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Connecting the Life Science Community

Networking was part of the fun at the 2013 inaugural Exchanging Ideas Summit at NCBiotech

The first Exchange Group Summit, held in 2013, was such a success that NCBiotech is holding another “homecoming” of our diverse exchange groups this year.

Exchange groups have long provided the foundation for a vibrant scientific community statewide.  The community all came together in a single event for the first time in 2013, offering a chance to discuss challenges and celebrate the groups’ shared histories of successes.

The 2nd Annual Exchanging Ideas Summit will be held at NCBiotech headquarters on Wednesday, March 26, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. This event will highlight the importance of scientific community by bringing together scientists and community leaders from a wide variety of life science backgrounds for an evening of stimulating presentations and networking.

These experts will address the research landscape and science economy of North Carolina:

  • John Cavanagh, Ph.D., is our featured speaker. John will provide multiple perspectives from his roles as assistant vice chancellor of research development and William Neal Reynolds distinguished professor of biochemistry at North Carolina State University, and as co-founder of the NCBiotech-supported company Agile Sciences.
  • Keynote speaker John Hardin, Ph.D., executive director for the North Carolina Board of Science & Technology, will talk about the recently released Tracking Innovation report, offering evidence of N.C.’s transition to a knowledge- and innovation-based economy. He will also discuss the trends and themes that must be considered when undertaking efforts to promote economic opportunity throughout the state, and the critical role of the state’s universities in research and development and intellectual property generation. 
  • Karen LeVert, MBA, the CEO and co-founder of Southeast TechInventures, will round out the program with her views on accelerating technologies into the marketplace. Karen will be our Master of Ceremonies to guide the program and Q&A session. The formal program will be followed by a networking reception. 

Please join us at this exciting event to connect with N.C.’s life science community. Registration is now open, at $10 for assistant professors, post docs and grad students, $20 for full and associate professors and government employees, and $30 for others.

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