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Triad Biotech Alliance http://www.triadbiotechalliance.org Tue, 05 Nov 2013 19:38:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5 Back to the Blog – An “Almost Local” Event on Blogging with 5 Takeaway Messages http://www.triadbiotechalliance.org/2012/10/back-to-the-blog-an-almost-local-event-on-blogging-with-5-takeaway-messages/ http://www.triadbiotechalliance.org/2012/10/back-to-the-blog-an-almost-local-event-on-blogging-with-5-takeaway-messages/#respond Tue, 16 Oct 2012 20:40:55 +0000 http://www.triadbiotechalliance.org/?p=154

Last Saturday I spent the morning at Duke’s law building so that I could participate in the Back to the Blog conference. It was hosted by Anton Zuiker (@mistersugar) and Cara Rousseau (@cararousseau)  and supported by Duke University’s Office of the Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations.  The “Blog Father” Bora Zivkovic (@BoraZ) was also there, as well as 30-40 other people. The agenda for the conference was to discuss Style and Design and Comments and discussions of blogs.

Although I’ve been blogging for multiple years now, I’ve never been responsible for the technical side of a blog, so I thought I’d learn some tips. The attendees ranged from really high end pro bloggers through people who hadn’t started blogging yet, but wanted to. The conference didn’t include a lot of “hands on” blogging help – it would have been difficult with that range of experience level – but it was really cool & gave me a lot to think about. People’s descriptions of their blogging goals and approaches were really interesting, and all over the place. Anton began with a brief history of blogging, which progressed from “What’s New” posts through filtering (recommendations) and linking to journaling. Then David B. Thomas (@DavidBThomas, perhaps suffering from a bit too much caffeine)  spoke and let Jeffrey L. Cohen (@jeffreylcohen) drive a fast-paced web presentation that followed his talk through: the importance of understanding the goals of your blog; the power of including a number in your post title (note above title of this post); that RSS feeds may be loosing their importance; and that blog content is great for Google searches while Facebook posts are good for connecting with friends. Although I do link to certain blog posts that I use as information sources, I hadn’t ever verbalized it quite so bluntly & clearly as it was in this session: Blog posts are a lasting resource while Facebook updates go out-of-date. Then there was a discussion that if you spent more than a few minutes on writing an email longer than a paragraph or two, you should think about writing a blog post instead so that you could send an unlimited number of people to a permanent resource for the information – that made a lot of sense to me.

Anton talked again, as did Bora and Paul Jones (@smalljones), who no longer uses email. You can see a Storify curation of the event here, thanks to Cara. The discussion flowed through blog software (branch.com) and themes (WooThemes) as well as the importance of blogs being able to be presented clearly on various devises, not just a computer screen (WPtouch). People requested a list of participants & maybe it will include software mentioned – I’m not sure my hand written notes includes them all. Henry Copland (@hc) of http://web.blogads.com/ pointed us to Google trends where you can type in a keyword & see a graph of how often it comes up in searches – we tried blogger, twitter, pinterest & more. We then discussed comments on blogs – I was interested to hear that all of the pros felt that rulings on free speech DID not apply to specific blogs, only to the intranet as a whole. I had heard from a lawyer a few years back in a #scio session that by monitoring your commenters you were liable, but by allowing all comments you were not. General consensus from the #Back2Blog gang was that management of comments was both allowable and advisable, if comments were allowed at all.

There was a lot of discussion of resources – blogging tools, blogging tips, etc – & where to find them. These days available information seems to be about infinite, but the problem is filtering through it to find the resources that are truly useful to your needs. The topic of resources is another reason why I wanted to attend Back to the Blog. I hear about such cool resources for the social media/science communications community that Anton and Bora have organized, both through their tweets and at ScienceOnline conferences. Although RTP isn’t that far away, I’d like to find a similar community here in the Triad. I did meet David Arneke (@AggieResearch), the Director of Research Communications at NC A & T, which was great. He gave me some ideas of triad groups and websites to check out. I’m not necessarily the most natural social media person, but I do firmly believe in community. In the small town where I grew up people who lived on the same street knew each other & exchanged baked goods on Christmas eve. As old fashioned as it sounds, if someone on the street was having problems, their neighbors chipped in to try & help. I heard that same sort of community-based help at the blog conference as Bora described how Henry advised him on blogging. In thinking about it, I guess a sense of community is one reason that I blog for the Triad Biotech Alliance. If you have NC Triad community suggestions – tweeps to follow, events to attend, or things you’d like to see the Triad Biotech Alliance try – please leave your comments below. I’ll be monitoring them! 🙂

