Triad BioNight 2014 Set for May 21
North Carolina fans of the life sciences will be joined in the Piedmont Triad by some national leaders on May 21 for the 2014 celebration of the biannual Triad BioNight.
Representatives of the Piedmont Triad Office of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and the Advisory Committee for Biotechnology in the Piedmont Triad have set the date and announced the event’s co-chairs, team leaders and awards committee.
The keynote speaker will be E.J. Holland, assistant secretary for Administration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Co-chairs for Triad BioNight will be Tim Doran, global vice president of sales and marketing for Solutex (North America), and Lisa Goble, Ph.D., licensing & research policy officer with the Office of Innovation Commercialization at UNC Greensboro.
Triad BioNight, to be held this year at the Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons, celebrates the success and impact of the life sciences in the region. The event typically attracts several hundred leaders from academia, industry and government from across the state.
Goble, who served as the awards committee chair at the last BioNight in 2012, brings a unique perspective to the event. “This event is clearly important to promote the impact and raise awareness of biotechnology in the Piedmont Triad,” she said.
Doran agreed. “Triad BioNight provides an excellent catalyst to share success stories and also encourage other innovative firms to bring operations here.”
The event remains a successful initiative of the Advisory Committee for Biotechnology in the Piedmont Triad, orchestrated with regional volunteers in collaboration with NCBiotech’s Piedmont Triad office. Triad BioNight 2014 will reflect on the 10-year anniversary of the regional office and focus on what it
will take to keep the region moving forward in the innovation economy.
“Attendance has grown every time we’ve had the event,” said Karen Hicks, chair of the Advisory Committee for Biotechnology in the Piedmont Triad, “and the quality of our award winners speaks to the number of exciting things going on in biotech in the Triad.”
Nancy Johnston, executive director of the Center’s Piedmont Triad Office, added, “This event truly signifies the growth of biotechnology, the leadership of our advisory committee and the dedication of many valued volunteers in our community.”
Joining Doran and Goble as team leaders and awards committee members are:
- Awards: Steve Susalka, Ph.D., associate director, commercialization, Wake Forest Innovations and associate director, Wake Forest School of Medicine Office of Technology Asset Management
- Hospitality: Bob Haack, consultant for Biotechnology & Life Sciences Strategic Planning
- Logistics: Kathleen Patterson, assistant director, North Carolina Center for Global Logistics
- Public Relations: Matt Harrington, senior digital editor, Pace Communications
- Registration (organizing host): Greensboro Chamber of Commerce –Annie Tyson Jett, vice president, small business
- Sponsorship: Cindy Rothschild, Ph.D., partner, attorney at law, Kilpatrick Townsend
Awards Committee Members:
- Susalka (committee chair)
- Azeez Aileru, Ph.D., director of the Biomedical Research Infrastructure Center, Winston-Salem State University (past award winner)
- Jerry Barker, president and founder, Ocular Systems Inc. (past award winner)
- Terry Bralley, president of Davie County Economic Development
- Daniel Erb, PT, Ph.D., dean of the School of Health Sciences and professor of physical therapy, High Point University
- Roger Gordon, Ph.D., board advisor to CertiRx
- Andrew Hebard, president and CEO, Technology Crops International
- Gwyn Riddick, MBA, consultant,, agricultural biotechnology for NCBiotech and founding director of the Center’s Piedmont Triad Office
- Rosemary Wander, Ph.D., consultant and first advisory committee chair for the Center’s Piedmont Triad Office
- Mark Wells, executive director of the Rockingham County Business & Technology Center
- Millie Worku, Ph.D., associate professor and biotechnologist at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University