Monday, March 31, 2014


                        Five Questions with Sharan Vedbrat, President, KAMTEK, INC.
                                                    4851 International Blvd, Suite 102
                                                              Frederick, MD 21703

How long have you been in business?
We have been in business about 20 years!

How many employees do you have?
We have 6 employees which includes me, the owner. I work full-time.

Why do you believe you'll continue to be successful in Frederick County?
Our business operation consists of two parts one is a state-of-the-art Bio-repository, which involves the long term storage, preservation and management of biological samples.  The second is a laboratory operation that provides a range of services mostly linked to the needs of the same clients using the Bio-repository.  This combination requires a facility consisting both of good warehouse space that also adjoins a state of the art biotech laboratory space.  The latter is not usually found built-up older warehouse neighborhoods. Conditions in Frederick County provided us with the opportunity to affordably combine the two requirements at a single location.  Our custom-developed facility near the intersections of the high-tech corridor of I-270, I-70 and Route 85 (Buckeystown Pike) offers accessibility to our clients at NIH, NCI, FDA, WRAIR, SAIC, USAMRIID, other biotech and bio-pharma companies, and to airports for shipping materials to and from  distant US and International clients.  We are also close to vendors and services we may need to reach quickly in case of emergencies. Lower electricity cost, underground power lines, low crime risk, and a friendly business environment add to KamTek opportunity to fully establish its roots in Frederick County.  In the current government budget crunch that also affects our operation, the relatively lower operational costs we found in this county are crucial to the well-being of our company.

If your company is involved in community outreach, please share with us your involvement.
Our operation requires large amounts of electric power that must be secured by a backup power generator of our own. KamTek helps in alleviating demand on the local power supply grid by voluntarily turning on and running its standby generator during anticipated peak usage hours.
In addition, KamTek has always participated in training young scientists by offering summer internships to high school graduates, undergraduate and graduate students.  Two of our current employees are with us because of our outreach efforts, and previously KamTek had been recognized my Montgomery Works program for its efforts in this area.
What are you most proud of?
I am proud of the long term survival of my minority- and woman-owned biotech business which was done with the help of wonderful people along the way, and most importantly, KamTek’s current team.