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Drew Applefield, Ph.D.

Director, Business and Technology Development
Phone number: 
(919) 314-8333

Dr. Applefield directs the Center’s Company Inception Loan (CIL) program, which provides up to $75,000 in seed capital for early-stage life science companies. He also reviews investment opportunities for the Center’s Small Business Research Loan (SRL) and Strategic Growth Loan (SGL) programs, and supports a portfolio of prior investment recipients to help guide their development. Drew has also managed the Industrial Internship Program (IIP) since its inception in 2012, through which the Center has created 32 internship opportunities at life science companies across North Carolina.

Prior to joining the Biotechnology Center, Dr. Applefield was an analyst at Maryland-based LifeTech Research, where he conducted due diligence research for institutional investors and consulted for startup companies in the life sciences. Dr. Applefield holds a Ph.D. in Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, where he conducted research on eukaryotic protein synthesis. A native of North Carolina, Dr. Applefield attended the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, NC, and received a B.S. in Biology from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC.


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