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Celebrating Science as a Team Sport

Networking is the scientist's version of the team huddle for NC's life science community

North Carolina has no lack of campus rivalries on courts and playing fields, but the state is also renowned for the opposite in its R&D settings: an abundance of life science collaboration.

We’re going to celebrate that fact March 15, 2016 during the fourth annual Exchanging Ideas Summit from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. 

This year’s theme is “Science as a Team Sport.” 

This event grew out of NCBiotech’s Exchange Group program, which has long provided strong team-like support for our vibrant statewide life science community on a variety of interest areas. 

The Summit brings together three diverse speakers who will demonstrate why collaboration and partnership are important to scientific discovery and development and show why science is indeed a team sport. Afterward, participants can meet and greet during the reception and networking hour, and perhaps form new connections that will lead to future collaborations. 

Deb Mosca, Ph.D., CEO of the Marine Bio-Technologies Center of Innovation, will lead off the formal program. Deb’s efforts have cultivated an environment of collaboration among universities, businesses, funding agencies, and other groups throughout North Carolina and led to over 230 technology assessments of marine biotechnology discoveries. 

Featured speaker Brandy Salmon, Ph.D., senior innovation advisor at RTI International, has a unique perspective from having worked across the innovation value chain from a small company to a Fortune 500 Corporation. Brandy will shed light on how innovation can be moved from discovery to successful commercialization and why working collaboratively across organizations is essential to the process.   

Ben Bahr, Ph.D., the William C. Friday chair and distinguished professor of biotechnology research at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, will present the keynote talk. Recognized as an outstanding teacher and mentor, Ben is also an internationally recognized expert on age-related neuro-degenerative disorders. His work centers on new treatments for dementia and other discoveries for brain disorders. 

The talks will be inspiring, the networking will be energizing. Please join us at this exciting event and connect with N.C.’s life science community. Registration is now open. It’s $15 for assistant professors, postdocs and grad students, $20 for full and associate professors and government employees, and $30 for industry professionals.

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