Impactful leader of the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund recognized

Ruchika NijharaCOLUMBIA, Md. (September 21, 2023)TEDCO, Maryland’s economic engine for technology companies, announced that Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund (MSCRF) executive director, Ruchika Nijhara, PhD, was named one of The Daily Record’s 2023 Influential Marylanders.

“Although a new addition to 1TEDCO, it’s already evident why Ruchika was chosen to be an Influential Marylander,” said Troy LeMaile-Stovall, TEDCO CEO. “Her dedication to supporting researchers is unwavering; she actively works to improve processes, support others and so much more. We are proud to be working with someone as talented and influential as Ruchika.”

The Daily Record created the Influential Marylanders award in 2006 to honor those who have made significant impacts in their field and continue to be leaders in Maryland. Nominees for this prestige are reviewed and selected by The Daily Record’s editors and awards are given to individuals contributing to the following areas: civic leadership; communications; education; finance; freestyle; general business; health care; law; philanthropy; real estate; and technology.The Daily Record Influential Marylanders

“It is no surprise that Ruchika has been recognized as an Influential Marylander,” said Ben Antebi, PhD, MSCRF associate director. “Working with her, it’s easy to see her determination, ambition and drive—three key traits for making change in any industry.”

“Ruchika's passion for accelerating cures for diseases through high quality stem cell research is what drives her. Her commitment to seeing it happen in Maryland made her an obvious choice for this award,” said Diane Hoffmann, chair of the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission.

Winners will be honored Thursday, September 21 at The Grand Lodge of Maryland at 4:30 p.m. Find out more at

About the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission 
The Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission is focused on identifying and fostering cutting-edge research and innovation in the field of regenerative medicine in Maryland. Our Accelerating Cures initiative comprises programs that help transition human stem cell-based technologies from the bench to the bedside as well as mechanisms to build and grow stem cell companies in Maryland. Visit us at to learn more about our funding opportunities.

TEDCO, the Maryland Technology Development Corporation, enhances economic empowerment growth through the fostering of an inclusive entrepreneurial innovation ecosystem. TEDCO identifies, invests in, and helps grow technology and life science-based companies in Maryland. Learn more at


Ruchika Nijhara, PhD, MBA, Executive Director, MSCRF,

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