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Charlotte Region Networking

Expand your professional network with the Greater Charlotte region’s networking events for the biotechnology community! We have opportunities for life science professionals as well as students of all ages.

The region is also home to several Exchange Groups (EGs). These groups, sponsored by the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, facilitate discussion and bring people together to exchange information about various aspects of biotechnology. EGs foster scientific information exchange, industry and academic partnerships and professional networking opportunities.

Exchange Groups in the Greater Charlotte region include:

• The Bioethics Resource Network (BRN). This group serves community professionals, academics and scientists by providing them with a forum to discuss and explore bioethical issues.  In addition, the network provides opportunities for its members to share their viewpoints on ethical issues with each other.

• The Catalyst Group is comprised of students, fellows, and employees from all of the universities and companies on the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis. This informal group was started in 2010 to foster personal and professional relationships on campus. The Catalyst Group also hosts live-streaming of the monthly NCBiotech Jobs Network events from RTP.

• The Charlotte Venture Challenge is a series of five topical workshops on entrepreneurial development and commercialization put on by UNC Charlotte’s Charlotte Research Institute and Ventureprise, Inc. The workshops are geared to help faculty, researchers, students, entrepreneurs and early-stage start-ups prepare an opportunity assessment for their technology, discovery or business.

• The Genomic Sciences Exchange Group (GENE) supports ongoing collaborative genomics research at the North Carolina Research Campus and stimulates new collaborations in the Greater Charlotte region. GENE serves as a forum for discussing scientific ideas, new directions and data analysis techniques from a wide range of genomic technologies and organisms.

• The LifeScience Economic Development (LED) Exchange Group is a collaborative effort between biotechnology and life science partners in the region, formed initially to support the ongoing economic development of the biotechnology sector in the North Carolina Research Campus and the region. The group’s mission is to enhance the region's competitive advantage by creating a local and global awareness of the region's biotechnology-related strengths of research, education, business development and workforce training.