Maryland Tech Council Announces Winners of 31st Annual Industry Awards

GAITHERSBURG, Md. – The Maryland Tech Council (MTC), Maryland’s largest technology trade association, announced the winners of its 31st Annual Industry Awards during a celebration and ceremony at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center attended by more than 630 business leaders from around the state.

The ceremony kicked off with a preview video on BIO 2019 and the Biotech Leaders that are heading to Philadelphia in June.  For more information, please click here.

“Last night, we honored winners who represent bold and innovative companies in the life sciences and technology communities.  We honored teachers who inspire and influence the next generation of talent and four students were awarded scholarships to help further their education in the field of STEM. Volunteers, mentors and entrepreneurs were recognized for their support, vison and the tough challenges they face every day to stay the course or change directions” said Marty Rosendale, Chief Executive Officer, Maryland Tech Council.  “This was a night to remember, and the finalists and winners should be proud of their accomplishments.”

Winners of the 2019 Industry Awards Celebration are:

VMS Mentor Volunteer of the Year

Tom Thomson

VMS Mentee Company of the Year

Gemstone Biotherapeutics


STEM Scholarship Award

Justyn Bunkley, DuVal High School – Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology Academy

Blain Fasil, Eleanor Roosevelt High School

Caitlin Madden, Mount Hebron High School

Mohammed Niyas, Wheaton High School

STEM Educator of the Year

Dave Floyd, Elementary Technology Teacher, Bellows Spring Elementary

Daniel Werbeck, Science Teacher, North Bethesda Middle School

Leadership Award

Brad Stewart, Chairman of Maryland Life Sciences, Vice Chairman of MTC and Chief Executive Officer,

Immunology Partners

Emerging Company of the Year


As a means to fulfill factual entertainment, CuriosityStream lets you Journey through Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places, take Reef Expeditions, and learn about the People of Pompeii all on your favorite devices. This nonfiction subscription video-on-demand service launched in 2015 and has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Mashable and is the recipient of News & Documentary Emmys as well as Webby, BAFTA, and Science Media Awards.

Government Contracting Company of the Year

Altamira Technologies

Providing mission-critical engineering and analysis services and solutions to the National Security Community is in Altamira’s DNA. In 2018 alone, the company opened an aperture to new missions and won five franchise prime contracts serving customer sets in expanding areas across GEOINT, C4ISR, and cyber. Altamira has sustained 20% year-over-year growth while earning spots on the Washington Post and The Business Journal Best Places to Work in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Technology Company of the Year


Maintaining a maniacal focus on making healthcare better for patients and families during the most important moments in their lives is what drives GetWellNetwork’s mission. Nearly two decades after introducing its interactive patient engagement system, the company now gives more than 10 million people a voice in their care by way of some of the most prominent and progressive providers in the world.


Life Science Company of the Year


Senseonics maintains a vision beyond medicine and healthcare and is the perfect example of how a startup can be persistent, patient, and have great success within the region. Two thousand eighteen marked major milestones for the company with the FDA approval and U.S. launch of its product, Eversense which is the first and only continuous glucose monitoring system with an implantable sensor that lasts up to 90 days.

Chief Executive Officer of the Year

David Affeldt, President and Chief Executive Officer, GRSi

CEO, David Affeldt has successfully transitioned GRSi from a small, commercial staffing business to a leading, mid-tier government contracting technology company. As self-described technologists at heart, the company’s story under David’s leadership is best told through numbers: In 2018, GRSi experienced revenue growth of 41%, had a 93% win rate overall with 27 new awards totaling $270 million, added 26,000 square feet of leased space in Maryland, and maintains a veteran base goal of about 35% of their 493 full-time employees.

Event sponsors included:

Award Sponsors – AstraZeneca, Baird, BDO, Learning Undefeated, Pillsbury, UBS Private Wealth Management and VWR/Avantor

Gold Sponsors – Aronson, Biomarker Strategies, Dovel Technologies, Iron Bow Technologies, Johns Hopkins University, Marsh & McLennan Agency, Mindgrub Technologies, Montgomery College, Novavax, Paragon BioServices, Social & Scientific Systems, Universities at Shady Grove and Vision Technologies

Silver Sponsors – Cordia Partners & Resources, GRSi, University of Maryland, Baltimore and We Work for Health

Community Sponsor:  Biotechnology Innovation Organization

Finalist Reception Sponsors:  BDO and UBS Private Wealth Management

Launch Party Sponsors:  CNSI and Colliers International

STEM Scholarship Sponsor:  Alexandria Real Estate Equities

VIP Reception Sponsor:  Scheer Partners



The Maryland Tech Council (MTC) is the largest technology trade group serving the advanced technology and biotechnology communities of Maryland. MTC’s mission is to advocate for the interests of the technology community, further the role of technology in the Maryland economy, and nurture an environment where technology companies can collaborate, grow and succeed. For more information, visit


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Michelle Ferrone
Executive Vice President, Operations

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