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Raleigh's Katharos Presenting in SE Venture Conference

Raleigh therapeutics company Katharos is the only North Carolina life-science company among the 42 companies chosen in the first two rounds of selection to make a presentation at the 2012 Southeast Venture Conference Feb. 29 to March 1 in Tysons Corner, Va.

Katharos, founded in 1999 by Melanie Joy, Pharm.D., Ph.D., associate professor in the Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is developing technology to remove excess phosphate from blood during dialysis, improving care for patients with kidney failure.

Sixty showcase companies from around the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions will present at the conference in the suburban Washington, D.C. Ritz-Carlton hotel.

The event brings together hundreds of the region’s entrepreneurs, national venture capitalists and private equity professionals, merger and acquisition facilitators and other leading technology professionals.

It spotlights top young companies from Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington DC.

The presenting companies range from pre-IPO firms to earlier-stage high-growth firms involved in energy, mobile, health, security and Internet technologies, among others.