Governor names 9 to technology commission

Panel seeks to improve climate for attracting businesses to state

April 19, 2005|By Tricia Bishop | Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced yesterday the appointment of nine new members to a state technology commission he created in 2003, bolstering by six the group's size and filling three vacant positions.

Dubbed the "Pappas Commission" - after its chairman George F. Pappas, a patent attorney at Baltimore law firm Venable LLP - the organization has been given the task of assessing and improving Maryland's technology business climate.

In its first report last year, the group took a broad look at the sector and made recommendations such as increasing pension fund investments in private equities and hiring a chief technology officer - goals toward which the state is making slow progress.

This time around, the group will focus on sectors within the technology industry, such as biotechnology, said Chris Foster, deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development.

The 28-member commission will hold its first formal meeting next month, and Foster expects to have another report ready by the end of the year.

The new members include Gina Dubbe, managing partner of Walker Ventures LLC in Glenwood; Phyllis Johnson, area director of the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center; Gregory Milman, a division director at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Bethesda, and John R. Nyland, general manager of IBM Global Services' Public Sector and chairman of the Technology Council of Maryland.

Also Malcolm R. O'Neill, vice president and chief technical officer of Lockheed Martin Corp. in Bethesda; Edward M. Rudnic, chief executive officer and president of Advancis Pharmaceutical Inc. in Germantown and chairman of Maryland's life sciences industry coalition "BioAlliance", and Hratch G. Semerjian, acting director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg.

Also Edward J. Weiler, director of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, and Mark Wesker, chief executive officer and president of Artifact Software Inc. in Baltimore and chairman of the Greater Baltimore Technology Council.

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