Biotech Night at Venture Cafe′

Dr. Anthony Atala, director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine, will be sharing some of the amazing advancements in regenerative medicine.

Atala led the team that developed the first lab-grown organ. His research team directs a major federally funded multi-university research project to develop new strategies for healing wounded warriors.

Read more about Dr. Atala.

The Venture Café evening will also feature information about The Dioko Fund and The Biotechnology Workforce.

See the event flyer.


5pm - 6pm - Conversation + Community Building with free wine and beer. A short intro from Nancy Johnston of NCBiotech and announcements from Venture Café.

6pm - 6:50pm -  Dr. Anthony Atala speaks

7pm - 7:50pm - Two sessions taking place: The Dioko Fund and National Center for Biotechnology Workforce (People choose which one to attend.)

  • The Dioko Fund will have Tom Hearn, partner at Dioko Ventures, speaking as they target early-stage investment opportunities with a focus on healthcare & technology
  • Nancy Johnston, executive director of the NCBiotech Piedmont Triad Office, will lead a panel discussion on getting the Triad’s workforce ready for health care and biotechnology jobs.

    Panelists include:
    • Luke Burnett, Ph.D. – Chief Scientific Officer, Keranetics
    • Mary Russell, Ed.D.– Training Specialist, Cook Medical
    • Jessica Gluck, Ph.D. – Research Scientist, Precise Bio.
    • Russ Read – Executive Director, National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce
    • Cheryl Burrell, Ph.D. – Chair, Biotechnology Department, Forsyth Tech
    • Joan Schanck M.P.A.– Academic Research Program Officer, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine
    • Terry Howerton – Biotechnology Coordinator, Atkins Academic & Technology High School
  • 8pm - Closing


Get directions to Wake Forest Biotech Place.


Wake Forest Innovation Quarter
Biotech Place Atrium
575 Patterson Ave.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

(336) 716-8672