Friday, April 27, 2012

Seminar: U.S. Patent Laws Affect Business Strategy

Understanding How the New U.S. Patent Laws Affect Business Strategy for Emerging Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, and Medical Device Companies

With the “America Invents Act” and new U.S. patent laws now in effect or being implemented over the next year, emerging pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical devices companies are asking what are the implications of the changes and how do we adapt?

During the seminar, attendees will gain insight on building a business and patent portfolio strategy that responds to the new first-to-file patent system. Additionally, attendees will learn about the potential advantages under the new patent laws with regard to maintaining certain information as trade secrets.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, RTP.

For further information and registration, please click here.

China-Bioscience Connect


Friday, May 4th, 2012 at the Benton Convention Center, Winston-Salem, NC.

Shepherd Research and Twin City Alliance are proud to present a conference on building business relationships between the U.S.A. and China.

The mission of this conference is to assist in understanding how best to do business between China and the U.S.A. It will feature many speakers working internationally in the field of Bioscience, as well as general business practice.

For more details and to register for this conference click here.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

PTP NEXT at Wake Forest Biotech Place

PTP NEXT at Wake Forest Biotech Place with Jud Bowman, MIT's "World's Top 100 Young Innovators" Celebrate the Piedmont Triad Region's innovation community with PTP NEXT and the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. This program and reception will honor the PTP NEXT Spring 2012 Business Competition semi-finalists. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Come and network with PTP NEXT applicants and other members of the innovation community. The keynote speaker will be Jud Bowman, founder and CEO of Appia, the largest cross platform, open app marketplace in the world. Jud has been named as one of the world's "Top 100 Young Innovators" by MIT's Technology Review and one of "Tech's Best Young Entrepreneurs" by BusinessWeek. Wake Forest Biotech Place, 575 N. Patterson Ave. Winston-Salem, May 1, 5:30-7:30PM. Cost: $10.00. Visit to register.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Wake Forest University and Hanes Magnet School students team up to test underwater robots

This weekend, the pool in Reynolds Gymnasium will be filled with underwater robots built by students at Hanes Magnet School, thanks to a partnership with the Society of Physics Students at Wake Forest University through SeaPerch, a national program sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research. For the past three months, Wake Forest physics students and faculty have visited Hanes weekly to teach sixth through eighth grade students about robotics, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) while building an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). On Saturday, April 28 at 9:00 a.m., four teams will put their ROVs to the test as part of the highly visual SeaPerch Challenge in the pool on campus. Students will put their robots through a series of challenges to demonstrate learned physical concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications.

Carolina Liquid Chemistries launching new blood analyzer

Carolina Liquid Chemistries is launching the first product from its new headquarters located at the Piedmont Triad Research Park's Wake Forest Biotech Place building. The device, called the CLC 720, is a chemistry analyzer that can process 100 different blood chemistry tests for such things as glucose or cholesterol levels or drug abuse. The system received FDA clearance in March and is the second chemistry analyzer that Carolina Liquid Chemistries has developed in the research park. “This chemistry analyzer is the first in its class to be designed since the 1990s,” said Phil Shugart, President of Carolina Liquid Chemistries. Read More.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Technology Series Returns May 22 at Biotech Place

The Chamber's Technology and Innovation Series returns with an exciting opportunity for you to visit and learn about Biotech Place, the newest building in the Piedmont Triad Research Park. Join us on May 22 at 9:00am and hear from an outstanding panel of experts who will be discussing how this building and PTRP’s future plans complement Greensboro’s Gateway University Research Park and additional efforts across North Carolina. This event is free and open to the public, though registration is required. Learn more and register.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Jeff Schmidt (Wake Health, director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative) and Will Partin (Wexford Science+Technology) will guide us through the first phase of programs, services, and facilities. Learn about a growing "eco-system" of commercialization and the possibilities and potential that await you.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Wake Forest Biotech Place (new location)
575 N Patterson Ave., Winston-Salem, NC 27101

For 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.

