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Courtney Skunda

Director of Projects & Prospects
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Courtney joined NCBiotech in July 2014 after more than a decade of life science public relations and lobbying.

She is responsible for creating, implementing and measuring programs that support the attraction, expansion and retention of life science companies in North Carolina.

Prior to joining the Center, she served as director of community relations and communications for the Virginia BioTechnology Research Park in Richmond. There she was responsible for promoting the benefits of the Park and its 60-plus companies to community leaders, elected officials and decision-makers to garner more support for making Greater Richmond a more recognizable destination for the biosciences. 

After graduating from James Madison University with a B.A. in political science, Courtney served as a government affairs assistant with Troutman Sanders LLP. She worked with Troutman’s management team to offer strategic counseling and governmental affairs support to clients negotiating the Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act and the Public-Private Transportation Act. In addition she represented the business interests of various pharmaceutical and healthcare trade associations.

Courtney’s internship experience included work with the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Public Policy and in the press office of then-Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, J. Dennis Hastert.


The North Carolina Biotechnology Center is pleased to welcome our newest Landing Pad tenant, Fluidigm.

It’s called the Landing Pad but could just as easily be called the Launching Pad.

By either name, it’s a conducive environment for establishing a bioscience company in North Carolina.

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center is pleased to welcome our newest Landing Pad tenant, Todd DeZwaan of LemnaTec.