Top 50 Innovative Businesses: @VR Virtual Reality, Alirtify and AstraZeneca Frederick Manufacturing Center

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.

@VR Virtual Reality
5 Willowdale Drive Unit B13
Frederick, MD 21701

Nine virtual reality stations where you can enjoy over seventy games including sports, action, adventure, sightseeing, and many more. We also offer multitiplayer games. We have clients as young as three years old and as old as seventy plus. Operating for three years, one location.

Groups can choose to book a single station or multiple stations. One player will play in the station at a time, while others in your party can sit back and watch you navigate through the world of virtual reality on your very own 65" TV connected to your station.

VR provides educational experiences for schools, summer camps, and small or large groups. We provide mediation experiences for clients with mental health issues or to relieve stress and we also have yoga and exercise experiences that help with physical health for our clients as well. We have been using HTC Vive Pro Heasdset for the last 3 years.

118 N Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701

Alirtify is an AI platform that uses data from news events such as sentiments, location, and keywords to glean real-time insights. Alirtify uses news data as well as social media, blogs, and other publicly available data to reduce the noise and only share what is important to the user.

We utilize artificial intelligence (AI) technologies like machine learning and natural language processing to provide rapid insights by cutting through the noise of daily alerts, drastically reducing response times to curate real time intelligence. Our solution can provide peace of mind for people and communities that have a desire to know what is happening around people or places that they care about in real time.

AstraZeneca Frederick Manufacturing Center (FMC)
633 Research Court
Frederick, MD 21703

AstraZeneca’s biologics manufacturing center in Frederick produces life-changing medicines for the treatment of cancer, and respiratory and autoimmune conditions. The center is the largest biologics manufacturing facility in the company’s global network of assets.

FMC is a Smart Factory and a Digital Lighthouse, which performs a unique role by testing digital technologies via proofs of concept. We build the right capability to deliver and own the products and establish the business processes to enable the digital solution to run our routine operations.

Inspired by what science can do, we are focused on accelerating the delivery of life-changing medicines that create enduring value for patients and society. We are committed to operating in a way that recognizes the interconnection between business growth, the needs of society and the limitations of our planet. FMC leverages the power of digital throughout our end-to-end supply chain through digital drug development, advanced and predictive business insights and optimization, digital paperwork, and other productivity methods.

Frederick County’s support of the life sciences, investment in education and workforce development, and proximity to world-renowned academic institutions are among the reasons we value being in Frederick. We help put Frederick on the map by creating life-changing medicines used by patients globally. We have been recognized with multiple awards for Frederick County Best Place to Work, Frederick County Sustainability and Healthiest Maryland Business Gold Award.