MdBio Foundation, Inc. is a, non-profit organization that provides innovative, effective, and experiential STEM education opportunities with a focus on bioscience. The Foundation’s interdisciplinary approach uses science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to explore real-world, problem-centric learning that bridges school, community, health, and business.
A successful public/private partnership, MdBio was created in 1991 as part of an initiative to enhance Maryland’s bioscience industry and infrastructure through the construction of a state-of-the-art multitenant biomanufacturing facility in Baltimore. Originally known as the Maryland Bioprocessing Center, Inc., and later MdBio, Inc., the MdBio Foundation channeled revenue from facility lease payments into the development and promotion of Maryland’s commercial bioscience industry. Beginning in 1997, the MdBio Foundation expanded its reach by creating education programs aimed to spark students’ interest in science and to raise awareness of science careers throughout the state. The bioprocessing center was sold in 2009.
Since 1991, MdBio has been instrumental in the continued growth of Maryland’s bioscience industry, providing companies with financial support, business development consulting services, cost sharing and group purchasing opportunities, and education and workforce development programs.
In 2006, MdBio Foundation, a charitable organization, became an affiliate of the Tech Council of Maryland (TCM), a trade association. Simultaneously, the MdBio Division within TCM was created to represent and support the State’s bioscience industry.
Today, the MdBio Foundation enhances science education through a diverse set of programs, including the flagship program MdBioLab, and other celebrated STEM education programs such as the Young Science Explorers Program (YSEP) for middle school students, the Maryland BioGENEius Award, and the game-based learning platform MdBioSphere.