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SCYNEXIS stock gets bump from orphan drug designation

Scynexis Drug development company SCYNEXIS, Inc.said that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan drug designation to the its treatment for invasive Candida infections, including candidemia. SCYNEXIS stock got a bump up on the news.

Updated 29 minutes ago

CED Tech Venture profile: Helium Cine aims to sharpen smartphone photography

Helium, a startup based in Durham, sees an opportunity in the growing use of smartphones as the primary camera for "content professionals" and media. They aim to offer accessories to support that trend and will be showcasing their offerings at the CED Tech Venture conference.

Updated 2 minutes ago

NC State, IBM to host Entrepalooza Sept. 15

Stuent pitches idea at Entepalooza NC State University and IBM will host the second annual Entrepalooza, an entrepreneurship and innovation festival, on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. at the Oval on Centennial Campus.

Updated 18 minutes ago

Durham pharmaceutical firm Novan files for $60M IPO

Durham-based Novan focuses on naotech dermatology and topical formulations. It plans to use the proceeds from the offering to fund drug development and a new drug application. It raised more than $100 million in venture backing in 2015.

3:21 p.m. yesterday

Interest in Pokemon Go declining

Pokemon GO Pokemon Go is aleady in decline, according to an analyst at Axiom Capital.

Updated 3:07 p.m. yesterday

Metrics expanding drug storage facility as part of $80M expansion

Metrics Contract Services is in the midst of a major expansion in Greenville. Metrics Contract Services is investing $3.5 million in a 15,000-square-foot specialized drug stability storage expansion in Greenville that will triple its current capacity as part of a larger $80 million expansion. It plans to hire 110 scientists and technicians.

2:18 p.m. yesterday

Consumers streaming movies, less interested in buying

Gfk With so much content now available at will via online streaming and subscription video services, ownership and renting of individual titles has become surprisingly rare, according to a new study from GfK.

Updated 2:18 p.m. yesterday

CED Tech Venture profile: SeaChange, tackling challenges of wastewater

Fracking and other advances in technology have turned the United States into an energy production powerhouse - but there's a problem: Dealing with the wastewater that's a byproduct of energy production. A Raleigh startup, SeaChange, is seeking to provide a sustainable solution and has already won an energy startup showcase. SeaChange will be participating in the CED Tech Venture conference next month. Here's a profile.

Updated 16 minutes ago

Premium Lock Survey: Social media marketing under performing expectations

Social Media Even though social media spending by marketers has tripled since 2009, it still falls short of levels predicted five years ago and companies say it contributes little to their overall performance. So says the CMO Survey from Duke University.

8:30 a.m. yesterday

CED Tech Venture profile: EmployUs, connecting employers and job seekers

EmployUs is off to a fast start, having already won an NC IDEA grant and successfully closing on investment capital. The Raleigh startup takes its employer-job seeker message next to CED Tech Venture as a presenting firm.

6:52 a.m. yesterday

CED Tech Venture profile: PatientPay, a paperless payment option for healthcare

Durham-based startup PatientPay is utilizing patented technology in an effort to help reduce paperwork clogging up healthcare while reducing costs. The company is among some 90 startups and emerging companies presenting at the CED Tech Venture Conference. Here's a Q&A profile of the company which already has attracted $2.5 million in venture capital from Silicon Valley.

Updated 6:49 a.m. yesterday

European regulators validate Cempra pneumonia treatment

Cempra You have probably heard all those stories about antibiotic resistant bacteria. Chapel Hill drug developer Cempra Inc. has moved another step closer to European approval of one solution also under review in the US.

Updated 9:07 a.m. yesterday

High Point U starts first pharmacy class

HPU's inaugural class of pharmacy students reads the “Oath of a Pharmacist” to friends and family members at the school's first white coat ceremony. -- HPU Photos 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.

6:06 a.m. yesterday

Netflix will hit 100M subscribers by 2018

Netflix   International Netflix subscribers will overtake the number of US domestic subscribers, and the streaming service will hit 100 million subscribers by 2018, says a new report.

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Updated 6:16 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock R65 Labs, startup from Modality founder, files debt offering

Durham-based R65 Labs Inc., a digital health startup founded by S. Mark Williams, who previously created Modality, is seeking more than $1 million in a debt offering, according to a regulatory filing.

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2:52 p.m. Tuesday

Drone market growing, who gets all the smartphone profits; Verizon tops

Bulldog In today's update of technology news from around the web: the market for drones to qrow by 25 percent for the next five years; Apple, Samsung grab most smartphone profits; and Verizon rated tops in network coverage and performance in NC.

12:18 p.m. Tuesday

CED Tech Venture profile: MindSumo, crowdsourcing innovation + finding talent

Backed by Google Ventures and Stanford University's X-fund, emerging entrepreneurial firm MindSumo is helping college students and possible employers avoid mismatches while at the same time crowdsourcing innovation. It's one of the "showcase" companies for the upcoming CED Tech Venture Conference.

12:00 p.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock Why the Lenovo licensing deal with Microsoft matters

Lenovo will load Microsoft's productivity apps -- including Microsoft Office, OneDrive and Skype -- on select Lenovo devices that use the Android operating system in a deal Fortune Magazine says matters.

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9:01 a.m. Tuesday

CED Tech Venture profile: Bridgera aims to make IoT 'easier'

If your firm is puzzled by Internet of Things complexities, Raleigh startup Bridgera may be able to help. In a Q&A, WRAL TechWire provides a profile of the IoT and big data company ahead of its participation in the CED Tech Venture conference.

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7:23 a.m. Tuesday

CED Tech Venture profile: Artificial intelligence startup WhiteHatAI targets medical fraud, errors

Can artificial intelligence help the medical industry better deal with fraud and errors? Artificial intelligence startup WhiteHatAI's leaders believe so. Here's a profile Q&A about the emerging Durham venture which will be among the presenters at the CED Tech Venture Conference.

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