Hopkins Biotech Network Holds International Biotech
Aris Melissaratos, senior adviser
to the president at Johns Hopkins, greets Jose M.
Fernandez, president and CEO of Zeltia, one of the largest
public biopharmas in Spain; and Montserrat Capdevila,
president of the Hopkins Biotech Network. Zeltia focuses
its pipeline on therapeutic products targeted to cancer
and degenerative central nervous system disorders.
On May 14, more than 100 people attended BioEspana,
the first day of the Hopkins Biotech
Network's International Biotech Conference. Held at the
County Campus, BioEspana focused on increasing
awareness of what Spanish biotechnology companies have to
offer, opening the door for alliances and partnerships
between companies in Maryland and Spain.
Speakers included Aris Melissaratos, senior adviser to
the president at Johns Hopkins; Sean
Darragh, executive vice president, international, of
Biotechnology Industry Organization; and
Montserrat Vendrell, CEO of BioCat.
Officials in attendance included Montgomery County
executive Isiah "Ike" Leggett; state
Delegate Brian J. Feldman; and Steve Silverman, director of
the Montgomery County Department of
For the conference's second day, participants traveled
to the Center of Marine Biotechnology in
Baltimore to focus on "Blue Biotech: An Ocean of
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