SE BIO Web Site Set; Biz Competition Deadline March 30

Southeast BIO (SE BIO), the nonprofit organization supporting growth of the life sciences in the Southeast, has launched Southeast BIOtech Connect, an interactive database that outlines more than 1,200 biotech companies and centers throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia.

The launch of Southeast BIOtech Connect coincides with the fact that the 2009 BIO International Convention is being held this year in the Southeast -- in Atlanta, May 18 to 21, sponsored by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).

The database helps BIO attendees schedule facility visits before and after their visit to Atlanta. "The North Carolina Biotech Center often receives visit requests around the annual BIO convention," said Ken Tindall, senior vice president for science and business development at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and the chair of SE BIO's State Biotech Partnership committee.

"In the past three years, we have arranged numerous meetings in North Carolina at the request of international visitors attending the convention. The Biotechnology Center welcomes SE BIO Connect as a tool to facilitate making important business and partnership connections in the state."

Tindall also encouraged biotech start-ups throughout the state to enter the 2009 SE BIO/Plan Competition before the March 30 registration deadline.

SEBIO developed the SE BIO/Plan Competition as a year-long program to promote the creation of new, fundable life science companies based in the Southeast. Working with university technology transfer offices and entrepreneurs throughout the region, the competition brings forward opportunities from leading Southeastern research universities and research centers.

Durham-based Cerene Biomedics, a Duke University spin-out company developing a tiny implantable medical device to prevent epileptic seizures, beat out three other startups to collect the $100,000 top prize at last year's second annual SEBIO/Plan Competition, which was held in Palm Beach, Florida.

Click here to read about the SE BIO/Plan Competition and Southeast BIOtech Connect.

Fri, 03/20/2009 - 04:00