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For Immediate Release: 8/11/2014
Valerie Fremont Joins DED to Head Life Sciences and Health IT Sectors

Montgomery County Department of Economic Development (DED) announces the addition of Valerie Fremont as Senior Business Development Specialist for the County’s life sciences and health IT sectors. Fremont brings 13 years of industry experience to the County along with experience in the international, national and regional biotech community.

”We are happy to welcome Valerie to the department and fortunate to be able to call upon her vast experience in the life sciences arena,” said DED Director Steve Silverman. “Not only does she bring a wealth of knowledge of two of our most important sectors—life sciences and health IT—but she also is already well known in that community. The County and our companies in those sectors will all benefit mutually from those important connections.”

As the primary economic development representative for life sciences and health IT, Fremont will be responsible for formulating and implementing the County’s strategic plan for the sectors, in addition to fostering partnerships throughout the community. She will manage projects aimed at attracting new companies into the County, accelerating the growth of existing companies and aiding the pipeline of new companies in these sectors.

Prior to accepting the position with DED, Fremont was Director of Product Development at Trophogen, where she supervised and oversaw all scientific projects. At Trophogen she managed the laboratory and developed policies and plans leading to multiple successes for the company, including the award of 10 Small Business Innovation Research grants totaling $9.5 million.

During her tenure at Trophogen, Fremont also served as National Chair for Global Chapter Development at Women In Bio (WIB), an organization that promotes career development, leadership and entrepreneurship for women in life sciences.

In that role, Fremont was responsible for significant growth within WIB. Her efforts led to the opening of four new U.S. chapters and the first Canadian chapter, all within 18 months. She established the WIB networking committee and served as chair for developing networking events and professional development programs for women in life sciences. As chair of the strategic planning working group, Fremont increased WIB membership by 200 percent in two years.

Fremont holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Neurobiology summa cum laude, an M.S. Degree in Neurosciences and Neurobiology from the University of Provence in Marseille, France, and a B.S. Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Sciences in Montpellier, France. Fremont also had a two-year, post-doctorate position at Temple University and one and one-half years at the University of Maryland, Institute of Human Virology.

About DED

Montgomery County Department of Economic Development stimulates economic growth by starting, growing, and attracting companies, especially in such strategic sectors as life sciences, IT, cybersecurity, health IT, data analytics, and government contracting. The department’s mission is to make Montgomery County a globally competitive and highly diversified knowledge-based economy. For more information, visit www.choosemontgomerymd.gov or call 240-777-2000.

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Release ID: 14-304
Media Contact: James Moody 240-777-2040

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