Grand Prize Winner of the Innovation for Impact Prize


– May 18, 2018 (Fairfax, VA)

SoBran BioScience, a division of SoBran Inc, and a leading provider of pre-clinical GLP contract research announced the grand prize winner of the Innovation for Impact Prize sponsored in partnership with the Maryland Tech Council (MTC). This Grand Prize was awarded last night at the MTC 30th Anniversary Industry Awards Celebration.

The Innovation for Impact Prize was established to celebrate the transformational science coming out of Maryland and the surrounding area. Researchers at universities and emerging companies in this area were invited to answer, “How will your research heal, fuel or feed the world in the future?”

Grand Prize
Innovation for Impact Grand Prize Winner receiving a research study worth up to $20,000 and a cash prize of $1,000:

Dr. Emily English
Chief Operating Officer – Gemstone Biotherapeutics, LLC

Innovation for Impact finalists each winning a $1,000 cash prize are:

Joshua Y.C. Yang
Chief Executive Officer – Helispot, Inc.

Matthew Boxer, Ph.D.
Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer – Veralox Therapeutics

Judges from SoBran BioScience chose the winner and finalists based on the level of innovation and the potential impact the research could have on healing, fueling or feeding the world.

“It was clear from the exceptional submissions that Maryland and the surrounding area is a wellspring for ground-breaking innovative bioscience research from academic institutions and growing companies, said Gregory Kelly, Ph.D. Senior Vice President at SoBran. “It was both a difficult task and an honor for us to review the impressive ideas and hard work put forth by these researchers.”

About SoBran BioScience

SoBran BioScience has over 20 years of experience supporting complex preclinical research and drug discovery for government agencies, academic institutions, and biotechnology companies. SoBran is ISO 9001:2015 certified and leads the industry in designing and managing ethical animal care programs that meet the most demanding regulatory standards. For more information visit us at

About The Maryland Tech Council

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

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