Recommend a COI
Ideas for future Centers of Innovation come from individuals who are aware of well-defined industry sectors that benefit from the application of biotechnology, and who think its growth would be catalyzed with a focus on commercialization. Contact Mary Beth Thomas, Ph.D., vice president of the Centers of Innovation program to discuss your idea.
Successful COIs evolve from a cohesive academic-industry consortium led by strong inter-university and industrial partners. These partners recognize a unique set of strengths in North Carolina to support a specific industry sector. They also believe the nascent sector can be catalyzed by the focused and collaborative efforts of a COI.
Once a consortium has formed, it must be recognized by the NCBiotech as inclusive and cohesive, intent on building a statewide initiative. This can lead to an invitation for the consortium to submit a Phase I proposal. Ongoing engagement of NCBiotech staff is required.