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HHS Exec Triad BioNight Keynote

E.J. Holland

E.J. Holland Jr., assistant secretary for Administration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will keynote the 2014 Triad BioNight on Wednesday, May 21.

The event, to be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons, is the biannual celebration of the success and impact of the life sciences in the Piedmont Triad region. It typically attracts several hundred leaders from academia, industry and government from across the state.

Nominations have also opened for the Piedmont Triad Biotechnology Excellence Awards, which are presented at the event.

Holland is responsible for leading and managing some 3,800 federal employees and contractors, operating 12 separate budgets totaling almost $1.4 billion and providing a wide range of HHS services.

Triad BioNight, first held in 2005, is the marquee event for the Triad’s biotechnology community. It’s hosted by the Advisory Committee for Biotechnology in the Piedmont Triad and the Piedmont Triad Office of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.

The Executive Council of the Advisory Committee for Biotechnology in the Piedmont Triad, comprised of members with six years or more of committee involvement, was instrumental in securing the Triad BioNight speaker.

This year’s event will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of this first NCBiotech regional office and recognize outstanding community leaders through the excellence awards.

It will also provide attendees an opportunity to network as well as learn about the importance of healthcare innovation into the future.

“We are extremely pleased to have Assistant Secretary Holland as keynote speaker for this event as someone who can address why innovation matters in healthcare’s future”, said Bill Dean, leader for the Executive Council of the Advisory Committee. “With a speaker who leads and manages healthcare in America on a daily basis, we can gain insight on important discoveries for the future.”

Nancy Johnston, executive director of the NCBiotech Piedmont Triad Office, said she and the many volunteers working on the BioNight are delighted to have Holland keynote the event.

“After a decade of regional focus on successfully supporting biotechnology growth, Triad BioNight continues to build momentum engaging high caliber speakers, attracting new attendees, and awarding excellence across the region,” she said.

Karen Hicks, vice president of human resources for Targacept, chairs the advisory committee. Michael Kelly, COO and CFO for Piedmont Pharmaceuticals, is vice chair. The Triad BioNight event co-chairs are Tim Doran, global vice president of sales and marketing for Solutex (North America), and Lisa Goble, Ph.D., licensing & research policy officer with the Office of Innovation Commercialization at UNC Greensboro.

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