PS: the 5 takeaways are in brown & should guarantee me lots of hits to this post, right?!  🙂

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2012-2013 Event: Eric Tomlinson, President of Piedmont Triad Research Park http://www.triadbiotechalliance.org/2012/10/2012-2013-event-eric-tomlinson-president-of-piedmont-triad-research-park/ http://www.triadbiotechalliance.org/2012/10/2012-2013-event-eric-tomlinson-president-of-piedmont-triad-research-park/#respond Mon, 08 Oct 2012 17:16:04 +0000 http://www.triadbiotechalliance.org/?p=144

As you drive from Greensboro to I77, it is hard not to notice a large amount of construction at the intersection of 40 & 52. On September 20th, at the first Triad Biotech Alliance event of the 2012-2013 year, I was excited to find out what’s going on. Mind you, I didn’t know I’d be learning that – I just wanted to attend the next TBA event.

The invited speaker was Eric Tomlinson, President of Piedmont Triad Research Park and Chief Innovation Officer of Wake Forest Baptist Health. The event was held at a restaurant my family & I often enjoy – The Chop House Grill off of NC 68 in High Point. As per usual for Triad Biotech Alliance mixers, there was mingling & appetizers (provided through generous support of the TBA’s 2012-2013 sponsors) available upon arrival – I’ve heard from some people (you probably know who you are) that they attend mainly for the food & consider the networking & learning the “gravy” of the event. 🙂 During the mixer I enjoyed talking to many people about biotech in the Triad, social media and more.

At somewhere between 6:20 & 6:30 pm, the group took their seats to hear Eric Tomlinson’s talk. Eric is wonderfully personable, and has recently been named the new president of PTRP or the Piedmont Triad Research Park. You can see the announcement in the PTRP News items for more details (scroll to the June 26th item). Eric began his talk by describing an effort to boost innovation at Wake Forest, both in its clinical enterprises and in its academic enterprises. These efforts will include three initiatives: 1) Innovation Services, 2) Scientific Services and 3) the Piedmont Triad Research Park. I was quite intrigued by the concept of the scientific services, which are aimed at allowing outside organizations or individuals to tap Wake Forest internal expertise, but Eric’s talk mostly focused on the research park.

The Piedmont Triad Research Park is a historic redevelopment project located in downtown Winston Salem in the industrial area at the intersection of Interstate 40 (I-40) and US Route 52. According to the PTRP Master Plan:

“Historically and architecturally significant buildings throughout the research park footprint will be retained not only for their unique character and charm but for their reuse potential.”

The concepts and goals described by Eric – to program evocative, educational, fun events; to support local entrepreneurs & residents; and to have world-wide brand recognition for the area – sound wonderful! Near future developments for the PTRP include continued infrastructure development, promotion, and a rebranding of the park. I look forward to watching & supporting the efforts, and seeing how they overlap, collaborate, and compete with other efforts in the area.

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Banner Pharmacaps – May 17th Triad Biotech Alliance Event http://www.triadbiotechalliance.org/2012/06/banner-pharmacaps-may-17th-triad-biotech-alliance-event/ http://www.triadbiotechalliance.org/2012/06/banner-pharmacaps-may-17th-triad-biotech-alliance-event/#respond Fri, 08 Jun 2012 19:18:17 +0000 http://www.triadbiotechalliance.org/?p=130

You probably don’t even realize that many of the over the counter soft gelatin capsule medications you take, including Aleve Liquid Gels, natural products such as fish oils, and many others, are made by a local pharmaceutical company right here in High Point, NC.  On May 17thTim Doran, Global VP of Commercial Operations at Banner Pharmacaps, presented their work and vision to a diverse array of biotechnology professionals. Tim discussed Banner’s products, their history, and where they are heading.  Banner produces and markets a vast array of products either themselves or through strategic partnerships with pharmaceutical companies.  Based on their current business model, Banner is now able to increase their revenue by sharing in the royalties stemming from the drug sales with partnered pharmaceutical companies.

