible for coordinating the international business development efforts of the alliance and also took an active role in domestic business recruitment.
 
Before joining the alliance, Norden served as national project manager with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership in Richmond, Va. Among his recruitment successes there were a $102 million RR Donnelly & Sons printing facility in Roanoke County; , a Boise Cascade Office Products facility in Bristol, Va.; and Ralston Purina/Golden Cat Division's manufacturing plant in King William County, Va.
 
Previously, Mr. Norden was marketing manager with the Virginia Peninsula Economic Development Council, where he helped to recruit such companies as United Parcel Service/APAC and MCI Worldcom — both of which located in Newport News, Va. — and Gateway Computers, which opened a facility in Hampton, Va.
 
In 1993, Norden graduated from the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma, and three years later earned the professional designation of Certified Economic Developer. He received a BSci degree in business management and marketing from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, and also took graduate coursework in business at New York University.
 

 
Law Firm Cadwalader Promotes Christopher Mirick to Partnership
 
James Bailey, an intellectual property lawyer whose clients have included medical device makers, and Christopher Mirick, a lawyer whose practice has focused on financial restructuring for biotech and other businesses, have been promoted to partner by the law firm Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, effective Jan. 1. Bailey and Mirick are based at the firm’s New York offices.
 
Bailey received his BSci with high distinction, and MSci degrees from the University of Virginia. He received his JD magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was honored with the Saul L. Nadler Memorial Award.
 
Mirick received a BA summa cum laude from Amherst College, and a JD magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

 

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