Frederick/Rockville, Maryland – The Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Inc (FITCI) congratulates member Dr. Mina Izadjoo, President and Chief Science Officer of Integrated Pharma Services (IPS) and Integrated MicroSciences (IMS), on being named 2018 “Innovator of the Year” by Maryland Women’s Business Center (MWBC).
Dr. Izadjoo received her PhD in Microbiology from Louisiana State University in 1992, followed by six years of post-doctoral fellowships at Texas A&M University and NIH in molecular biology and immunogenomics. Today, she continues pursuing her research in the private sector and is focused on developing novel diagnostic and therapeutic solutions for hard-to-treat infectious diseases, including antibiotic-resistant pathogens. She advanced several technologies through her innovative approach for generating scientific data necessary to take candidate products to the next maturity level. She holds patented technology for standardized growth of polymicrobial communities for various downstream applications, including antimicrobial drug screening and genomic sequencing. She previously won the 2017 JWC Best Innovation in North America Award and the 2018 FCC Leader of the Year, noted for her company’s strong internship program and training for the next generation of scientists.
FITCI CEO Kathie Callahan Brady appreciates the unique challenges women face, even though they now start businesses at more than twice the rate of men. * She says, “Growing a successful business is always a challenge, but Dr. Izadjoo is definitely an outlier. Her drive and intelligence are obvious, but what makes her stand out is a willingness to collaborate, whether it’s with students, fellow accelerator members or clients. That raises the bar for everybody.”
WMBC is a state-wide resource for Women business leaders, offering counseling, training and opportunities to connect with other entrepreneurs. The honor celebrates women who have been able to persevere to achieve success by growing their businesses, creating jobs, driving innovation, and contributing to America’s global competitiveness. An awards luncheon happens October 17, 2018, at Lakewood Country Club in Rockville from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Mali Phonpadith, Founder and CEO of the SOAR Community Network and a bestselling author, is the keynote speaker.
* 2016 sixth annual State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express.