An interesting exchange regarding Banner’s business model informed the audience that Banner had made the strategic decision that enables them to maintain the intellectual property of many of their products.  Previously, they had partnered with other companies wanting to utilize Banner’s exciting soft gelatin capsule technology which created a much lower rate of return.  About ten years ago, they decided to take on much more risk and perform most of the clinical work “in-house”.  By doing it this way, they could prove a particular drug formulation worked better when being delivered through their gelatin based drug delivery technology, giving them the upper hand when presenting the data to the key pharmaceutical companies. In addition, once market exclusivity with their brand partners has expired Banner is free to launch a private label store brand further expanding their business.

 As a person interested in the business of science and pharmaceuticals, I found this discussion very enlightening.  This model represents a somewhat unique and much riskier pivot compared to their old model.  However, after taking this riskier path 10 plus years ago based on the recommendation of key executive team members, they are now beginning to see the profitable outcome of this important decision.

This event was held at the Chop House at Mendenhall in High Point, NC where all the attendees got to enjoy a sampling of the many delicious appetizers Chop House has to offer thanks to the generous support of Triad Biotech Alliance’s annual sponsors:  North Carolina Biotechnology Center, Merz Pharmaceuticals, and Graham Personnel Services.

If you would like to learn more about Banner Pharmacaps – visit their website and if you didn’t get a chance to come out to our event, be sure to visit this site often for information on past and future events.

To volunteer with Us or to find out how Your Business can sponsor local Triad Biotech Alliance gatherings in various ways – please email us.

We look forward to seeing you all back at Triad Biotech Alliance events in the fall.  We will have many opportunities to learn more about biotech and entrepreneurial activity throughout the Triad and meet great new contacts.  Have a great rest of the summer!

John Stehle, PhD is Co-Chair and Founding Member of Triad Biotech Alliance.  Please do not hesitate to contact him directly at john.stehle at triadbiotechalliance dot org.

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Science for a Family: The Nature Research Center http://www.triadbiotechalliance.org/2012/03/science-for-a-family-the-nature-research-center/ http://www.triadbiotechalliance.org/2012/03/science-for-a-family-the-nature-research-center/#comments Mon, 05 Mar 2012 20:42:48 +0000 http://www.triadbiotechalliance.org/?p=116

Have you been to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh before? My family and I have and enjoyed a morning exploring the displays, and then we walked to some lunch. That was a few years ago & it was fine, but perhaps a bit tame/dry.

This past January I was in the Raleigh area for a conference (ScienceOnline2012) and had the pleasure of an evening at the museum, complete with a tour of their new wing. The wing is multiple stories high, and is partially housed in what looks like a huge globe from the outside of the building. Inside the globe will be a state of the art theater. The new wing will be the home of The Nature Research Center, and will be headed by Dr. Meg Lowman. Yes, THE Dr. Meg Lowman known as the “mother of canopy research” for her pioneering research in forest canopy ecology.

And the director isn’t the only totally cool thing about the new center – it is aimed at being very “hands-on”, and includes Investigate Lab spaces,  “How Do We Know?” features, and a Citizen Science Center, as you can read from their ABOUT THE CENTER page.

At the time that I toured the NRC, it took a bit of imagination to “see” what was coming because it was a lot of scafolding, a few holes still in the floor, plaster dust everywhere & we had to wear low, closed-toe shoes to be able to enter the wing. Since then the crews have been hard at work and are preparing for the grand opening of the wing in April. I saw a notice on their site today that “The Museum will be closed April 8 through April 20 at 5pm to prepare for the new wing”, and for their 24 hour grand opening events that will occur from Friday, April 20, 5pm to Saturday, April 21, 5pm.

Even if you can’t get out to the opening events, you may want to take your family, friends, or self over to the new NRC wing of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (after April 21st) for some sciencey fun!

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Brewing with Biotechnology http://www.triadbiotechalliance.org/2011/11/brewing-with-biotechnology/ http://www.triadbiotechalliance.org/2011/11/brewing-with-biotechnology/#respond Wed, 09 Nov 2011 17:00:27 +0000 http://www.triadbiotechalliance.org/?p=101

Image Source: www.redoakbrewery.com

Thousands of people see it on their commute everyday – a square building in a small field next to I-40 between Greensboro and Burlington.  The building side that faces the highway is made of glass, giving viewers a sample of its contents – several mysterious tall steel vats, miles of metal piping, control stations –  all with carefully placed lighting that evokes the feeling of an art exhibition. Above the glass in bright red letters, a caption reads “Red Oak Brewery” and indeed a combination of art and advanced biotechnology is taking place.

