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Robert Eaton, Julie Coons

MdBio said last week that Robert Eaton, president of MdBio and MdBio Foundation, has resigned to pursue opportunities in the private sector. Easton will leave his position March 31, but will continue on an as-needed basis as a consultant, MdBio said.
A division of the Tech Council of Maryland, MdBio provides business development, education and workforce development, and communications to the biosciences industry in Maryland.
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, MdBio said.

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