The Triad BioNight evening of spirit, awards, and recognition is held every few years in the Piedmont Triad. Triad BioNight attracts several hundred leaders from academia, industry, and government from the Piedmont Triad and across the state and features awards to celebrate biotechnology leadership in the region.
Triad BioNight 2019 Program (subject to change)
6:00 p.m. Opening Reception
6:50 p.m. Welcome
7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Opening Remarks and Keynote
8:10 p.m. Piedmont Triad Biotechnology Excellence Awards
8:40 p.m. NC Life Science Industry Update
8:55 p.m. Closing Remarks
(Closed) Submit Your Nomination for the Biotechnology Excellence Awards
Please nominate individuals or organizations using the form below for the following categories. Nominations are being sought for individuals or organizations in the Piedmont Triad region which includes Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin counties.
Award submissions are now closed.
Awarded to an individual or organization for excellent accomplishments in R&D. Excellence can be exemplified by elements of R&D capacity investment, external funding, significant knowledge/technology advances and peer or external recognition.
2017 Winner: Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine - Bioprinting Team
Awarded to an individual or organization for successful endeavors in commercial enterprise development. Excellence can be exemplified by enterprise innovation, business acumen, high growth, community commitment and being a role model for enterprises.
2017 Winner: Doug Pierce, Co-founder and President of Clinical Ink
Awarded to an individual or organization for excellent contributions to educational program development or enhancement of workforce skill development. Excellence can be exemplified by successful outcomes such as program enrollment, graduation rates, academic institutional recognition and sector leadership.
2017 Winner: Patricia H. Reggio, Ph.D, Marie Foscue Rourk Professsor; Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Awarded to an individual or organization exhibiting outstanding Leadership through partnerships, collaboration, regional thinking, vision and action driven objectives resulting in exemplary outcomes for the Piedmont biotechnology community.
2017 Winner: Eric Tomlinson, DSc, Ph.D., President, Wake Forest Innovation Quarter
Chief Innovation Officer, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Awarded to an individual or organization consistently providing outstanding support or service leadership to the biotechnology community.
2017 Winner: Catalyst Fund- $15 million technology development program Managed by Pappas Capital
Previous award winners
2005: Dr. Anthony Atala, director, Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and chair, Department of Urology, Wake Forest University Health Sciences
2007: Dr. Vincent Henrich, director of the Center for Biotechnology, Genomics and Health Research at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro
2009: Dr. Doug Hepler, chief scientific officer, Piedmont Pharmaceuticals
2012: Dr. Azeez Aileru, professor and director, Biomedical Research Infrastructure Center, Winston-Salem State University
2014: Dr. Ellie Fini, assistant professor at N.C. A&T State University
2005: Roland H. Johnson, president and CEO, Piedmont Pharmaceuticals
2007: Dr. Donald deBethizy, chief executive officer of Targacept
2009: Dr. Adnan Majalli, president/CEO of TransTech Pharma
2012: Jerry Barker, founder and CEO of Ocular Systems; 2014-Phil Shugart, founder and CEO of Carolina Liquid Chemistries
2005: Dr. Gary M. Green, president & Lucas Shallua, Ph.D., biotechnology program coordinator (former), Forsyth Technical Community College
2007: Dr. Edward Uprichard, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at UNC-Greensboro 2009: Dr. Donald Cameron, president, GTCC (retired)
2012: Bill Woodruff, biotechnology department head, Alamance Community College
2014: Wake Forest Startup Challenge Mentoring Team of Dr. Stan Mandel, Dr. Steve Susalka & Steve Virgil
2005: Gwyn Riddick, director, Piedmont Triad Office, North Carolina Biotechnology Center
2007: Office of Technology Asset Management, Wake Forest University (Michael Batalia and his staff)
2009: Bill Dean, (previous winner of 2005, Biotechnology Service and Support Excellence)
2012: Ed Kitchen, vice president, Joseph M. Bryan Foundation
2014: Gayle Anderson, CEO of the Greater Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce
2005: Bill Dean, president, Piedmont Triad Research Park
2007: Russ Read, executive director for the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce
2009: Tim Janke, fund director, Inception Micro Angel Fund (IMAF)
2012: John Merrill, executive director, Gateway University Research Park
2014: Randy Pool, managing principal at Stantec
2019 Triad BioNight Awards Committee
Awards Chair: Amanda Wright, vice president of partnership development, Javara Research and Executive Director, Greater Gift (Awards committee member for Triad BioNight 2017)
Connie Cwik, RAC, owner, Cwik Business Connections
Stephanie Dance-Barnes, Ph.D., Interim Associate Provost and Dean University College and Lifelong Learning and Associate Professor of Biology, Winston Salem State University
Gary Graham, president, Graham Personnel Services
Pattie Kushner, VP, Global Corporate Communications and Brand at LabCorp
Kim Littlefield, Ph.D., Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement, UNC Greensboro
Crystal Morphis, CEcD, Founder and CEO, Creative Economic Development Consulting
Shelley Olds, senior manager, communications and community engagement, Syngenta
James Patterson, director, marketing & communications, Wake Forest Innovations & Wake Forest Innovation Quarter
Russ Read (past award winner), CPP(LERN), executive director, National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce at Forsyth Tech, Winston-Salem
Malay Shah, MBA Director, VentureSouth, Piedmont Triad
Daniel Yohannes, Ph.D., MBA, Yohannes Life Science Consulting, LLC
The NCBiotech Piedmont Triad Office is an organizing host for this event along with the Advisory Committee for Biotechnology in the Piedmont Triad. This community volunteer-led event continues to attract strong sponsorships and high-level keynote speakers.
Please see the Sponsorship tab for sponsorship information and opportunities.
Contact Nancy Johnston for sponsorship opportunities.
2019 Keynote Speaker
President, Syngenta Seeds LLC and North American Region Director
David Hollinrake leads Syngenta’s seed business in North America, with a focus on meeting the needs of customers and helping deliver top genetics, traits and agronomic support.
Prior to joining Syngenta in 2017, David served as Vice President of North America Marketing and Portfolio Management for Bayer CropScience LP, where he led the company’s 10-year business strategy and the reorganization of its U.S. marketing and portfolio teams.
During his 25 years in the industry, David has managed high-performing global and regional teams. His areas of expertise include strategic planning, value creation, organizational development, product planning, business development, sales management and marketing management.
David was raised on a corn and soybean farm in Illinois. This is where his passion for agriculture was ignited. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and he earned his MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.
David has served on the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity educational foundation board since 2014. In his free time, David enjoys spending time with family, playing golf and following his two favorite sports teams – the Illinois Fighting Illini and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Previous keynote speakers include:
2012: Robert (Bob) A. Ingram, general partner of Hatteras Venture Partners
2014: E.J. (Ned) Holland, Jr., assistant secretary for US Department of Health & Human Services
2017: Dave King, Chairman and CEO, Lab Corp
Please contact Nancy Johnston for sponsorship questions.
Thank you to the following sponsors.
General Reception Sponsor*
*featuring craft beers compliments of Foothills Brewing
Dinner Wine Sponsor
Alamance Community College
Carolina Liquid Chemistries
Forsyth Technical Community College
Gateway University Research Park & JSNN
High Point University
Javara Research Inc.
Life Sciences Exchange Group w/Venture Café
National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce
NC A & T State University
NC Biotech-Piedmont Triad, TBN Events Team
NCBiotech-Piedmont Triad, TBN Events Team
Novex Innovations LLP
Patti Church, Broker, REALTOR, BHHS Carolinas
Piedmont Animal Health
Wake Forest Innovations
WSSU, Dept. of Biological Services Life Sciences
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