Top 50 Innovative Businesses: Lonza, Maryland Ensemble Theatre and Orases

This year FCOED is recognizing and celebrating Frederick County’s innovative businesses. These businesses are making the biggest impact on their industries, workplace, and community — thriving in today’s ever-changing environment. Join us as we get to know our Top 50 Innovative Businesses.

Lonza Walkersville Inc.
8830 Biggs ford Road
Walkersville, MD

Lonza provides life science researchers with the tools to develop and test therapeutics, from basic research to final product release. Lonza's Bioscience products and services range from cell culture and discovery technologies for research, to quality control tests and software for manufacturing.

Lonza Walkersville manufactures endotoxin detection test kits which determine if harmful pyrogens are present in pharmaceutical products. Our objective was to update our bacterial endotoxin test system with automation and recombinant reagents to 'error proof' and 'future proof' this product line.

Maryland Ensemble Theatre
31 W Patrick St
Frederick, MD 21701

Founded in 1997, MET’s is entering our 25th year of presenting live Theatrical Productions. MET’s FunCompany provides Theatre for Youth. MET Comedy is home to The Comedy Pigs, est. 1993, and Oh CRIT, est. 2017. MET’s Ensemble School offers classes in acting and improv for students of all ages.

MET was forced to adapt and pivot to digital formats during the pandemic. MET promised their audiences 5 productions in the 2020-21 “Season of Surprises.” This pivot allowed patrons to remain engaged and expanded the reach of MET programming gaining viewers from as far away as Australia!

5728 Industry Lane
Frederick, MD

Orases is a full-service, digital technology agency based in Frederick. They employ 53 people across the country and 18 in Frederick County. Founded in 2000, Orases is a trusted provider of custom software, website and application development services, and solutions that drive efficiency and provide measurable cost savings to their clients.

Their mission is to provide creative and innovative solutions to everyday problems. Orases builds custom software to help businesses and organizations reach their vision, improve efficiency and use technology to make the world a better place.