O'Malley told the General Assembly about Andraka's accomplishments to highlight the state's goals in innovation and entrepreneurship.
Andraka, a 15-year-old North County High School student, won Intel's top International Science and Engineering prize after developing a paper sensor to detect pancreatic and ovarian cancers. O'Malley said 8,500 citizens chose Andraka as winner of the MDForward contest.
"We are joined today in the gallery by an inventor and entrepreneur ..." O'Malley said. "Buy stock in this guy."