Last night, we altered our meeting format a bit and gave Triad Biotech Alliance members the opportunity to personally meet Red Oak’s amazing Brewmaster, Chris Buckley, while taking a tour of the advanced biotechnology that goes into making our region’s own “Red Oak” beverages. Chris, who lived, worked and formally trained as a Brewmaster in Bavaria adheres to Reinheitsgebot (a.k.a. “The Bavarian Beer Purity Law of 1516“).  As a result, Red Oak Brewery produces a regionally unique beer that is available across North Carolina and is typically less than two weeks old when enjoyed.  As Triad Biotech members learned, this distribution is really because of the way that Red Oak produces beer – as an unfiltered and unpasteurized beverage.  Wearing the hat of a life scientist, pasteurization is typically regarded as one of the outstanding scientific milestone in civilization. Providential images of steam baths, canning foundries and happy children drinking milk at the breakfast table come to mind – but the practice really owes itself to extending the shelf-life of beer and wine – a characteristic that isn’t the goal among quality craft brewers focused on taste.  In fact, several advances and even some could say – the origin of biotechnology… begins with brewing beer.

Red Oak Brewery Brewmaster Chris Buckley describes the Brewing Process to Triad Biotech Alliance Members

For example, Louis Pasteur was awarded patents in 1873 for “Improvement in Brewing Beer and Ale”, but his work in fermentation really helped to validate a concept that we often take for granted today – ” The Germ Theory of Disease”. Right now, thousands of introductory organic chemistry students are comparing their left and right hands in an attempt to learn about molecular chirality, but they may not have realized that the concept began with the Pasteur’s commission for an approach to remove sediment (i.e. crystallization) from stored wine. Here is a neat little exercise – first imagine the scent of an orange…. now imagine the scent of a lemon – can you tell a difference ? That difference (which your amazing nose can detect) represents chirality or “enantiomers” of the molecule limonene.  I am sure you have never realized that you had the equivalent of an enantiomer-selective liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method on your face.  Other biotechnological advances related to brewing beer include:   the pH ScaleSaccharomyces cerevisiae (Yeast) biology – which in turn is incredibly essential to the understanding of cell cycle regulation, not to mention countless innovations related to filtration, controlled heating and standardizations essential to the brewing process that are carried over to the pharmaceutical industry.

A Tour of the Bottling Room

Chris provided a wonderfully detailed explanation of Red Oak’s methods, highlighting unique efficiencies  such as grain re-use for cattle (very happy cattle I presume) and water conservation practices that enable Red Oak to use ~94 % less water (tank cleaning etc.) than that of conventional methods.  It was also surprising to find out that North Carolina has laws in place which prevent Red Oak from expanding self-distribution over certain limits.

Great Pizza Thanks to Our Sponsors

The evening concluded with tastings and great networking among 30 individuals representing interests and companies from across the state. Also, we had pizza  from  CIAO Pizza Italian Restaurant in Whitsett, N.C. thanks to the graciousness of Triad Biotech Alliance’s Annual Sponsors : The North Carolina Biotechnology Center, Merz Pharmaceuticals and Graham Personnel Services.

For More Information about Red Oak Brewery – check out their Website and if you didn’t get a chance to come out to our event be sure to visit this site often with calendar updates as we arrange for meetings at local venues with biotechnology enthusiasts.

To Volunteer with Us, or to find out more about how Your Business can sponsor local Triad Biotech Alliance gatherings in many ways – please email us.

Michael Blanks, Ph.D. is Co-Chair and Founding Member of Triad Biotech Alliance. You can email him directly at: info at triadbiotechalliance dot org or visit his other “homebrew” website at www.michaelblanks.com.

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2011-2012 Speaker Series: KeraNetics, Sept 29th http://www.triadbiotechalliance.org/2011/10/2011-2012-speaker-series-keranetics-sept-29th/ http://www.triadbiotechalliance.org/2011/10/2011-2012-speaker-series-keranetics-sept-29th/#respond Mon, 10 Oct 2011 22:35:09 +0000 http://www.triadbiotechalliance.org/?p=83

Keranetics' Todd Johnson at the September Triad Biotech Alliance Meeting

After a summer break, the 2011-2012 Speaker Series of the Triad Biotech Alliance kicked off on September 29th with another great event at The Chop House in High Point. The mixer began as they often do – with lots of meeting, mingling and munching on the generous appetizers  that the TBA provides. I saw a lot of people that I hadn’t seen in a while and met some new people as well. At around 6:30 pm the speakers series began with a talk from Charles (Todd) Johnson of KeraNetics. I hadn’t been aware of KeraNetics before going to the event, and to be honest, it was such a lovely evening that I almost stayed home for burgers on the grill. However I’m quite glad that I didn’t skip the talk – KeraNetics sounds like a great company doing really interesting things.

