Maryland Tech Council, National Life Sciences Leaders Unite for Continued Investment in Biotech at New York Stock Exchange

Industry leaders from across the country to ring NYSE closing bell and kick off Biotech Month

January 3, 2024, New York, NY – The Maryland Tech Council (MTC), the largest technology and life sciences trade association in the state, today joined fellow life science trade organizations from across the country to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and kick off Biotech Month. Kelly Schulz, Chief Executive Officer of MTC, was among the 16 leaders in attendance at the event, which was held jointly by NewYorkBIO and NYSE to celebrate the link between investment and innovation to best serve patients nationwide.

“National Biotechnology Month highlights the vital role Maryland’s life sciences companies play in discovering and developing the treatments and cures the world depends on,” said Schulz. “Joining my colleagues from across the country at the New York Stock Exchange underscores that collaboration will help us protect and grow the U.S. innovation ecosystem, including the 54,000 life sciences jobs we host in Maryland.”

“Nationwide collaboration is crucial to driving innovation, finding cures, and ultimately improving health outcomes and quality of life for patients,” said Jennifer Hawks Bland, CEO of NewYorkBIO. “As the worldwide epicenter for the financial sector, New York is uniquely positioned as a nexus for connecting the biosciences industry with the capital that makes groundbreaking research and development possible. NewYorkBIO is grateful to NYSE for this opportunity to welcome our colleagues from across the country to Wall Street, as we bring new meaning to ‘ringing in the new year’ and kick off Biotech Month.”

The event is one of several ongoing collaborations between NewYorkBIO and NYSE, who work together to connect New York’s robust investor community with innovative life science organizations of all types and sizes.

“We are thrilled to host NewYorkBIO and life sciences leaders from across the U.S. at the NYSE to ring our Closing Bell in honor of Biotechnology Month,” said Michael Harris, Global Head of Capital Markets at the New York Stock Exchange. “As we continue to see growth in the life sciences industry, the NYSE looks forward to welcoming many more biotech companies to our community of icons and disruptors.”

MTC’s Schulz joined the below leaders from life science organizations across the country:

  • Nick Shipley, Chief Advocacy Officer at BIO
  • Michele Oshman, Vice President for External Affairs at BIO
  • Chris Molineaux, President & CEO of Life Sciences Pennsylvania
  • Debbie Hart, President & CEO of BioNJ
  • Elyse Blazevich, President & CEO of Colorado BioScience Association
  • Eddie Pauline, President & CEO of Ohio Life Sciences
  • Jodie Gillon, President & CEO of BioCT
  • John Conrad, President & CEO of Illinois Biotechnology Innovation Organization
  • Joni Ekstrum, Executive Director of South Dakota Biotech
  • Kendalle Burlin O’Connell, President & CEO of MassBio
  • Laura Gunter, President of North Carolina Life Sciences Organization
  • Maria Thacker, President & CEO of Georgia Bio
  • Michael Fleming, President of Delaware BioScience Association
  • Mike Guerra, President & CEO of California Life Sciences

First introduced by President Clinton in 2000, National Biotechnology Month is an opportunity for the nation’s biotech community to come together to recognize the industry’s achievements on behalf of patients around the world. Falling in January, the recognition month is also an opportunity for industry leaders to look ahead to the advancements of the upcoming year.

To capture the closing bell on January 3, refer to NYSE’s website:

About NewYorkBIO

As the leading advocate for the life science community in New York State, NewYorkBIO brings together hundreds of New York’s bioscience companies, universities, research institutions, and others dedicated to advancing life science research and commercializing treatments and cures for patients.  NewYorkBIO connects key voices and companies of all sizes with resources to initiate and support transformative change to impact patient outcomes.

About the Maryland Tech Council

The Maryland Tech Council (MTC) is a collaborative community that is actively engaged in building strong technology and life science industries by supporting the efforts of our individual members. We are the largest technology and life sciences trade association in the state of Maryland, and we provide value by giving members a forum to learn, share, and connect. With 700+ member organizations, MTC brings the region’s community together into a single, united organization that empowers our members to achieve their business goals through advocacy, networking, and education. The vision for the Maryland Tech Council is to propel Maryland to become the number one innovation economy for life sciences and technology in the country. Follow us at, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.


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