Frameworks is a monthly educational and networking series organized by the Wake Forest University New Venture Incubator. Free.

Monday, April 16, 2012

NanoMedica puts the focus on low-cost drug research

NanoMedica Inc. represents a poster child — albeit a small one — for the potential of Piedmont Triad Research Park attracting nonlocal life-science research companies.

The company, founded in New Jersey in 2001, moved to the park in early 2011 to work closely with Wake Forest University and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center researchers. It has three employees, led by Roger Cubicciotti, its co-founder.

The company focuses on lower-cost ways to conduct nanotechnology and molecular biology research and produce breakthrough drug discoveries, particularly involving cancer.

What distinguishes NanoMedica from other startup biotech companies is the level of university personnel involved in its development, business strategy and planning. NanoMedica's contribution to the relationship includes placing more than $100,000 worth of equipment in the university's physics department. More.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Atkins Technology High School Hosts Community STEM Career Fair

Come visit with professionals from colleges and businesses in the area of Science, Technology, and Engineering. See displays and demonstrations and interact with those who are training and working in our local STEM community.

Several college programs and companies will be represented. This event is part of the NC Science Festival and is open to the entire community.

Tuesday, April 24
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Atkins Academic & Technology High School
3605 Old Greensboro Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Read more.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Nanotechnology research gets attention in statewide news story

North Carolina's nanotechnology research activities, including those in Winston-Salem, were the subject of a McClatchey-Tribune news story that appeared recently in the online Winston-Salem Journal.

The story reports,"With its rich mix of life-science leadership, intellectual fire power flowing from our universities, a history of major public investment in the sciences, and an ever-growing reputation in nanotechnology, the state is a serious international player in all things small."

According to the story, 35 research centers and departments across the state are focused on nanobiotechnology, including Wake Forest's Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials.

See more.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

DataChambers Expands Footprint

DataChambers, a North Carolina-based information technology firm, has doubled the office space it occupies at Salem Business Park in Winston-Salem.

“We now have space to expand in response to market demands,” says CEO Nicholas Kottyan. “DataChambers has been on a steady growth trajectory, and we expect that pace to accelerate as we pursue new opportunities emerging from our affiliation with North State Communications.”

North State, one of the nation’s top 15 largest communications companies, purchased DataChambers last year and operates the company as a stand-alone business. In 2011, DataChambers was named one of Inc. Magazine’s fastest growing companies and was ranked 18th in Business Leader magazine’s 2011 Top 300 Small Businesses of the South. The company also has been named one of the 50 fastest-growing, privately held companies in the Triad by The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area for two years running. Read more.

Monday, April 2, 2012

UNCSA sees growth in gaming and animation

As digital technology has increased in popularity, North Carolina has become home to a growing number of animation and gaming businesses that offer employment opportunities for graduates of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

The school is going through a growth spurt. Its mushrooming animation program now has nine students enrolled and officials expect the discipline to continue growing, especially with a new film school facility that will house the program by 2013.

And the school is in the early stages of planning a joint program between UNCSA and N.C. State University that would allow students to collaborate on gaming efforts. The program would have N.C. State computer engineers create code for the games, while filmmakers and storytellers from UNCSA would create the stories.

"My Journey: From Scientist to CEO to Venture Capitalist" with Christy Shaffer

Wake Forest School of Medicine Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative presents a seminar by Christy L. Shaffer, PhD, Venture Partner and Managing Director of Hatteras Discovery

In this seminar you will:
- Learn from an industry insider about challenges facing clinicians, scientists, academic medical centers and industry.
- Gain insight on what venture capitalists look for in new start-ups.
- Interact with a community interested in innovation and new venture creation.

Where: Wake Forest Biotech Place Auditorium
575 N. Patterson Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

When: April 10th from 4:00 to 5:00 pm

Contact:, 336-713-0347