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.

The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) is leading a $20 million effort to apply advanced manufacturing techniques that can speed the regenerative medicine process for creating replacement tissues and organs.

Shengmin Sang, Ph.D., associate professor and lead scientist in the Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies ​at NCA&T labs at the NCRC in Kannapolis, has parlayed early grant support from NCBiotech into growing scientific and commercial recognition.

Five of the Piedmont Triad region’s most successful individuals and organizations working in the biosciences have been honored with 2017 Excellence Awards at Triad BioNight, a biennial celebration of the region’s life science sector organized by the Piedmont Triad Office of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.

The newly published 2016 Evidence and Opportunity: Impact of Life Sciences in North Carolina says the state now has over 650 life science companies that directly employ 63,000 people and account for 260,000 jobs overall, providing $2.2 billion in state and local tax revenues and $86 billion in total economic impact.

Last week we announced that RTP’s own UVision360 Hysteroscopy Systems was competing in the MD+DI annual Medtech Startup Showdown. With the support of our scientific community, UVision has made it to Round 2.

Shengmin Sang, Ph.D., associate professor and lead scientist in the Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, was awarded the inaugural Innovation for Impact $11,000 Grand Prize Thursday night, March 30, for his research to prevent colon cancer by pairing the classic wonder drug aspirin with an active ingredient in ginger.

Wilmington-based contract research organization Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD) has launched a clinical research associates apprenticeship program targeted at military veterans with medical backgrounds.

TransEnterix, a Morrisville medical device company that uses robotics to improve minimally invasive surgery, has expanded the clinical adoption of its Senhance Robotic Surgical System to include a full range of hernia repairs.

Humacyte, a Research Triangle Park-based biotechnology company focused on regenerative medicine, has won one of the first Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy (RMAT) designations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

RTP's UVision 360 has been chosen by Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry (MD+DI), a print and online magazine, to participate in its annual Medtech Startup Showdown. North Carolina's life science and technology community can ensure one of our own makes it to Round 2 by voting now.

Five research scientists from three North Carolina universities are finalists in the inaugural Innovation for Impact Prize competition, co-sponsored by SoBran Bioscience and the Piedmont Triad Office of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.

A UNC Asheville chemistry professor who received a $100,000 grant from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center has matched the funding and received a major honor in the process.

Heat Biologics (Nasdaq:HTBX) has reported early positive results in a Phase 2 trial of its immunotherapy lung cancer treatment.

Durham-based Qualyst Transporter Systems (QTS) has launched a new test that can steer drug developers away from compounds that could cause liver damage.

Bioventus, a Durham-based orthobiologics company, says it will commission a series of clinical studies to further validate the ability of its EXOGEN Ultrasound Bone Healing System to lessen the risk of a fracture not healing properly in the presence of known risk factors.