JHU Signs MOU with Montgomery County
JHU President Ron Daniels (left) and County Executive Isiah Leggett (right) sign a
Memorandum of Understanding. Photo courtesy of David Chisham.
Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels came to Montgomery County last week to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the county reflecting the university’s and the county’s objectives of advancing the biosciences industry, higher education and workforce development within the county.
“It is our common goal to advance scientific and healthcare translational research to benefit local and worldwide populations,” President Daniels said. “We are extremely pleased to be entering into this Memorandum of Understanding with Montgomery County to affirm the university’s and the county’s shared science vision for the future.”
The Memorandum established a joint commitment to forging long-lasting collaborative relationships among private industry, higher education institutions and government interests within the biosciences industry.
“This MOU allows us to benefit from Johns Hopkins University’s knowledge, prestige, programs and relationships to ensure robust science and job creation within an innovation community and furthers strategic moves Montgomery County has made over the past 30 years,” said County Executive Isiah Leggett. “Today, we are laying the foundation for a long-lasting partnership that will expand higher education, scientific research and provide good-paying job opportunities all while advancing health and life sciences not just in Montgomery County, but around the world.”
The Memorandum supports a key component of the county’s recently unveiled Biosciences Strategy. It also supports the re-development of the Shady Grove Life Sciences Center, home of the current Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus and the university’s soon-to-be-developed Belward Research Campus, into a scientific hub with a balanced mix of education, research, and private business.
The signing was attended by Vice Provost for Research Scott Zeger, Montgomery County Council President Nancy Floreen, Councilmember Mike Knapp, Montgomery County Department of Economic Development Director Steve Silverman, and other public and private sector representatives.
Elaine Amir, Executive Director, Johns County Council President Nancy Floreen
Hopkins Montgomery County, welcomes addresses the crowd after the MOU
the crowd to the MOU signing. signing.
Photo: David Chisham Photo: David Chisham