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The Pinkney Innovation Complex for Science and Technology

The Pinkney Innovation Complex for Science and Technology

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Montgomery College, a nationally and internationally renowned multicampus community college, serves nearly 50,000 highly diverse students per year in 140+ programs of study, including biotechnology, cybersecurity, engineering, nursing, and allied health. Many MC students participate in undergraduate research, internships, and academic competitions and conferences, and transfer to top four-year institutions to complete baccalaureate and advanced degrees.

The area is home to more than 350 bioscience companies and key federal institutions, including the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Walter Reed Army Institute for Research.

Surrounded by woodlands, the site provides immediate access to the I-270 technology corridor. The park is currently being developed to accommodate life sciences, cybersecurity, and other technology companies.

RISE Zone and Opportunity Zone

Montgomery College is the first community college in Maryland and first location in Montgomery County to be a designatedRISE Zonenew window. A Regional Institution Strategic Enterprise (RISE) Zone designation allows targeted businesses locating within PIC MC and connecting to Montgomery College to receive real property tax credits of 75 percent for five years.

The Germantown Campus has also been named anOpportunity Zonenew window, which provides federal tax incentives to spur investment in underserved communities by attracting investment. These incentives can spur further economic development in the form of job creation and revitalization, providing new opportunities for business, housing, and retail growth.

In June 2019 a pair of Montgomery County firms have inked a deal to be the next to build with a 120,000-square-foot life sciences office building on the Germantown campus of Montgomery College, a site that benefits from its designation as both a federally designated opportunity zone and a state RISE zone. Read the entireWashington Business Journalarticlenew window.

The Pinkney Innovation Complex for Science and Technology, or PIC MC, is Montgomery College's integrated academic, business, and research campus located in Germantown, Maryland.

Key Benefits

  • Zoned as Life Sciences Center
  • Space available for lease and build to suit
  • Located near healthcare, IT, and biotech firms
  • Federal institutions nearby
  • Close to one national and two international airports
  • Trained workforce

Unique Opportunities

PIC MC has a lot to offer to you and our community. From programs in biotechnology to cybersecurity and health sciences to life sciences along with a state of the art hospital, PIC MC is growing to fit the needs of our area.Learn more(PDF,Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)about PIC MC, and take theVirtual Tournew window.

The PIC MC Foundation

The Foundation supports the Innovation Complex, providing an integrated academic, business, and research environment.

Through the Foundation, Montgomery College provides space for economic development. Entrepreneurs are provided a resource-rich location. Students gain access to internships and interaction with industry professionals.

We supply the workforce. Matching the needs of our evolving workforce with the proper training and education programs is an ever present challenge. It calls for communication, analysis, collaboration, and agility. At Montgomery College, we constantly strive to be relevant to needs of the county’s employers, our community, and our students. Read theWorkforce Development Impact Report(PDF,Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)to learn more.

Foundation Officers
Interim Chair

John G. Compton, PhD
Cofounder and Consultant of GeneDX

Vice Chair

John G. Compton, PhD
Cofounder and Consultant of GeneDX


Allen P. DeLeon, CPA, PFS
Founding Partner
DeLeon & Stang, CPAs and Advisors

Immediate Past Chair

Doug Wrenn
Rodgers Consulting, Inc.


Margaret W. Latimer
Vice President and Provost, Collegewide STEM Unit and Germantown Campus


Kelli Brooks
Partner/Managing Director of Finance
Urban Atlantic

Stephen D. Cain, PhD
Chief of Staff/Chief Strategy Officer

Yum Yu Cheng, Esq.
Principal and General Counsel
United Solutions

Hermann Cruz
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.

Diana Elias
Director of HR

John G. Compton, PhD
Cofounder and Consultant of GeneDX

Gail Folena-Wasserman, PhD
Senior Vice President, Biopharmaceutical Development

Angela Graham
President & CEO
Quality Biological, Inc.

Derek K. Harps
Retired Vice President
M&T Bank

Stephen Z. Kaufman, JD
Senior Partner Emeritus
Linowes and Blocher LLP

Manish Kothari
President & CEO
Sheladia Associates, Inc.

Perry Paylor
Law Offices of Perry L. Paylor

Dr. Sanjay Rai
Senior Vice President Academic Affairs

Tom Rogers, CPA
Vendor Centric

Kristine Warner
Managing Partner
Mair & Warner Public Relations

Zach Zwicker
Director, Manufacturing Operations

Ex Officio
DeRionne P. Pollard, PhD
Michael Smith headshot

Michael Smith
Executive Director
Office: 240-567-2007
michael.smith1@montgomerycollege.edunew window

Mike is the newly appointed Executive Director of the Pinkney Innovation Complex for Science and Technology at Montgomery College where he will oversee development of a 40-acre innovative science and technology hub in collaboration with academic, corporate and government partners.

Mike has more than 30 years of experience in creating and leading high-profile, transformative, mixed-use real estate development projects throughout the Metropolitan Washington DC region.

Most recently, as EVP of Development for Lantian Development Company, Mike re-entitled an obsolete ‘80s vintage, 32-acre office park in Rockville, MD into a 2.5 msf mixed-use community.

As a Development Advisor to former County Executive Ike Leggett, Mike led a group of 12 public and private property owners to create a Metro accessible master plan campus vision for Amazon's HQ2 Project on approximately 50 acres of land adjacent to North Bethesda's White Flint Metro Station and also led a Team that compelled Marriott Corporation to locate their new 730,000 sf International HQ and a co-located 250 key hotel in Bethesda MD.

As an SVP of Development with LCOR Inc., Mike and his colleagues at LCOR were the initial visionaries behind the urban transformation of the White Flint sub-market where he developed 1.1 million square feet of headquarters, retail and apartment uses on a WMATA owned site.

Mike has a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development from MIT and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Undergraduate Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. He is the former Chair and current Board member of the Maryland/DC Chapter of NAIOP. He is a long-time resident of the Historic District in Ellicott City and continues to be a passionate fan of his native Boston sports teams.

Melanie Kandel
Board Engagement and Marketing Director
Office: 240-567-8062, Mobile: 240-678-6277

Office Location

Pinkney Innovation Complex for Science and Technology (PIC MC)
Paul Peck Academic and Innovation Building, Room 101B
20271 Goldenrod Lane (office location)
20200 Observation Drive, PK 101B (mailing address)
Germantown, MD 20876