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Maryland’s Eastern Shore: Innovative Leaders

Maryland's Eastern Shore is home to top companies and innovators in biosciences.

By Emily McMackin on May 16, 2016

Nationally and internationally known firms that have a presence on Maryland’s Eastern Shore include dynamic corporations such as W.L. Gore, Siemens, Veltec, Orbital ATK, Dart Container, GKD-USA, Aphena Pharma Solutions, Allen Harim Foods and Interstate Container.

In Federalsburg, Valpac manufactures custom adhesives and sealants for automotive and medical industries. The company also does contract manufacturing for nationally known brands and develops the adhesives used in all bandages and wound care products. In Easton, Konsyl Pharmaceutical makes the No. 1 doctor-recommended all-natural psyllium fiber supplement recommended more than 21,000 physicians and is a major supplier to retailers like Walmart.

Chestertown is home to biosciences pioneer ILSbio, which provides human specimens and laboratory services to support researchers developing diagnostic tools and treatments for cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Grasonville’s Signtex Lighting, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of emerging lighting systems, holds key patents in its field and has developed some of the most innovative products in the market, including the first low voltage central power system for exit signs.

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