North Carolina Biotechnology Center Triad Office Announces Executive Committee for Advisory Council

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. August 26, 2013 – Bill Dean, Administrator of Pathologists Diagnostic Laboratory, P.A. has been named leader of the newly established Executive Council of the Advisory Committee for Biotechnology in the Piedmont Triad.

“The Executive Council provides a new dynamic within our current advisory committee by recognizing years of commitment and contribution since the establishment of our regional office a decade ago,” said Nancy Johnston, executive director of NCBiotech’s Piedmont Triad Office.

Karen Hicks, vice president of human resources for Targacept currently serves as chair of the advisory committee.

“By integrating past knowledge and visionary leadership with future opportunities, we can continue to effectively collaborate with the NC Biotech Center’s regional office to support bioscience job growth,” said Hicks.

Jerry McGuire, associate vice chancellor for economic development in the Office of Research and Economic Development at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, who was named to the Advisory Committee in April of 2005 and currently serves as vice chair, will become one of the first members to join the Executive Council.

“I see this new Executive Council supporting the Advisory Committee by serving as an engine for ideas that can be further enhanced and implemented by the committee overall,” McGuire said. “I consider it an honor to be a contributor to the process.”

The Executive Council members include:

Michael Batalia, Ph.D. CLP., Executive Director, Commercialization, Product Innovation and Commercialization Services, Wake Forest University Health Sciences

Morris J. Clarke, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Winston-Salem State University

Bill Dean, Administrator, Pathologists Diagnostic Laboratory, P.A.

Roger E. Gordon, Ph.D., Board Advisor to Certi-Rx

Jerry McGuire, associate vice chancellor for economic development in the Office of Research and Economic Development at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

John R. Merrill, Executive Director, Gateway University Research Park

Randy L. Pool, PE, Managing Principal, Stantec Inc.

Russ Read, Executive Director, National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce, Forsyth Technical Community College

Penny Whiteheart, Executive Vice President, Piedmont Triad Partnership

The advisory committee works closely with NCBiotech’s Piedmont Triad Office, advocating for and enabling life-science employment growth throughout the region. Initiatives have included the Wet Lab LaunchPad, which provides lab space to early-stage companies in the Piedmont Triad Research Park; Triad BioNight, the marquee event for the Triad’s biotechnology community slated for 2014; and strategic work plans such as BioIgnite, focused on innovation, infrastructure, and investment to help grow jobs.

NCBiotech’s Piedmont Triad Office also helps to deploy the Center’s grant and loan programs locally and to make connections that help grow the life sciences statewide.

New members joining the regional advisory committee are:

Alan Jones, Business Development Manager for Duke Energy

Cynthia Rothschild Ph.D., Partner, Kilpatrick Stockton

Robert Egleston, President and CEO of DataMax Corp and Foundation

NCBiotech is a private, non-profit corporation supported by the N.C. General Assembly. Its mission is to provide long-term economic and societal benefits to North Carolina by supporting biotechnology research, business, education and strategic policy statewide.

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