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Mary Beth Thomas, Ph.D.

Vice President, Centers of Innovation Program
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Mary Beth Thomas, Ph.D., is the vice president at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center where she leads the Centers of Innovation (COI) Program. This program aims to align and coordinate resources, assets and funding to foster the development and growth of new business sectors in NC. Sectors that have been supported by the COI program include Advanced Medical Devices, Nanobiotechnology, and Marine Sciences with the newest effort in Precision Medicine. Thomas also leads the Center’s initiative that is focused on fostering the Bio Defense sector in the state. In leading this initiative, Thomas sees an opportunity for the broader NC life science community to bring their innovative technological expertise to bear on critical challenges faced by the military and national security agencies on behalf of our state and country.

Thomas formerly served as the statewide director of technology commercialization with the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) in Raleigh. Before working at the Small Business and Technology Development Center, Thomas was the assistant director of the neurosensory program at Tranzyme Pharma in Research Triangle Park. She also served as an assistant director of the neuroprotection program at Cogent Neuroscience in Durham.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biotechnology at the Rochester Institute of Technology (New York), a doctorate in developmental biology from the University of Cincinnati (Ohio) and served as a postdoctoral fellow with the Department of Neurobiology at Duke University.


One of the goals of NCBiotech's April 15 Bio Defense Grantsmanship Training Event was to educate a wide variety of participants on how to get started with the pursuit of funding from the Department of Defense (DoD).

At NCBiotech's Bio Defense Grantsmanship Training Event on April 15, the keynote speaker  Dr. Julie Lucas gave a great rundown of the Department of Defense (DoD) funding process – from how opportunities are publicly offered (RFI, RFP, BAA, etc.) to how they are reviewed and evaluated.


NCBiotech’s Bio Defense program held its first Grantsmanship Training event April 15, focused on pursuing funding from the Department of Defense (DoD).