As you might guess from their name, KeraNetics works with keratins. To quote from their corporate home page:

 “KeraNetics is a biomaterials company utilizing a proprietary process of purifying keratin proteins for use in therapeutic and research applications.”

The short talk that Todd gave couldn’t cover all of their products, but you can read more details about the range of products that they are developing from the “Product Overview” tab. We heard about a topical gel used for burn wound healing, and that has been shown to control burn wound progression. Apparently KeraNetics’ purified keratin proteins have tunable degradation rates, and are human derived, so they are ideal for medical applications. Much of the research being done by the company is funded through grants from the Department of Defense for the ultimate goal of helping Wounded Warriors. There were a few graphic images of soldiers with injuries that might have been difficult to view, if it were not in the context of research aimed at helping such men & women. In addition to burn wound healing, KeraNetics research is developing nerve and bone regeneration applications for their product line. On Oct. 3rd a press release announced that KeraNetics had received an SBIR phase I grant to develop muscle-regenerating biomaterials. Check out their News & Events for more details.

I’ll close this post with two tidbits that I got during the Q & A part of the talk:

The first is from an audience member’s question: Who do you hire? The answer was “mostly PhDs right now” – I think that is very cool to hear because to me it is another indication that the Triad area is drawing innovative, high-tech companies who are hiring highly educated people. Too many editorials in science journals seem to be indicating that universities are churning out too many PhDs for the market & hearing a counter example is a very nice data point.

The second is based on the fact that KeraNetics’ raw keratin source is scrap from the Asian wig industry & I wondered if that source was scalable for the large-scale production of all of the products that KeraNetics is developing. I was assured that there was plenty of hair, and someone whispered that I should watch Chris Rock’s Good Hair movie to learn more about the hair industry – I haven’t yet, but I might just have to some movie night soon.


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Education Resource: Scitable’s eBooks http://www.triadbiotechalliance.org/2011/09/education-resource-scitables-ebooks/ http://www.triadbiotechalliance.org/2011/09/education-resource-scitables-ebooks/#respond Wed, 21 Sep 2011 17:07:22 +0000 http://www.triadbiotechalliance.org/?p=66

In addition to the Company Showcase presentations that occur at live Triad Biotech Alliance events, we also will have a series of blog posts featuring resources that Triad Biotech Alliance members may find useful. The resources will include those focused on information, education, small business aids and more. If you have a resource you’d like to suggest we feature, please tell us about it in the comments area.

Today I’m going to highlight a resource from Nature Education – eBooks available on the Scitable site. Scitable is an open, online resource from the Nature Publishing Group whose goal is to be a teaching and learning portal. There you will find educational articles written both by editors at NPG and from the scientific community at large. In the beginning the resource was focused on genetics, but it has now branched out into cell biology, and will continue to expand into other areas of the life sciences.

The part of Scitable that I want to specifically feature today is their eBook area, which is currently at the top of the “Topics” tab. To quote from Scitable’s own description of the eBooks:

Nature Education e-books are intuitive introductions to a range of topics relevant to science students, young scientists, and science enthusiasts of all ages.

The current eBook titles include: Essentials of Genetics, Essentials of Cell Biology, Cell Biology for Seminars, English Communication for Scientists and Guide to Life Science Careers. If you have an idea for an eBook, or even a burning desire to write an article for Scitable, I’d suggest that you contact an editor for more information. In my experience they are open to articles on many life science topics that you might be an expert on – in fact, I am a co-author with OpenHelix on a Scitable article entitled “Genomic Data Resources Challenges and Promises“. We didn’t get paid to write it, but it was fun & nice to try and help “fuel a global exchange of scientific insights, teaching practices, and study resources” (again quoting from Scitable’s about page). At a conference a few years back, a Nature editor assured me that the Scitable site would remain a community resource & would not be moved under a subscription model, since its development was partially funded by public grants. Check out Scitable, and add a comment with your favorite resource, when you have a chance.

