Nancy Johnston

Nancy Johnston

Executive Director, Piedmont Triad Office

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Nancy Johnston joined the Biotechnology Center in May 2010 as executive director of the Piedmont Triad office, which the Center established in 2003 as the first of its six statewide locations. She’s an effective and results-driven community collaborator and communicator with more than 15 years of experience in technology economic development, business growth strategy and marketing communications in the life sciences, healthcare, non-profit and industry sectors. Her research park experience provides a unique perspective to the Triad, which boasts two such developments.

Johnston works to engage and educate community leaders about short- and long-term societal and economic benefits of strengthening biotechnology in the 12- county region, working closely with the Advisory Committee for Biotechnology in the Piedmont Triad. She connects needs with resources, promoting the Center’s core programs to help create an ecosystem conducive to biotechnology research, business, education and strategic policy.


Prior to joining the Center, Johnston provided leadership to Dixon Hughes, PLLC as its marketing manager for healthcare, the firm’s largest niche. She has held consulting and marketing communications/business development roles with Wake Forest University Health Sciences at the Piedmont Triad Research Park and  Brayton International, a Steelcase Inc. company. Johnston earned her M.A. in strategic communication with a dual degree in health communication and public relations from High Point University in 2015. She holds a B.A. in journalism with a concentration in public relations and marketing from Liberty University.

She serves on a variety of regional and statewide advisory boards and committees in support of STEM education, workforce training, entrepreneurship, and accelerating the commercialization of technology.

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