Triad BioNight 2019

The Triad BioNight evening of spirit, awards, and recognition is held every few years in the Piedmont Triad. Triad BioNight attracts several hundred leaders from academia, industry, and government from the Piedmont Triad and across the state and features awards to celebrate biotechnology leadership in the region.

Attire: Business

Triad BioNight 2019 Program (subject to change)

6:00 p.m.             Opening Reception

6:50 p.m.             Welcome

7:00 p.m.             Dinner

7:30 p.m.             Opening Remarks and Keynote

8:10 p.m.             Piedmont Triad Biotechnology Excellence Awards

8:40 p.m.             NC Life Science Industry Update

8:55 p.m.             Closing Remarks


(Closed) Submit Your Nomination for the Biotechnology Excellence Awards

Please nominate individuals or organizations using the form below for the following categories. Nominations are being sought for individuals or organizations in the Piedmont Triad region which includes Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin counties.

Award submissions are now closed.

Previous award winners

2019 Triad BioNight Awards Committee

Awards Chair: Amanda Wright, vice president of partnership development, Javara Research and Executive Director, Greater Gift (Awards committee member for Triad BioNight 2017)

Connie Cwik, RAC, owner, Cwik Business Connections

Stephanie Dance-Barnes, Ph.D., Interim Associate Provost and Dean University College and Lifelong Learning and Associate Professor of Biology, Winston Salem State University

Gary Graham, president, Graham Personnel Services

Pattie Kushner, VP, Global Corporate Communications and Brand at LabCorp

Kim Littlefield, Ph.D., Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement, UNC Greensboro

Crystal Morphis, CEcD, Founder and CEO, Creative Economic Development Consulting

Shelley Olds, senior manager, communications and community engagement, Syngenta

James Patterson, director, marketing & communications, Wake Forest Innovations & Wake Forest Innovation Quarter

Russ Read (past award winner), CPP(LERN), executive director, National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce at Forsyth Tech, Winston-Salem

Malay Shah, MBA Director, VentureSouth, Piedmont Triad

Daniel Yohannes, Ph.D., MBA, Yohannes Life Science Consulting, LLC

Learn more about these esteemed committee members.


More Information

The NCBiotech Piedmont Triad Office is an organizing host for this event along with the Advisory Committee for Biotechnology in the Piedmont Triad. This community volunteer-led event continues to attract strong sponsorships and high-level keynote speakers.

Please see the Sponsorship tab for sponsorship information and opportunities.

Contact Nancy Johnston for sponsorship opportunities.



2019 Keynote Speaker

David Hollinrake, President, Syngenta Seeds LLC

David Hollinrake
President, Syngenta Seeds LLC and North American Region Director

David Hollinrake leads Syngenta’s seed business in North America, with a focus on meeting the needs of customers and helping deliver top genetics, traits and agronomic support.

Prior to joining Syngenta in 2017, David served as Vice President of North America Marketing and Portfolio Management for Bayer CropScience LP, where he led the company’s 10-year business strategy and the reorganization of its U.S. marketing and portfolio teams.

During his 25 years in the industry, David has managed high-performing global and regional teams. His areas of expertise include strategic planning, value creation, organizational development, product planning, business development, sales management and marketing management.

David was raised on a corn and soybean farm in Illinois.  This is where his passion for agriculture was ignited. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and he earned his MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.

David has served on the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity educational foundation board since 2014. In his free time, David enjoys spending time with family, playing golf and following his two favorite sports teams – the Illinois Fighting Illini and the St. Louis Cardinals.


Previous keynote speakers include:

2012: Robert (Bob) A. Ingram, general partner of Hatteras Venture Partners
2014: E.J. (Ned) Holland, Jr., assistant secretary for US Department of Health & Human Services
2017: Dave King, Chairman and CEO, Lab Corp


Please contact Nancy Johnston for sponsorship questions.

Thank you to the following sponsors.



Kilpatrick Townsend and Stockton LLP


General Reception Sponsor*


*featuring craft beers compliments of Foothills Brewing



LabCorp logo


Pinnacle Financial Partners logo




ENCO Pharma




Guilford Technical Community College




Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP



Fox Rothschild logo



University North Carolina Greensboro


Duke Energy logo



Cook Medical



Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine



McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert and Bergoff LLP







Chamber logo


Dinner Wine Sponsor


Raylen Vineyards


Media Sponsor


Triad Business Journal


Table Sponsors

Alamance Community College
Carolina Biological
Carolina Liquid Chemistries
Forsyth Technical Community College
Gateway University Research Park & JSNN
High Point University
Javara Research Inc. 
Life Sciences Exchange Group w/Venture Café
National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce
NC A & T State University
NC Biotech-Piedmont Triad,  TBN Events Team
NCBiotech-Piedmont Triad,  TBN Events Team
NCBiotech-Corporate Communications
NCBiotech-Statewide Operations
Novex Innovations LLP
Patti Church, Broker, REALTOR, BHHS Carolinas
Piedmont Animal Health
vTv Therapeutics
Wake Forest Innovations
WSSU, Dept. of Biological Services Life Sciences



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1000 Club Rd
Greensboro, NC 27407

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