Gianna Arnold, Partner at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, LLP
Gianna J. Arnold is a partner in the Intellectual Property & Technology Practice at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, LLP. Gianna is licensed before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and represents Fortune 500 corporations, start-up and growth companies, and universities in the development and management of patent, trademark and copyright portfolios, sponsored research, joint development, licensing and product development. She helps clients to identify, protect and manage their intellectual assets and to secure and enforce their intellectual property rights worldwide.
Gianna regularly prepares opinions on matters including patentability, validity, infringement, and freedom to use. She also conducts intellectual property due diligence analysis in connection with mergers, acquisitions, licensing, private equity placements and public stock offerings.
Gianna counsels start-up and early-stage companies in regard to the protection of their intellectual assets and prepares corresponding agreements. She has first-hand knowledge and practice in the matters of entity formation, financing, and mergers and acquisitions, and regularly counsels start-up and early-stage companies in the protection of their intellectual assets.
Prior to joining Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, Gianna was a principal at Miles & Stockbridge, where her practice included patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and unfair competition law in business, intellectual property, licensing and litigation matters relating to life sciences.
She also has a scientific background that includes experience as an analytical chemist in the biochemical and environmental realms.
George Davis, CEO of TEDCO
George Davis is well-known for his successes in investing, building and managing biotech, IT, and software companies, often from the start-up stage. George recently served as Partner in Gamma3 LLC, a Maryland based investment platform which provides early-stage financing to locally based startups. Under George’s guidance, Gamma3 has invested in several Maryland based portfolio companies that cover a broad spectrum of life science and cybersecurity early stage opportunities. He also served as the CEO of one of Gamma3’s portfolio companies, Gemstone Biotherapeutics LLC. Gemstone is a Baltimore-based research and development company founded in 2013 in conjunction with Johns Hopkins University to develop innovative, high efficiency, evidence-based wound care solutions.
With over 30 years of management experience, having served in various C-level positions, including President and CEO of publicly traded companies, George offers a broad range of experience and business acumen. Over the course of his career, Mr. Davis has helped secure over $1.5B in capital for several technology sector companies including leading several public offerings. He is recognized for his executive leadership abilities. From 1996 to 2003, he served as the President and Vice Chairman and led the public offering of Aether Systems, an early pioneer of mobile and wireless data computing. In 2006, he became the CEO of Avatech Solutions, a publicly traded company specializing in Computer Aided Design Software sales and support and he led the merger of the company with Rand Worldwide in 2010, doubling the size of the business. Prior to his roles at Aether and Avatech, George was a director of enterprise management systems at Northrop Grumman Corporation and managed advanced military electronic development and production projects at Westinghouse Electric Corporation.
George has served on various advisory boards for locally based early stage technology companies. He received a BS in Business and Economics from Bethany College of which he is a Trustee Emeritus.
George Hepburn, President of Dynasplint Systems
The 2017 Small Business Exporter is George Hepburn, President of Dynasplint Systems in Severna Park, nominated by the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber. You could say that George “built a better mousetrap.” A physical therapist by trade, he saw firsthand the need for a new and improved, more efficient, apparatus to assist patients overcome injury and get back into the swing of things. Through two years of trial and error, he created a sophisticated dynamic splinting system to treat joint stiffness and contractures seen in nearly every clinical rehab setting. He officially launched his product and company in 1981. His device mimics a therapist’s hands and gives an additional six to eight hours per day of gentle stretching; constantly seeking to achieve a return to the desired range of motion in the affected joint. The device is used by the patient at home to complement the services received at a therapy facility, increasing healing time and saving the patient money by reducing office visits.
Business growth has been tremendous over the last 35 years. Today, he employs nearly 300, with sales in excess of $25 million annually. The product line now includes over 90 splints that address a myriad of injuries from elbows and wrists to knees, shoulders and ankles. Products are made here in Maryland and are shipped to Spain, France, Germany, Russia, Japan and Australia among others.
There have been many challenges over the years, the biggest of which is the constant changes in healthcare insurance coverage and processing. He’s also had to learn the customs and regulations of each country he’s entered and overcome language barriers along the way. He’s handled every turn swiftly, while staying true to his original commitment to provide each patient with the best possible treatment and service in the safest, quickest, least painful and most cost effective means available.
Tammira Lucas, CEO of The Business Dr. and Co-Founder of Moms and Entrepreneurs
Tammira Lucas is a Mompreneur who is quickly emerging as a trailblazer among professionals and a powerful voice for women teaching them business, balance, and babies. Tammira is the CEO of The Business Dr. Consulting Firm, Co-Founder of Moms As Entrepreneurs, author, speaker, philanthropist, and a professor.
Tammira was awarded the 2015 Small Business Innovator of the Year by Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce and has been featured on Forbes Top 10 Entrepreneurial Websites for Women, and 10 Best Career Sites for Women, The BOSS Network, and Jet Magazine. As a mom, wife, and entrepreneur Tammira loves to help women/moms jump hurdles to success while learning the art of balance, business, and babies. Tammira has also been recognized by 92Q as one of 2014 Baltimore’s Top 30 Under 30 and Baltimore’s Fab list.
Tammira realized early in life that helping others launch and grow their business was her passion. After obtaining two business degrees with honors, running her first successful small business and assisting many entrepreneurs in launching and expanding theirs she formed The Business Dr. The mission of The Business Dr. is to provide strategic marketing solutions to help business owners turn their challenges into profitable solutions.
Tammira Lucas has over 12 years of experience in the business industry. She has worked with small businesses such as the local corner store and online boutiques. She also helps colleges and universities to create solid profitable business models and implement strategic marketing strategies.
Tammira believes that with just a dream and a vision, that all mother’s and young girls can succeed as well.
Eileen O'Rourke, CFO of the Abell Foundation
As Chief Financial Officer at the Abell Foundation, Eileen has overall responsibilities for the business and investment operations of the Foundation. She is responsible for evaluating, structuring, negotiating, and managing direct investments in early-stage companies and in program-related non-profit projects. She actively participates with the management team in advancing the commercialization of promising technologies, including the Foundation’s investment in OTEC International LLC. She is responsible for implementation and performance monitoring of the Foundation’s investment portfolio and cash management functions.
Eileen has thirty years of experience in business finance and project management, with over a dozen years managing direct investments in early companies and in providing innovative financing solutions in support of social mission activities. She graduated summa cum laude from Loyola College and is a certified public accountant, a registered securities broker, and a certified financial and operations principal. A former KPMG Manager and Vice-President with Legg Mason Inc., Eileen represents the Foundation on the board of directors of its investments in eNeura, Pixelligent, and Ceratech and on the Investment Committee of the Propel Baltimore Fund in which the Foundation is a limited partner. She is also on the board and finance committee of the Everyman Theatre. She enjoys the many cultural and outdoors activities in Baltimore with her husband and two children.