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The Buzz Continues to Build for BioBuzz Montgomery County Happy Hours

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More than 70 people showed up on Wednesday, April 27, for the third BioBuzz Montgomery County happy hour for the biotechnology / life sciences industry.

Co-sponsored by Tech USA and Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus, BioBuzz happy hours occur the fourth Wednesday of every month at Stella Restaurant in Rockville. The happy hours bill themselves as "networking only" events, and the only program is a quick welcome and a few words by the sponsors.

"I have attended a few of the BioBuzz Montgomery County networking events to expand my job search network," said David Winer. "Being good at biotech development, but not great in the meeting strangers department, I was extremely pleased to find this inviting and low key forum for networking.  The event is great for helping me meet new people locally in my profession and reconnecting with former colleagues."

The BioBuzz happy hour series was first launched in Baltimore by Tech USA, where it was met with much success. Tech USA brought Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus on as a partner when the company decided to duplicate the event in Montgomery County.

"After going through this past recession, we have worked with hundreds of job seekers and new graduates unable to find work, as well as dozens of companies struggling to get by under staffed and with tight recruiting budgets," said Chris Frew, Director, Scientific Solutions Division, Tech USA. "As recruiters, we are situated at the crossroads of our local economies and get to witness the true talent and potential that could exist without these roadblocks. We felt that BioBuzz was an opportunity to help break down some of the barriers to collaboration and innovation by helping people make their own connections and build new relationships. TechUSA is pleased to co-host these events with JHU as a way to energize our existing network for the benefit of the job seekers and bioscience companies we work with every day."

Starting in May, local companies can co-sponsor BioBuzz happy hours. The first company to do so is Kymanox, which is headquartered in North Carolina and just opened an office in Montgomery County.

Check out additional pictures from the April happy hour.

For more information or to be added to an e-vite list, please contact JHU MC Communications Manager Robin Ferrier.

NOTE: BioBuzz happy hours also occur in Baltimore. For more information about Baltimore's BioBuzz happy hours, please contact Chris Frew from TechUSA.

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