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  • Carver Nichols, a senior honor student at Brevard High School, was a finalist in the BioGENEius Challenge, an international science fair in which North Carolina's lone 2016 finalist competed against 14 others from the United States, Canada and Germany.
  • Wilmington physician Alan Brown, an impassioned inventor in his off hours, has transformed two of his ideas into award-winning product innovations – a self-illuminating speculum and a corneal marking system – designed to make eye surgeries more efficient and accurate, improving patient outcomes.
  • A group headlined by blazingly successful life science rainmaker Steve Butts, MBA, is hanging out a shingle in Morrisville, this time with $49 million in early funding support. They’re calling it Arrivo BioVentures.
  • The uniquely futuristic billion-dollar cell culture Seqirus vaccine factory in Holly Springs has hit another milestone, with U.S. Food and Drug Administration marketing approval for the FLUCELVAX QUADRIVALENT flu vaccine made there.
  • Panacea BioMatx, a personalized nutrition startup company in Morrisville, has signed a license agreement with an Australian health food provider that will also invest up to $1 million in Panacea, while existing North Carolina investors in Panacea have also agreed to match the investment on similar terms.
  • Two North Carolina agricultural biotechnology leaders share their thoughts on the continuing need for innovation in agriculture, and North Carolina's growing power in driving the sector.
  • Custom development and manufacturing organization Alcami Corporation is hosting a public open house at its Durham facility on Thursday, May 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • A Morehead City company using innovative materials to help restore North Carolina oyster habitats is among 11 finalists vying for $50,000 funding packages in the spring 2016 round of NC IDEA grants.
  • A dozen agricultural biotechnology companies from North Carolina, seven other states and even a European startup from Portugal will share their breakthrough technologies for crop and animal health advancements at the day-long Ag Biotech Entrepreneurial Showcase 2016 May 18 at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.
  • FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to celebrate the opening of a 62,000-square-foot facility in Morrisville to house its bioprocess R&D groups.
  • Research Triangle Park-based medical diagnostics company BioMedomics has received approval from the Kenya Ministry of Health to sell Sickle SCAN, the company’s portable and quick-reporting test system for sickle cell disease (SCD) and sickle cell trait (SCT).
  • Plans for a new kind of agricultural technology startup company started to take shape today with the announcement of an $11.5 million AgTech Accelerator corporation in Research Triangle Park.
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  • One of the most significant incubators of small businesses in North Carolina is celebrating National Small Business Week with a visit from its district’s Congressman. And all four First Flight Venture Center (FFVC) startup companies making “Shark Tank”-type pitches to the audience are being bootstrapped with loans from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.
  • Global generic drug maker Aurobindo Pharma said today it will invest over $31.7 million to establish a new national headquarters in Durham that will  bring 275 new R&D and pharmaceutical manufacturing jobs to the Triangle.
  • The North Carolina Biotechnology Center awarded 21 grants and loans totaling $2.5 million to companies, universities and nonprofit organizations across the state during the third quarter of its 2015-2016 fiscal year ending March 31.
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  • Two North Carolina companies are among 39 biotechnology firms competing in a Buzz of BIO contest to recognize the most innovative companies prior to this summer’s BIO International Convention in San Francisco, June 6-9.
  • Bayer's crop science division hosted more than 160 fifth graders and high school students from central North Carolina this week at its Research Triangle Park campus, letting the students tour facilities, talked with Bayer staff and participate in hands-on exercises demonstrating how new crop seeds and ag chemicals move from an idea in someone’s mind to a product used in a farmer’s field.
  • Durham’s Deep Blue Medical Advances, founded in 2014 by a plastic surgeon as an incubator for developing Duke medical device inventions, is the sole bioscience-related semifinalist in the spring 2016 round of NC IDEA grants.


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