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  •   Listeners anywhere in the world with a computer and an interest in science are invited to take advantage of the library of free podcasts of American Scientist magazine's Pizza Lunch speaker series.
  • Fran Neary has been promoted to vice president of finance and operations in support of the discovery and analytical sciences research operations at RTI International. He’ll be responsible for financial planning and analysis, including budgeting. More
  • Biotech Center CEO Norris Tolson meets with Triad business leaders at Ameritox campus in Greensboro. (Greensboro Partnership photo)
  • The North Carolina Biotechnology Center has issued $595,325 in Biotechnology Research Grants to eight scientists at seven institutions from Charlotte to the coast. The grants, providing a maximum of $75,000, support novel research projects at academic and non-profit research institutions. Scientists gather preliminary data that enable them to attract additional funding. Historically this program has leveraged $2.46 in additional funding for each $1 granted.
  • Small things are coming to Greensboro in a big package later this month Known as COMS 2011, the 16th annual Commercialization of Micro-Nano Systems international conference is an opportunity for people involved in nanotechnology commercialization to share ideas and make important connections. The event runs Sunday, August 28 through Thursday, August 31 at Greensboro’s Grandover Resort.
  • It’s been only four years since Agile Sciences spun out of North Carolina State University, but the young Raleigh biotech company is developing an international reputation as an up-and-coming scum-buster.
  • Four young Triangle life-science companies are among this year’s top-25 North Carolina “Companies to Watch” selection by CED, a Research Triangle entrepreneurial support organization. The selection includes:
  • The North Carolina Biotechnology Center has approved a four-year, $2.5 million grant to establish a Marine Biotechnology Center of Innovation (MBCOI) to accelerate development of commercial products from the state’s marine life using the tools of biotechnology.
  • Joellen Harper Austin, executive officer at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, moved to the Triangle from Maryland early this summer to become the associate director for management at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park. More
  • The North Carolina Biotechnology Center has awarded $1,378,772 in grants to six North Carolina universities in 2011 to boost biotechnology research. The 12 Institutional Development Grants (IDGs), matched at least 25 cents on the dollar by the universities, went to scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, North Carolina State University, East Carolina University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
  • Three physicians -- two in Greenville and one in Wilson -- recruited the highest number of patient/volunteers among 60 doctors’ offices nationwide participating in a cholesterol-therapy study conducted for Isis Pharmaceuticals Co. by Greenville-based site-specific contract research organization CTMG. More
  • The First Flight Venture Center (FFVC) in Research Triangle Park is accepting applications from life-science entrepreneurs who need a good place to start their business. FFVC has been incubating start-up companies for the past two decades, and has expanded its ability to help life science companies with the help of two Regional Development Grants from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.
  • Icagen has become the latest North Carolina pharmaceutical company to be taken over by a multinational. Pfizer and Icagen today announced plans to let the drug giant pay $6 a share, or $56 million, to buy the remaining shares of the Research Triangle Park-based company that it doesn’t already own.
  • Greenville-based contract research organization CTMG has opened a new Raleigh office and closed its Wilson office. More
  • Teacher Mark Case (left)  examines sea-life samples with Biotech Center Education & Training Program Director Bill Schy and Emily Schultz, daughter of Marine Lab scientist Tom Schultz. Emily assisted at the workshop.
  • Students across North Carolina are getting hands-on introductions to futures in biotechnology through $486,000 in North Carolina Biotechnology Center grants. The 12 Educational Enhancement Grants (EEGs) from the Biotechnology Center’s most recent round of awards, ranging from $6,000 to more than $85,000, include:
  • It’s now or … next year. If you’re a leader of a young life-science company, tomorrow, July 13, is the last day to submit your online application to strut your company’s investment-worthy stuff to targeted investors, VCs and potential partners at the 2011 SEBIO Investor Forum. The forum itself doesn’t happen until November 2 and 3 at Durham’s Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club. But the lineup of companies will be determined now.
  • Steven Nichtberger, M.D., has resigned as president, CEO and board member of Tengion, a Pennsylvania company commercializing regenerative medicine discoveries of Wake Forest University scientist Anthony Atala, M.D. More
  • Mark Phillips, Executive Director of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, Eastern Region, presents Roger Conner, Interim Director of Go-Science, sponsorship funds for STEM  (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathmatics summer camps. -Thomasyne Jefferson
  • Mark Phillips, Executive Director of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, Eastern Region, presents John Bray, Executive Director, A Time for Science, sponsorship funds to assist with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathmatics) Summer camps for the youth. -Thomasyne Jefferson

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