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  • The North Carolina Biotechnology Center awarded 17 grants and loans totaling $1,060,352 to companies, universities and nonprofit organizations across the state during the first quarter of its 2016-2017 fiscal year ending September 30.
  • Despite some consumer resistance to genetic engineering, not all food technology innovations discussed at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s AgBiotech Summit 2016 engender social fears.
  • When technology impacts the food chain, sometimes the food chain bites back. Those kinds of lessons were the theme for the second day of the recent two-day North Carolina Biotechnology Center AgBio Summit in Chapel Hill.
  • The North Carolina Biotechnology Center, aided by a $1.87 million federal grant, has embarked on a three-year project to study the production of sorghum as biomass for fuel and high-value chemicals in the Mid-Atlantic region.
  • Some of the many partners who teamed up to recruit a $1 billion cell culture flu vaccine factory to Holly Springs, N.C., got a tangible reminder of the fruits of their 13-year labor on Tuesday as they rolled up their sleeves for a shot of the game-changing vaccine made by fellow North Carolinians.
  • Four leaders in the field examined the potential for milk and meat without cows, and eggs without hens, as part of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s AgBiotech Summit 2016 in Chapel Hill.
  • “This is the best time ever to be alive and to be in agriculture,” Lowell Catlett, Ph.D, an economist and futurist, told the lunch session at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s AgBiotech Summit 2016.
  • BioMedomics, a medical diagnostics company in Research Triangle Park, won first place among 30 start-up companies competing in an innovation contest at an industry conference in Boston.
  • Almac Group, a global contract research organization (CRO) with 288 employees in Durham, has announced a $5.2 million expansion that will create 79 more jobs over the next three years.
  • Flucelvax Quadrivalent: A Next-Generation Flu Vaccine Flucelvax Quadrivalent is an influenza vaccine developed and produced by Seqirus.
  • Now is the best time to sign up for your flu shot, and this is the best place to do it. When you reserve a 10-minute “NC Big Shot" slot on the North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s website for the Tuesday, October 4 VaccinatioNCelebration, it’ll reserve your free ticket to participate in a milestone of medicine.
  • Raleigh-based PRA Health Sciences (PRA) and Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. of Japan have formed a partnership in which PRA will serve as Takeda’s primary strategic partner for clinical development and post-approval work on Takeda’s drug pipeline and marketed products.
  • Charlotte-area biopharmaceutical company SoyMeds has been awarded a $1.05 million two-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to help advance its unique system for “growing” a medicine in transgenic soybeans.
  • Kepley BioSystems, a startup company in Greensboro, has developed OrganoBait, an artificial attractant for commercial and recreational crabbers and lobstermen.
  • BioCryst Pharmaceuticals of Durham has reported positive results from a proof-of-concept study of its broad-spectrum antiviral BCX4430 for the delayed treatment of Ebola virus infection in rhesus macaques.
  • “Food’s journey from mind to mouth” in the coming years is the theme of this month’s Ag Biotech Summit at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill on Sept. 27 and 28. The conference, organized by the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, will focus on emerging and converging technologies and their likely impact on the food value chain.
  • Harnessing the diverse crop microbiome for better plant agriculture is the mission of AgBiome Inc., a young and growing biotechnology company in the Research Triangle Park.
  • The United States Department of Agriculture announced today that North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro has been awarded a $1,120,427 grant for a new food research building.
  • Greenville-based Metrics Contract Services, a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) that serves pharmaceutical companies worldwide, is investing $3.5 million in a 15,000-square-foot expansion of its stability storage facility.
  • The Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy has officially opened at High Point University with a traditional white coat ceremony for an inaugural class of 60 students hailing from 12 states.


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