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Drew Applefield, Ph.D.

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

As Associate Director, Drew is primarily involved with the Center’s funding programs to early-stage companies, including Company Inception Loans (CIL), Small Business Research Loans (SRL) and Strategic Growth Loans (SGL). Drew provides scientific and financial due diligence on loan applicants, and maintains contact with existing portfolio companies to track their progress toward profitability. Drew also supports the Center’s partnering and networking initiatives, and helps to organize career events for the next generation of North Carolina’s biotechnology professionals.

Prior to joining the Biotechnology Center, Drew was an analyst at Maryland-based LifeTech Research, conducting due diligence research for institutional investors and consulting for startup companies in the life sciences. Drew 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, Drew 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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