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2 With FastForward Ties Among Those Named to BBJ’s…

2 With FastForward Ties Among Those Named to BBJ’s Tech 10


John Cammack

Through innovation, investments and talent nurturing, Baltimore’s tech community grows stronger every day. To recognize those most instrumental in driving this change, The Baltimore Business Journal named the recipients of its second annual Tech 10 Awards, including two with ties to FastForward.

John Cammack and Sathya Elumalai were featured among a prestigious list that included tech company executives, leaders of incubators and venture capital investors.

Cammack, a FastForward mentor-in-residence, is backing several Baltimore-based tech companies like Allovue, Red Owl Analytics and ZeroFox. The ex-T. Rowe Price executive also sits on a number of boards, including those of Betamore and the Johns Hopkins student startup FactoryFour.

Sathya Elumalai

Sathya Elumalai, CEO of Multisensor Diagnostics, a FastForward startup, is developing a handheld device called MouthLab that quickly and easily gathers key vital signs. Elumalai co-founded Multisensor Diagnostics in 2015 while earning his MBA in health care management and finance at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. In March, his company beat out a field of about five dozen to become one of four finalists in the Association of University Technology Manager’s national business plan competition.

In addition to being featured in the BBJ’s September 22 issue, the publication will celebrate the honorees with a public event on September 21. Jen Meyer, CEO of Betamore and a Tech 10 winner last year, will be the keynote speaker at the event.

Last year, the BBJ selected JHTV head Christy Wyskiel and Protenus co-founders Robert Lord and Nick Culbertson among its honorees for the inaugural Tech 10 awards. Protenus is a FastForward startup currently operating in Baltimore’s Harbor East neighborhood.

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R. Keith Baker Award: A Friend Remembered, 2 Others…

R. Keith Baker Award: A Friend Remembered, 2 Others Honored


R. Keith Baker Award recipients Dave Greenwald and Nakisha Holder

A mentor, friend and so much more, R. Keith Baker passed away suddenly in 2013, but those at Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures who knew him carry their beloved colleague’s memory and feel his inspiration every day.

On July 12, JHTV ensured that Baker’s legacy would endure with the inaugural R. Keith Baker Award, an honor bestowed on current JHTV employees who embody the namesake’s admirable values and qualities: scientific curiosity, strong mentorship capability, altruism, calming influence, resolute perseverance and dedication to Johns Hopkins.

Baker, who earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Wake Forest University and MBA from St. Joseph’s University, began working at Johns Hopkins in 2000 and eventually became the senior director of licensing for Johns Hopkins’ Office of Technology Transfer.

“Keith was someone who everyone looked up to,” says Helen Montag, JHTV’s senior director of business development and corporate partnerships. “He was a quiet, smart leader.”

The recent move of the JHTV headquarters from downtown Baltimore to the 1812 Ashland building in East Baltimore presented the perfect opportunity to establish an award in honor of Baker. Now, when people walk into JHTV’s headquarters, they see a remembrance of Baker, a description of the award given in his honor and a list of R. Keith Baker Award recipients.

With more than 50 people in attendance, including Baker’s wife, Eleanor, and one of his three children, Wade, JHTV presented the inaugural R. Keith Baker Award to Director of Business Development Dave Greenwald and Senior Licensing Associate Nakisha Holder. In subsequent years, JHTV leadership will select only one employee for the award.

Helen Montag

“Dave, like Keith, naturally leans into mentoring colleagues in a modest and low-key manner,” Montag says, recalling how Greenwald tutored two colleagues to use a computer program he used extensively prior to joining JHTV in 2014.

“Dave didn’t expect to be rewarded for it. He did it because it was the right thing to do,” Montag says. “It’s something Keith would’ve done. They’re both natural teachers.”

Holder, whose tenure with JHTV began in 2007 when it was known as Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer, benefited first-hand from Baker’s mentorship. It’s something that she has taken to heart and implements in her day-to-day work.

“Nakisha has taken the lead on our tangible material licensing efforts,” says Neil Veloso, the executive director of technology transfer. “Throughout her career but recently especially, she has taken on a number of responsibilities and is always willing to assist and train others.”

JHTV expects to present its next award in summer 2018.

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