Life Sciences Economic Development Summit 2022

NCBiotech will host its Life Sciences Economic Development Summit in Durham, North Carolina. Don't miss this opportunity to network, learn about North Carolina's thriving life sciences sector, and explore opportunities for growth statewide in 2022 and beyond. 


8:00 a.m.     Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.     Welcome and NC Life Sciences Update 

A look at the trends and growth of North Carolina’s life sciences community over the past two years. 

  • Bill Bullock, senior vice president, economic development & statewide operations, NCBiotech 

8:45 a.m.     Contract Research:  A North Carolina Success Story  

Contract research is one of North Carolina’s strengths and BioAgilytix is a home-grown leader in the industry. In this fireside chat, Bill Bullock and Jim Datin discuss BioAgilytix’s evolution since its start in 2008, why the company is continuing to grow in North Carolina today, and how to support future success in contract research.

  • Jim Datin, CEO, BioAgilytix
  • Bill Bullock, senior vice president, economic development & statewide operations, NCBiotech 

9:00 a.m.     Holly Springs:  How This Town Became a Global Biomanufacturing Hub

In 2021, both FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies and Amgen announced plans to establish biomanufacturing sites in Holly Springs and create more than 1,000 jobs in the town. In the same year, Crescent Communities began developing the Yield, a new life sciences campus that will support future growth. Learn about Holly Springs’ journey to become a leading life sciences location.  

9:15 a.m.     Projects That Grow a Cluster:  Seeding Small-Company Growth

Recruitment of smaller companies and incremental growth play a critical role in strengthening the life sciences community statewide. Discover why today’s small company growth will be tomorrow’s success story. 

10:15 a.m.    Break

10:50 a.m.    Bio Jobs Hub

In partnership with WRAL, NCBiotech built the Bio Jobs Hub in 2020 as an online resource to raise awareness about life sciences careers in North Carolina. The site features success stories plus a wealth of information about available training programs and companies that are hiring to connect those companies with job seekers across the state.  

10:50 a.m.    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Workforce Development

Local life sciences leaders provide industry insights into why diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) is important to their success and share examples of effective partnerships and initiatives for promoting DE&I in North Carolina and beyond.  

  • Laura Rowley, Ph.D., vice president, life sciences economic development, NCBiotech (Moderator)
  • Joe Owen, RTP site human resources lead, Eli Lilly & Company
  • Joseph C Ruiz, Ph.D., president, Enzerna Biosciences
  • Mari Beth Tandy, executive director quality site head, Amgen

11:45 a.m.    Lunch

12:15 p.m.    Keynote:  North Carolina's Strategic Economic Development Plan and Life Sciences

Machelle Baker Sanders, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Commerce, native North Carolinian, and experienced biotech leader, shares more about the role of the life sciences industry in the statewide economic development plan.   

12:45 p.m.    Break

1:00 p.m.     Training Infrastructure:  Building a Foundation for Success

Access to talent is a top consideration for life sciences companies. Leaders from across the state share their ongoing efforts to expand dedicated training infrastructure and enhance their capacity and capability to meet the needs of life sciences employers.  

1:45 p.m.     Site Readiness:  Making Space for Life Sciences Expansions

Is it possible to make a site too ready? How ready is ready enough? This panel will share their insights on zoning, speculative buildings, water, and other considerations to meet the unique needs of life sciences users. 

2:30 p.m.     North Carolina's Gene and Cell Therapy Story

North Carolina is increasingly recognized as a leading hub for cell- and gene-based therapy. Explore North Carolina’s history as a pioneer in gene therapy, along with our current and future roles in the success of these life changing therapeutics.  

2:45 p.m.     Break

3:15 p.m.     Site Selection in the Life Sciences Industry

This panel of experienced site selection consultants will share their insights and impressions on North Carolina’s growing life sciences community.  

  • Chris Chung, CEO, EDPNC (Moderator)
  • Jay Biggins, executive managing director, BLS & Co.
  • Bob Hess, vice chairman, global strategy; vice chairman, global corporate, Newmark  
  • Chris Schwinden, senior vice president, Site Selection Group

4:15 p.m.     Writing the Next Chapter Together

Learn about the NC Life Sciences Alliance and your role in strengthening North Carolina’s life sciences brand. 

  • Denise Desatnick, vice president, marketing and research, EDPNC
  • Mary Hecht-Kissell, vice president, corporate communications, NCBiotech

4:30 p.m.     Reception


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Limited seating available. Register now.

More Information

To reserve your room at the 21c Museum Hotel, click here. This link will be available until March 19, 2022. As you make your reservations, please select "attendee" from the dropdown menu. 

Or contact the hotel's sales coordinator at 919-956-6714 or State that you will be attending the Life Science Economic Development Summit 2022 group for ease of booking.


21c Museum Hotel, 111 Corcoran Street, Durham, NC, 27701

$100 for early bird registration until Mar. 31; $125 for registration
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