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Small Business Resource: NC LEAP http://www.triadbiotechalliance.org/2011/09/small-business-resource-nc-leap/ http://www.triadbiotechalliance.org/2011/09/small-business-resource-nc-leap/#respond Tue, 13 Sep 2011 23:02:23 +0000 http://www.triadbiotechalliance.org/?p=64

In addition to the Company Showcase presentations that occur at live Triad Biotech Alliance events, we also will have a series of blog posts featuring resources that Triad Biotech Alliance members may find useful. The resources will include those focused on information, education, small business aids and more. If you have a resource you’d like to suggest we feature, please tell us about it in the comments area.

Today I’d like to explore the NC LEAP, or North Carolina Lawyers for Entrepreneurs Assistance Program, which can be found at the URL http://ncleap.ncbar.org/. It is a nonprofit public service program of the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation. From their web site you can read their vision statement, which states:

NC LEAP will be the premier provider of pro bono business and transactional law services for entrepreneurs operating in the state’s low-wealth communities, or employing persons who live in such areas. NC LEAP will also serve as a network through which the state’s business law community can work with entrepreneurs to address systematic legal barriers to economic development in North Carolina’s low-wealth communities.

Legal advice is crucial to a small company, but the cost for it can make it tempting to put off getting advice until too late in a business cycle. Knowing that there is a source for reduced-cost legal advice may allow more business owners to get the information and council that they need. Although not all entrepreneurs will be eligible to receive help from NC LEAP, there are other resources listed on the site that may be of value to those groups. These include the “Where can I go if I’m not eligible for NC LEAP services? ” list of resources (bottom of the page), as well as NC LEAP’s “Community Partners“, which provide a wide range of services.

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Nanotechnology in the Triad http://www.triadbiotechalliance.org/2011/08/nanotechnology-in-the-triad/ http://www.triadbiotechalliance.org/2011/08/nanotechnology-in-the-triad/#respond Fri, 12 Aug 2011 20:17:09 +0000 http://www.triadbiotechalliance.org/?p=42

Two events that lead to this post occurred at the last Triad Biotech Alliance Speaker Event. If you were there you’ll remember that it occurred on May and featured Nancy Johnston of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s Piedmont Triad Regional Office. However you may not remember the events. The first was that there was an announcement that an international nanotechnology conference (COMS, Commercialization of Micro-Nano Systems Conference, August 28-31, 2011) is being hosted right here in the Triad – the organizers initially wanted to use a moonshine still as a North Carolina logo, but in the end decided on an outline of the state. The second event was that I volunteered to the TBA & Michael asked me to help create content for the TBA blog, the Piedmont Primer.


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As my first post I decided to write a mini review of nanotechnology in the Triad, both as a way to educate myself and to perhaps generate some excitement for the COMS conference. Did you know that if you Google the phrase “nanotechnology greensboro nc” you get over 100,000 hits? I knew there was a lot of nanotechnology in the area, but I didn’t realize there would be so much Google fodder. Of course many of the hits were repetitions of press releases, some several years old. Here I will summarize some of what I found, but this is by no means a comprehensive review of Piedmont nanotechnology. If I’ve missed your group or lab, please do comment on the post or send in a post of your own – I’m always interested in learning more…

Local universities are often economic drivers for a region, and this is true of nanotechnology in the Piedmont. As many of you know, NC A & T and UNCG collaborate to create the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN). Each school also has their own research centers and departments focused on nano technology: UNCG – Center for Research Excellence in Nanobiosciences (CREN), A & T – Advanced Materials & Nanotechnology and Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures. Wake Forest is also involved in the nanotechnology revolution with their Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials. Students at other area colleges and universities are also involved with nanotechnology, and over the summer area school kids can even get involved in nanotechnology at the Nanobiotechnology Summer Camp, which I’ve heard was great from a student who attended it.

There are also several economic development efforts and groups – most with focused nanotechnology efforts – NanoAccelerator (NCNA), NC Center of innovation for Nanobiotechnology (NC COIN), North Carolina Biotechnology Center (NCBC), Piedmont Triad Partnership, The Greensboro Partnership, Thrive in North Carolina, news outlets that cover nanotechnology in the Triad – NanoTechWeb, North Carolina Nanotechnology, Tech Journal South, Nanotechnology Now, and nanotechnology focused companies – Advaero Technologies Inc., International Textile Group Inc., NanoMedica, and others. Please note that this isn’t a comprehensive list, or listed in particular order. It is just some of what I discovered and found interesting. As I said earlier in this post, feel free to comment about other nanotechnology efforts in the Piedmont area!

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