Subject: BPW - R. Don Elsey joins MdBio Foundation's board of directors

Emergent BioSolutions Inc.'s R. Don Elsey, chief financial officer and senior vice president of finance and administration, has joined the MdBio Foundation's board of directors.

The MdBio Foundation is a charitable and educational organization with a focus on supporting the bioscience community in Maryland through bioscience awareness, education and workforce development programs. The MdBio Foundation is a subsidiary of the Tech Council of Maryland.

"It is my belief that the biopharmaceutical industry has the greatest potential to change and improve the quality of human life,” Elsey said. “For this reason, I am both honored and excited to serve on the board of MdBio Foundation, an organization that is committed to nurturing life sciences in the service of the community.”

Elsey joined Emergent BioSolutions in 2005 and has served as chief financial officer since 2006. Prior to joining Emergent BioSolutions, Elsey held various finance positions at IGEN International, BioVeris Corporation, Applera and International Business Machines, Inc.

Elsey holds and MBA in finance and a BA in economics from Michigan State University and is a certified management accountant.

“Don brings a wealth of industry experience and insight that will benefit MdBio Foundation and the constituents it serves,” Richard Zakour, Ph.D., executive director of MdBio, said. “We look forward to Don’s service on the board as the foundation continues to grow its programs and increase its positive impact on the State of Maryland.”

MdBio has supported Maryland's bioscience community for the last 18 years through business development, advisory services, industry databases, industry reports and financial rewards. MdBio also provides educational and workforce development programs, a speaker series, scholarships at Montgomery College, a post-doctoral conference and career expo, the BioGENEius science competition and summer science camps.

MdBio also operates the mobile MdBioLab bioscience lab, which has been in operation since 2003 and visits high schools throughout the state.