Campus Executive Director Accepts Chamber's Visionary Award
Johns Hopkins Montgomery County has received the 2013 Visionary Award from the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.
Before an audience of hundreds at the Chamber’s Annual Awards Dinner, Campus Executive Elaine Amir thanked the Chamber for the recognition, thanked Montgomery County for having the foresight to establish the campus in 1985 and applauded County Executive Ike Leggett for his encouragement and support.
Amir also said earning the Visionary Award is a testament to the campus motto: “Johns Hopkins Montgomery County: On the Ground. In and of the Community.”
“We expend a lot of energy telling people that Johns Hopkins is not exclusively a great hospital in Baltimore,” Amir said. “Johns Hopkins is also right here, in our Montgomery County community.”
The Chamber’s Visionary Award “recognizes an individual or an organization for its innovation and tremendous contributions to the county and beyond.”
“We are proud to recognize the Johns Hopkins Montgomery County for its outstanding leadership and vision, leading change, and advancing a shared vision of our County’s future,” MCCC President and Chief Executive Gigi Godwin said.
Johns Hopkins’ strong partnership with the Chamber on breakthrough initiatives such as Health Information Technology forums and Global Trade forums demonstrates the campus’s visionary leadership.
Upon learning that Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus was receiving the Visionary Award, several campus corporate partners, who have businesses on site, teamed up to sponsor the award. Sponsors are: Neurotrope BioScience, MEDIPOST America, TissueGene, TruBios and Domaine Healthcare.
Dr. Jim New, chief executive of Neurotrope, and Dr. Roberto Trujillo, chief executive of TruBios, offered remarks on behalf of the award sponsors.
“The university reaches out to attract researchers to Montgomery County from many sectors all over the globe,” New said. “My colleagues come from universities, corporations and government agencies. They represent South Korea, Egypt, Mexico, Serbia, Italy, China and other places—even North Carolina and Maryland.”
Trujillo talked about campus culture.
“Our partnership to present this award is typical of how this campus works – we connect, we collaborate and we succeed,” Trujillo said. “On a daily basis we share information that benefits our research and our businesses and we invite other researchers to come and join the campus. We are a community of students, yes, but we are also a community of entrepreneurs, making connections every day. The culture of collaboration is a hallmark of this campus.”
Amir, upon concluding her remarks at the Chamber event, said: “We envision bringing more of Hopkins to Belward and to MCC as we grow with our neighbors in The Great Seneca Science Corridor, especially when the CCT kicks off, generating significant economic returns to benefit the County. “
Johns Hopkins Montgomery County was presented with the 2013 Visionary Award from the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.