SoBran, NCBiotech Sponsor Contest for Life Science Researchers

-- Courtesy of SoBran

How will your research heal, fuel or feed the world one day?

That’s the $11,000 question being asked by Greensboro’s newest life science company, SoBran Bioscience, in partnership with the Piedmont Triad Office of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.

As announced in February 2016, SoBran, a 500-employee privately held contract research organization headquartered in Fairfax, Va., has opened a new animal care and research facility in partnership with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

As part of the opening celebration, SoBran and NCBiotech are co-sponsoring the Innovation for Impact Prize contest for researchers at North Carolina academic institutions and emerging companies – those with fewer than 50 employees and annual revenue under $10 million.

Entrants have until October 1, 2016 to submit brief confidential descriptions of their research, how it will impact the world, and how the prize can help them reach a decision faster.

Judges from SoBran and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center will select the finalists based on their level of innovation and the potential impact of the research.

“We are most proud to have been so warmly welcomed into the North Carolina life sciences community and be able to provide support for your researchers,” said Amos Otis, SoBran’s founder, president and CEO, in announcing the innovation challenge.

The grand prize is $1,000 in cash and a free preclinical research study from SoBran valued up to $10,000. Four runners-up will each get $500 cash prizes. Winners will be announced at the NCBiotech-sponsored Triad BioNight on March 30, 2017. Triad BioNight is a gala held every other year to celebrate the region's life science sector growth.

"We are honored that SoBran has chosen to locate this important facility here on the north campus of Gateway University Research Park," said Nancy Johnston, executive director of the NCBiotech Piedmont Triad Office. "This prize contest gives us a great opportunity to celebrate not only this new partnership, but also to spotlight some of the most exciting life science breakthroughs coming out of the Piedmont Triad and across the state. This competition has the potential to help identify and advance this novel research, recognizing and encouraging the commercialization of technologies that can benefit from access to a preclinical study."

Details and the online entry form are on the SoBran Innovation for Impact web page.

For questions or more information, contact:
Jim Shamp
Director of Public Relations Corporate Communications 919-549-8889 | jim_shamp@ncbiotech.org

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