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Dr. David Ramsay the pick for GBTC’s "BETA" award

Baltimore Business Journal - by Scott Dance

University of Maryland, Baltimore President Dr. David J. Ramsay will receive the Greater Baltimore Technology Council’s annual award recognizing individuals with deep impacts on the local tech community.

Ramsay will accept the honor, called the BETA Award, at the council’s TechNite event Oct. 15. BETA stands for Baltimore’s Extraordinary Technology Advocate.

Ramsay has been the university’s president since 1994. Since then, research there has grown fivefold, from just over $100 million in 1994 to nearly $500 million in fiscal year 2009.

The university also embarked on its plans for a bioscience and biotechnology research park during Ramsay’s tenure. He worked with Baltimore City to buy 5 acres of cleared and vacant city-owned land adjacent to the campus to create the University of Maryland BioPark in 2003. The BioPark is now planned to include 1.8 million square feet of lab and office space in 12 buildings over 10 acres. So far, two buildings with 360,000 square feet and a 631-space parking garage are completed.

Ramsay received bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and medical degrees from Oxford University. Before coming to Maryland, he was senior vice chancellor of academic affairs at the University of California, San Francisco.

Past BETA Award winners include:

  • Aris Melissaratos, adviser to the president for technology transfer at Johns Hopkins University;
  • Frank Bonsal, co-founder of New Enterprise Associates;
  • Frank Adams, of Grotech Ventures;
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County President Freeman Hrabowski; and,
  • Sen. Barbara Mikulski.