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Maryland Tech Council Announces Winners of 31st Annual Industry Awards

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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

“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, vision 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

Winners of the 2019 Industry Awards Celebration are:

VMS Mentor Volunteer of the Year

VMS Mentee Company of the Year


STEM Scholarship Award
Bunkley, DuVal High School – Aerospace Engineering and Aviation
Technology Academy

Blain Fasil, Eleanor Roosevelt
High School

Caitlin Madden, Mount Hebron High School
Niyas, Wheaton High School

STEM Educator of the Year
Floyd, Elementary Technology Teacher, Bellows Spring Elementary

Werbeck, Science Teacher, North Bethesda Middle School

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

Immunology Partners

Emerging Company of the Year
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

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
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
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
Affeldt, President and Chief Executive Officer, GRSi

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