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The Impact of Biotechnology

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For more than 25 years, grants from the Biotechnology Center’s Science and Technology Development Program have strengthened the state’s life science research base. More than $60 million in research grants to colleges, universities and nonprofit institutions across the state helped leverage significant outside funding for these institutions.

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Diagnostics

Advanced Animal Diagnostics, a developer of technologies for the rapid diagnosis of farm animal diseases, received a $20,000 Company Inception Loan from NCBiotech in 2007, followed by a $100,000 Collaborative Funding Grant for research at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. The company recently announced it has raised $6 million in funding for its on-farm diagnostics equipment. (photo: NCSU)

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Human Health/Drug Therapy

Advanced Liquid Logic, which began with a $50,000 NCBiotech Collaborative Funding Grant to Duke University scientist Richard Fair, Ph.D., has subsequently secured a term loan and revolving credit line from Durham’s Square 1 Bank. NCBiotech has provided the company with more than $468,000 in various loans, helping the company gain worldwide media attention and secure further funding. (photo: Advanced Liquid Logic)                                                        

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Jobs/Workforce & Education

Anna Blade used the NCBiotech jobs board to land a position as a laboratory consultant with WordWide Medical Products. “I have lived in North Carolina for many years and wanted to stay in North Carolina with my new job,” she said. “During my job search, I regularly used this jobs board as a resource. I found this position on the NCBiotech jobs board and applied online. Within a couple of days, I was contacted by the company and hired within a month.” (photo: courtesy of Anna Blade)

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Fermentation/Brewing Industry

In 2012, NCBiotech awarded Brett Taubman, Ph.D. (left) and Seth Cohen, Ph.D. (right) a $60,800 Education Enhancement Grant to advance the curriculum of Appalachian State University’s new fermentation science program. They used the funding to develop the two core classes in the fermentation science program: Principles of Fermentation Sciences and Facility Design Operation. (photo: ASU)

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Human Health/Cancer Therapy

​CivaTech Oncology, a Research Triangle Park company developing cancer therapy devices, received a $249,048 Small Business Research Loan in 2012 from NCBiotech. That has helped the company secure multi-million-dollar funding from sources such as the National Cancer Institute. (photo: civatechoncology.com)

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Human Health/Drug Therapy

Heat Biologicswhich recently filed for a $30-plus million IPO to continue funding its treatments for non-small cell lung cancer and bladder cancer, was recruited to Chapel Hill from Miami by NCBiotech, which also gave the clinical-stage company a $250,000 Strategic Growth Loan in 2012. (photo: Heat Biologics)

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Human Health/Drug Therapy

Aided by a $150,000 NCBiotech Small Business Research Loan in 2010, fast-growing Winston-Salem therapeutics developer KeraNetics has gone on to secure millions in federal funding, including a $3.3 million federal contract to help commercialize a gel for treating nuclear radiation burns. The NCBiotech portfolio company is also participating in NCBiotech’s Industrial Fellowship Program, sharing costs for postdoctoral researcher Erin Falco, Ph.D., to work two years as a scientist at the company and learn the ropes of industrial research. (photo: shutterstock.com)

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Workforce & Education

In July 2010, Meredith Brown, a postdoc from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, began a two-year fellowship in NCBiotech’s Industrial Fellowship Program with Metabolon, which hired her full-time after she completed her fellowship. “I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to have a career in industry,” Brown said of the fellowship. “It’s a very unique program.”

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Food

Shure Foods, a company startedin 2006 by Gabe Dough in his parents’ Roanoke Island basement, was aided by a $30,000 NCBiotech Company Inception Loan in 2009 to help convert Dough’s idea into commercial reality. The company holds a patent for its “cold-structured crabmeat,” the term Shure Foods uses for its uncooked, re-formed take on blue crab, the difficult-to-harvest delicacy. (photo: Shure Foods)

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Education

Three of the 44 North Carolina teachers who received prestigious Kenan Fellowships in 2012 also enjoyed career boosts from NCBiotech programs. Two of them participated in 2011 NCBiotech Summer Biotechnology Workshops for Educators, and the other received an Education Enhancement Grant in 2007 to help set up a biotech classroom.

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Human Health/Drug Therapy

A $35,000 Small Business Research Loan from NCBiotech has helped portfolio company Trana Discovery identify a target for the development of new antibiotics for infections caused by hospital-acquired Gram-negative bacteria, which are often fatal. (photo: Shutterstock.com)

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Education/Equipment

In February 2012, NCBiotech awarded Mark Wilson, Ph.D., director of Western Carolina University’s Forensic Science Program, a $175,000 Institutional Development Grant to buy a genetic analyzer that helped establish a DNA sequencing core facility on campus. It's enhancing research capabilities in the school’s forensic science program. (photo: WCU)

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Biotechnology Research Grant

Working with a $75,000 Biotechnology Research Grant awarded in 2011 by NCBiotech, Shengmin Sang, Ph.D., the lead scientist for functional foods at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University's Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, is studying a combination of aspirin and a natural compound found in blueberries for its potential in preventing colon cancer. Sang's work has also brought in more than half a million dollars in federal funding to explore the therapeutic possibilities of various foods.  (photo: Shutterstock.com)

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Collaborative Funding Grant

The flowering dogwood’s prominence as an ornamental lawn planting has become increasingly threatened during the past two decades by a pair of destructive diseases. Working with a $100,000 Collaborative Funding Grant from NCBiotech and the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science at North Carolina State University, NCSU professor Thomas Ranney is developing a hardy Carolina Dogwood that can bring new "green" to North Carolina's lawns as well as its landscape and nursery businesses. (photo: NCSU)

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Faculty Recruitment Grant

The Oliver Smithies Faculty Recruitment Grant program has helped universities across North Carolina attract top scientists and outfit their labs once they arrive. In 1987, NCBiotech helped recruit seven researchers to start the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's molecular biology and biotechnology research program. Among them was Smithies, D.Phil., who helped solidify the state's reputation as a scientific powerhouse when he won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 2007.  (photo: UNC-Ch)

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Institutional Development Grant

Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA, division chief of cardiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, received a $112,500 Institutional Development Grant from NCBiotech in 2001 for a newly developed ultrasound machine that would let his team visualize the inner workings of small lab animals’ cardiovascular systems without surgery. The entreprising doc has subsequently garnered international acclaim and helped start a new company in North Carolina.  (photo: UNC-Ch)

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Multidisciplinary Research Grant

Qun Lu , Ph.D., and his colleagues at East Carolina University are using a $141,000 NCBiotech Multidisciplinary Research Grant to better understand a protein they believe to be useful as a new biological warning beacon — known as a biomarker — for prostate cancer. (photo: getty.com)

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