LaunchBio Plans Monthly Life Science Programs in 2018
LaunchBio, a national nonprofit organization that connects entrepreneurs with knowledge, capital and talent in leading life science hubs, will sponsor monthly networking programs in Durham beginning in the new year.
The programs, called Larger Than Life Science, will be free and open to anyone interested in life science and health care innovation in North Carolina, LaunchBio said in a news release. Participants can choose from practical workshops, industry partnering sessions, networking, meetings with investors, panel discussions, office hours and fun activities.
“We hope that everyone who comes to Larger Than Life Science – entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, techies, pharma partners, executives in transition, service providers, support organizations and the simply curious – will leave with some new friends and the fuel for their next big breakthrough,” said Joan Siefert Rose, LaunchBio’s chief executive officer. “We want to create the environment for surprising, unconventional conversations.”
Starting Jan. 4, the events will be held on the first Thursday of each month from 4 to 7 p.m. in the newly renovated Chesterfield Building at 701 W. Main Street in downtown Durham. The venue was previously a Liggett & Myers cigarette factory for half a century and now hosts BioLabs North Carolina, a co-working space for life science startup companies and a partner of LaunchBio.
The monthly programs will draw on LaunchBio’s network of national resources, as well as partnerships with local entrepreneurial support organizations, including local breweries that will serve craft beers.
Larger Than Life Science is sponsored by Hutchison PLLC, Michael Best and CSC Leasing. Event partners include BioLabs North Carolina, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, the North Carolina Biosciences Organization (NCBIO), Digital Health in the Triangle, MEDIC-NC, and the American Underground.
LaunchBio was started in 2016 with the support of BioInnovation Labs, a network of co-working spaces designed and run by life science entrepreneurs. Launch Bio focuses on life science communities where some of the co-working spaces are located: Cambridge, Mass; San Diego; the San Francisco Bay area and North Carolina’s Research Triangle region.
LaunchBio identifies, counsels and supports high-growth, high-impact life science and biotechnology companies, and its mission is to build an ecosystem of innovation for the benefit of human health and well-being.
Rose became CEO of LaunchBio after eight years as president and CEO of the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) in Research Triangle Park. Previously she was general manager of WUNC-FM, the public radio service of the University of North Carolina, for seven years.