Associate Director of the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund at TEDCO selected as one of 31 honorees across the State

COLUMBIA, Md. (October 9, 2020)— Amritha JaishankarThe Daily Record selected Dr. Amritha Jaishankar, Associate Director of the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund (MSCRF) at TEDCO, to receive one of the 2020 Leading Women awards.

The Daily Record’s Leading Women awards honor women who are 40 years of age or younger for the accomplishments they have made so far in their careers.

“The Commission is thrilled that Dr. Jaishankar is being recognized with the 2020 Leading Women Award,” said Dr. Debra Mathews, Chair of the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission (Commission). “Amritha is indispensable to the Commission and has been critical to the stem cell field and its ecosystem of academics and companies in Maryland. I have no doubt that her ongoing work will allow us to continue to make advances in human stem cell research, develop therapies, and also drive economic development.”

The Daily Record launched the Leading Women awards in 2010 to recognize the next generation of Maryland’s women leaders. 

“TEDCO is honored to celebrate Dr. Jaishankar’s accomplishments, inspiring many other leaders across the State,” said TEDCO’s CEO, Troy LeMaile-Stovall. “Dr. Jaishankar, along with all of this year’s honorees, truly exemplifies an inspiring role model through leadership, mentoring and professional achievements.”

A panel of previous Top 100 Women and Leading Women winners selected the honorees based on their professional experience, community involvement and commitment to inspiring change.

"This year's Leading Women are professionally accomplished, involved in their communities and committed to making a difference and inspiring change," said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, group publisher of The Daily Record. "They are the next generation of leaders in Maryland, and The Daily Record is pleased to recognize their achievements."

The winners will be honored Dec. 1 at a virtual celebration from 6 to 7 p.m. at Each of the winners will be celebrated for their achievements through video storytelling. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in the program with their congratulations and cheers using social media platforms from their homes or offices. For tickets, visit The event hashtag is #TDRevents.

Winners will be profiled in a special magazine that will be inserted into the Dec. 2 issue of The Daily Record and available online at

Sponsors of The Daily Record’s 2020 Leading Women awards include Recognition Sponsor Keswick and Virtual Celebration Sponsors Epsilon Registration and VPC, Inc. Bank of America and Keswick are Diamond Anniversary Sponsors for the 25th anniversary of Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 2020.

For more information about sponsorships and tickets for The Daily Record’s 2020 Leading Women awards, visit or call 443-524-8161.

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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 development 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.

Media Contact
Tammi Thomas, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, TEDCO