NCBiotech News

We work hard to bring you the stories about the life science community in North Carolina. Every once in a while, we add a little news of our own. Read some of those stories below, or check out some of our perspectives on our staff blog.

Biogen's new GBS facility in RTP
Even though Biogen’s headquarters are in the Boston suburb of Cambridge, the global biopharmaceutical company’s ethos of community reinvestment continues to enrich North Carolina. That was again evident this week when Biogen marked the opening of its first-ever Global Business Services (GBS) Center by announcing the addition of 150 new, local jobs during the next two years.
Two dozen bioscience companies that previously received loans from the Biotech Center raised about $115 million in follow-on funding from other sources in the last two quarters, according to research by the Biotech Center’s Life Science Intelligence staff.
Grants- Loans awarded
The North Carolina Biotechnology Center awarded 44 grants and loans totaling $2.65 million to universities, bioscience companies and other organizations in the second and third quarters of its fiscal year.
Ag Showcase panelists discuss the need for due diligence
While presentations by ag bio startup companies highlighted the North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s recent Crop, Animal and Food Tech Showcase, two panels also provided food for thought.
Laura Lee and Scott Propheter during the Beyond the Megacluster panel

The Life Science Economic Development Summit
On Monday, April 30, economic developers, educators and elected officials from across the state gathered in downtown Raleigh to discuss attracting and growing the life science industry in North Carolina. Hot topics at this year’s Life Science and Economic Development Summit included:
•    How the state can attract life science companies to rural parts of the state
•    What companies need when they launch or relocate their business 

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Two speakers at this week's NCBiotech Ag Biotech Professional Forum described how their companies are harnessing peptides and metabolites to boost the innate immune response in plants.
Workforce Launch

The Johnston County Workforce Center (JCWC) will be getting a $1.3 million renovation. Upgrades will support the skills needed with the expansions being done at Grifols and Novo Nordisk to name a few.

Since the center’s grand opening in 2005, it has been a model for life sciences training and development centers in North Carolina. The updates being done will help keep up with the emerging opportunities in the life science field.

A Missouri startup with a smartphone-enabled platform for on-site microbiology testing won the $10,000 first prize at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s Crop, Animal, and Food Tech Showcase. 
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Asklepios BioPharmaceutical (AskBio), a gene therapy platform company based in Chapel Hill, has spun out its fourth company, Actus Therapeutics, to develop gene therapies for rare genetic diseases including Pompe disease and epilepsy.
NCSU Plant Sciences Research Complex rendering
When North Carolina State University leaders asked, “What can we be best at,” agriculture research and innovation was a compelling answer. And it will start taking physical form later this year as the Plant Sciences Research Complex, part of the state's new Plant Sciences Initiative (PSI).
Insect sandwich
Why is the U.S. Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) interested in agriculture? 
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North Carolina entrepreneurs looking to validate and advance their business startup ideas are being encouraged to apply now through May 14 for NC IDEA’s new “no strings attached” SEED Micro-Grant Pilot Program.
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Morrisville-based Metabolon, a metabolomics company, will analyze biomarkers of wellness and disease in U.S. veterans through the Million Veteran Program (MVP) of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
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Worldwide Clinical Trials of Morrisville has formed a strategic alliance with KinderPharm of Exton, Pa., to create what the two clinical research organizations (CROs) are calling the world’s first center of excellence for pediatric drug development and clinical research for the pharmaceutical industry.
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Cambrex Corp., a contract manufacturer of small molecules and active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) for drug clinical trials, is expanding again in High Point to meet growing business demand for its services.