North Carolina Biosciences Organization Release: Biotech Companies Offered Venture Conference Slots

RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The February 25 deadline is fast- approaching for biotech companies to submit applications to present at the BIO VentureForum East, slated for May 9-11 in Atlanta. North Carolina Biosciences Organization, in collaboration with 11 other state life science associations and BIOTECanada, is partnering with the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) to bring together venture capitalists with promising, seed, early- and late-stage private biotechnology companies from the East Coast.

"It is rare that so many venture capital firms focused on the life sciences are represented at one venue, and BIO VentureForum East represents a tremendous opportunity for private East Coast biotech companies," said Sam Taylor, Executive Vice President of North Carolina Biosciences Organization. "We urge all North Carolina biotech companies to go to the Web site and apply to present at the forum."

BIO VentureForum East, to be held at the Intercontinental Hotel-Buckhead, will showcase 120 individual company presentations to leading North American venture capital firms in the life sciences field. Workshops and plenary sessions will be offered on trends in the biotech industry, with special focus on key success factors for early state companies, R&D, market trends and financing. Leading experts from the biotechnology and financial sectors will be featured as keynote speakers and panelists.

Biotechnology companies seeking seed, early- and late-stage private funding can apply to present to this audience of top venture capital firms, investment funds and angel investors. The BIO VentureForum East 2005 Advisory Board, composed of the industry's most renowned technologists, venture capitalists, business leaders and private investors, will judge the presentation applications.

Presenting companies will also participate in a regional "boot camp" prior to the forum, where they will be coached by a team of financial and business professionals on how to effectively communicate their business plans. For more information and to apply to present, visit http://bvf-east.bio.org/ . BIO represents more than 1,000 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations in all 50 U. S. states and 33 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of health-care, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.

North Carolina Biosciences Organization

CONTACT: Sam Taylor of North Carolina Biosciences Organization,+1-919-788-8601, or staylor@ncbioscience.org

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