Emergent BioSolutions teams with Panther Racing for Wounded Warriors

Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., will partner with Panther Racing in an associate corporate sponsorship agreement for this weekend's Baltimore Grand Prix.

Emergent BioSolutions and Panther joined the United Service Organizations for an exclusive visit on Thursday morning with Wounded Warriors at Fort Meade, a U.S. Army base in Maryland located just down the road from the Baltimore street course. On hand were Panther team owner John Barnes, Emergent BioSolutions, Inc.'s president and COO Daniel J. Abdun-Nabi and driver JR Hildebrand, who had breakfast and hosted an autograph session with more than 100 Wounded Warriors, including members of the Warrior Transition Unit, who are servicemen who require more than six months of rehabilitation.

"Seeing that National Guard car and being able to meet the drivers and the people involved means so much to me, the Wounded Warriors and the city of Baltimore." Sgt. Denoh Greer of the National Guard, who attended the meeting in part to gain support for his Iraqi Chronicles documentary project, said. "President Abdun-Nabi has agreed to give whatever aid he can on my project, a documentary that I hope can prevent future terrorism and biowarfare. Even though we are wounded, through our resilience we want to inspire the people around us every day."

“We’re very happy and honored that Emergent BioSolutions is going to join our team for the weekend,” Barnes said. “Ever since the National Guard became part of our family in 2008 we’ve attempted to surround ourselves with companies and organizations that help support our service men and women, and their families, across the nation. Emergent has the same goals in mind, and we’re looking forward to the potential this partnership has for our team.”

This marked the first time in history that Panther has attended an event at Fort Meade.

“Emergent's partnership with Panther Racing is an exciting and meaningful opportunity to support the National Guard and Wounded Warriors,” Abdun-Nabi said. “Protecting life is at the core of our business, and we are proud to honor our courageous service men and women, who are at the forefront of keeping our great nation safe.”

The Baltimore Grand Prix is the inaugural IZOD IndyCar Series event and will be held on the inner harbor streets of Baltimore and feature some of open-wheel racing's brightest stars, including Hildebrand, who is the reigning Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year and the current leader in the IZOD IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year standings.