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by Robin Deacle

Vaccines are healthy for North Carolina's citizens and our economy.

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by Robin Deacle

As if the Newseum's view of the Capitol and Smithsonian weren't enough, some guests at the North Carolina reception got their pictures taken in the Oval Office last night.

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by Robin Deacle
Laughter isn't something you typically hear in a board room. Ours had quite a bit Tuesday courtesy of a special guest.
 
We'd invited Kathy Proctor to join us for the meeting. We jokingly call her one of our poster children - she's a laid-off furniture worker who's getting a two-year biotech degree at Forsyth Tech. She embodies the promise we made nearly 30 years ago when the Center started creating a new  industry for the state.
 
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by Robin Deacle

Editor's Note: The full roundtable discussion is featured in this month's Business North Carolina.

Every once in a while, I get the opportunity to listen to leaders in their fields discuss a topic. Late in January, the topic was agriculture, which might make you think about the food on your plate.

Then phrases like “protein-based diet versus starch-based diet” and “land and water use” started flying.

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by Robin Deacle

 

At the Biotech Center we spend pretty much all day thinking about biotechnology.

We follow the latest developments in the science. We see the obstacles for small company growth and try to remove them. We think about what will give North Carolina the edge when it comes to attracting new companies.

And when one of those new companies gives us a look, it's an all-out, petal-to-the-metal frenzy to put together a response to their request. Time is of the essence.

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by Robin Deacle

For the past year, my team has been working to simplify the definition of what the center does. 

Through several rounds of user interviews and a multitude of intense and sometimes irreverent discussions, we hit upon a great combination of words: We make the connections that create biotech jobs.

It's clear. It's descriptive. It's even aspirational. It's on every page of our new website.

Today I saw the phrase for the first time in a Google alert. It's exciting to see the message get out.

Thanks to all of you who helped to steer us in the right direction.

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by Robin Deacle

Put 500 people in a room to talk about jobs in this economy. Layer on the urgency that rural economic developers feel about creating them for their cities, counties and regions that face unemployment north of 10 percent. 

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