Forum hopes to promote high-tech business development

October 26, 1990|By Meredith Schlow | Meredith Schlow,Evening Sun Staff

The Baltimore area's first "High Tech Week" will begin Monday with a series of technology-oriented events that the Greater Baltimore Committee has planned to bring business, scientific, academic and entrepreneurial leaders together.

The week-long program is being coordinated by the GBC High Technology Forum, which is working to promote the development of technology-based firms in the region. The forum was organized last year to help the region capitalize on the economic potential of its science and technology base.

Events include:

* GBC High Tech Forum Dinner, 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 29, at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore, featuring Hans Mueller, president and chief executive officer of Nova Pharmaceutical. Mueller and other speakers will review the status of high-technology industries in the area and the work of the forum during its first year of operation. They also will spell out an agenda for the coming year. A slide show promoting the region as a major center for high-tech industry will be presented. For information, call Kendall Shackleford, GBC, 727-2820. Cost: $75.

* Foundation for Manufacturing Excellence Breakfast, 8 to 10 a.m., Oct. 30, at the BWI Marriott. For information, call Bob Noble, Westinghouse, 765-6450. Cost: $25.

* Howard County High-Tech Expo and Forum, 8:30 a.m to 7 p.m., Oct. 30, Turf Valley Country Club. "Linking Technology and Business: From the Cutting Edge to the Bottom Line," the seminar is sponsored by the Howard County Chamber of Commerce. The focus is on new business technologies developed in the county. For information, contact Steve Sass, 880-0022. Cost: $60-$110, based on membership, half/full day.

* Baltimore Venture Fair '90, noon, Oct. 30 and 31, Stouffer Harborplace Hotel. The fair is sponsored by Alex. Brown Inc., Coopers & Lybrand, 30 venture capital firms and the Maryland Department of Economic and Employment Development. It will provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs from the mid-Atlantic region to present their companies to venture capitalists and corporate investors. Nearly 50 presentations are expected. For information, call Jim Zug, Coopers & Lybrand, 783-7600. Cost: $300 per company covers as many individuals as desired.

* Venture Fair Luncheon, 12:30 p.m. Oct. 31, Stouffer Harborplace Hotel. Call the firm of Frank, Bernstein, Conaway & Goldman, 625-3984. Cost: $25.

* MIT Enterprise Forum Venture Capital Forum, 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 1, Stouffer Harborplace Hotel. The forum will focus on the dynamics of venture capital in the Baltimore region. The program will be chaired by John Weiss, the newly appointed managing director of the Maryland Venture Capital Trust. For information, call Weiss, 243-5579. Cost: $25.

* Biotechnology: From Discovery to Commercialization, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 2, Hopkins Bayview Research Campus, Johns Hopkins Asthma and Allergy Center Auditorium. This final event is a day-long seminar on business development topics of interest to biomedical scientists. Speakers include Lanny Herron and Harry Sapienza of the University of Baltimore, Dr. Frank Funderburk of Antech, and Thomas Hudson and Jeffrey Ihnen of Venable, Baetjer and Howard. For information, call Karen Russell, Dome Corp. 955-0818. Cost: $75.

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