Monday, November 29, 2010

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Frameworks! A Monthly Seminar and Networking Series

Tuesday, November 30th @7:30am

Who: Anyone interested in entrepreneurship, considering commercializing new ideas, planning a new venture, working in a startup, developing new initiatives at larger companies, interested in exploring the potential of ideas with others, or improving their entrepreneurial and commercialization skills.

What: A monthly educational and networking series organized by the Wake Forest University New Venture Incubator. There is no charge to attend Frameworks! seminars. Refreshments will be served. This month, we welcome:

$16 Million Ways To Become Unemployed... For A Day!

Garald Cottrell, President and General Manager
Wellons Energy Solutions LLC

When: Tuesday, November 30th at 7:30am (note the AM)

Where: Auditorium, Piedmont Triad Community Research Center, 115 S. Chestnut St., Winston-Salem NC Google Map Directions

Parking: Metered, street parking is available along Chestnut Street. For free parking, go to the end of Chestnut Street. Turn left on Technology Way. Travel about a block down and take the last entrance into the parking lot on the right. Park to the left, in a gravel area at the far end of the large parking lot.

If you plan to attend, please email Betsy Kraft at and let her know that you will be coming so the correct amount of food can be ordered.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Winston-Salem Ranks in Top 10 Digital Communities

For the ninth year in a row, Winston-Salem has made the top ten rankings of local governments that successfully incorporate information technology into operations to better serve constituents and businesses. Winston-Salem ranked 5th in 2010, behind Richmond,VA, Salt Lake City, UT, Norfolk, VA, and Irving, TX.

"This year's winners continue to demonstrate the transformative power of information technology," said Digital Communities Director Todd Sander. "Economic conditions are bringing about a fundamental rethinking of local government structures and support strategies. It is clear from the results that digital technology is a critical factor in helping organizations not only maintain, but actually improve service delivery when faced with fewer employees and smaller budgets

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Targacept CEO: Clinical trials offer promising Alzheimer's treatments

Targacept a Winston-Salem biopharmaceutical company is in clinical trials of several drugs to combat Alzheimer’s disease, and hopes to have one or more market-ready in three to four years, according to its president and CEO.

Read the full article in the Winston-Salem Journal

Monday, November 22, 2010

Toyota System Measures Head Trauma for WFU

Identifying and diagnosing sports concussions quicker is at the heart of a collaborative effort between local biomedical researchers and Toyota Motor Corp.

The Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University Center for Injury Biomechanics has licensed the Total Human Model for Safety software from Toyota as a new strategy for studying head injuries involving football players.

With that knowledge, officials hope to learn how to help prevent and treat head injuries, and perhaps help create safer helmets for all level of players.

Read more here.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Facebook to build data center in N.C.

Yesterday Facebook announced they will be building a $450 million data center in Rutherford County.

They join the likes of IBM, Apple and Google in bringing advance data center facilities to the Tar Heel State.

Read the full story here

Thursday, November 4, 2010

2010 Cook Medical Innovation Award

Cook Medical has awarded the Center for Injury Biomechanics, a collaboration between Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Virginia Tech College of Engineering, the 2010 Cook Medical Innovation Award. The Center for Injury Biomechanics was one of five finalists considered for developing a product, procedure or concept that represents an elegantly simple solution to a complex problem, benefits society, positively affects the marketplace and demonstrates a high degree of creativity.

“We are pleased to honor the Center for Injury Biomechanics for its contributions to pediatric surgery,” says William S. Gibbons, Ph.D., president of Cook Medical’s Endoscopy division. “As all of the applicants and finalists demonstrated, there is significant work being done in our local community each day, and the Cook Medical Innovation Award is an opportunity to recognize these contributions.”

The Center for Injury Biomechanics has developed the innovative use of patient-specific, three-dimensional models for advanced planning and performance of complex pediatric surgical cases. The use of this rapid prototype technology has reduced procedure times, patient complications and has also reduced the time infants are under anesthesia. For patients who undergo surgery for complex pediatric spinal deformities, 3-D modeling allows surgeons to thoroughly plan the procedure and understand the complex anatomy ahead of time.

The award was presented at the chamber’s Annual Meeting on October 19, 2010, and the finalists were evaluated by a judging panel comprised of leaders in the community. The judges selected five finalists, who presented their innovations to the panel at Cook Medical in person. The other finalists were Arctic, Bekaert Textiles, BioBotz and Spevco. Nominees were not required to be members of the chamber to participate.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Cooler Light Source Saves Money, Saves the Planet

A spin-off company from Wake Forest, PureLux Inc uses nanotechnology to produce visible light directly without heating a filament or gas. Unlike other new lighting solutions such as compact fluorescents, PureLux technology requires no warm-up period – it’s bright as soon as you turn it on. “If you have a lighting source that does not create heat as a byproduct and can illuminate a space as well as or better than any other solution, think about how much it can lower costs – and environmental impact – in every office building,” David Carroll, the lead researcher for Purelux and Director of the Center of Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials said.

Lunch and Learn Series Will be Eye Opening

Ocular Systems, Inc, will present "Stick it in Your Eye" as part of Piedmont Triad Research Park's lunch and learn series.

When: November 17, 2010
Where: PTRC Auditorium at Piedmont Triad Research Park
Contact: Jill Peters for more information:
336 713 7154

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

SciTech Lecture Series: November 15th, 2010

Forsyth Tech Community College and the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce present in celebration of Forsyth Tech's 50th Anniversary, the SciTech Lecture Series.

Steven Burke, CEO of the Biofuels Center of North Carolina will speak on: "Biofuels Across the Landscape: Vision, Challenge, and Change".

This lecture is free and open to the public and will be held on Forsyth Tech's Main Campus in the Ardmore Auditorium at 4 P.M., November 15th, 2010.

Hear scientists, researchers and industry thought leaders explore how science and technology are combining to change our world.

For further information please contact Mona Cofer or call her at 336.734.7205.

Pediatric Medical Device Conference

The first PMDI Consortium Conference is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, November 18-19. PMDI Consortium members, Brenner Children's Hospital and the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma will be hosting the conference at the Hawthorne Inn and Conference Center in Winston-Salem. Download a flyer and conference schedule here, and register for the conference here.