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March 23

Premium Lock Senate votes to undo broadband privacy rules that protect user data

The Broadband Report       The Republican-led Senate moved Thursday to undo Obama-era regulations that would have forced internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to ask customers' permission before they could use or sell much of their personal information.

March 23

Premium Lock PPD's apprenticeship program: Clinical Research Associates

PPD Here's a look at the clinical research associate apprenticeship program announced by PPD on Thursday.

Updated March 23

Premium Lock Life science firm PPD launches medical apprenticeships, targets vets

Jobs  Pharmaceutical Product Development, an international life science services firm with a major presence in the Triangle, is rolling out an apprenticeship program to train clinical research associates. PPD is especially targeting military veterans with medical backgrounds.

March 23

Premium Lock RTP's UVision 360 looking for votes in startup showdown

UVision 360 Led by CEO Allison London Brown, UVision is focused on the development of a gynecological tool that will change the way the doctors view and operate in the endometrial cavity.

Updated March 23

Premium Lock Lenovo: No timeframe on Fujitsu deal; ex-Intel COO joins Lenovo data group

Lenovo's talks to merge Fujitsu's PC operations with its own have been postponed, Fujitsu says. But Lenovo says there is no timetable. Meanwhile, a former Intel exec tweets that she's joining Lenovo's data center group, which is based in the Triangle.

Kim Stevenson Kim Stevenson

March 23

Premium Lock Inside the Windsor Circle pivot: Why the change, why the layoffs?

Windsor Circle co-founder and CEO Matt Williamson explains why the company is changing its focus to larger customers - and why the move meant the layoffs affecting nearly half the firm's staff.

Windsor Circle Windsor Circle

Updated March 22

Premium Lock Having a baby? UNC REX unveils an app to help with that

A new app is giving new meaning to the term "push" when it comes to giving birth. Hoping to provide pregnant mothers with help and advice at any time, UNC REX Healthcare is launching a mobile app that provides on-demand access to a wide variety of information and educational tools and pushes out notifications.

Rex baby app screenshot  Rex baby app screenshot

March 22

Premium Lock TransEnterix robotic surgery system expands to hernia repairs

TransEnterix, a Morrisville medical device company that uses robotics to improve minimally invasive surgery, has expanded the clinical adoption of its Senhance Robotic Surgical System to include a full range of hernia repairs.

Trying out TransEnterix's system Trying out TransEnterix's system

March 22

Premium Lock Novan hires former Quintiles exec to lead product development; CFO leaves

Novan is expanding its management team with a new chief development officer position. The company, which went public last year, also is looking for a new chief financial officer.

Novan Novan

March 22

Premium Lock MaxPoint CEO receives 68% increase in compensation in 2016

MaxPoint ​The chief executive officer of marketing technology firm MaxPoint Interactive saw a 68 percent increase in pay last year, according to the company's proxy statement filed Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

March 22

Premium Lock Celebrating National Agriculture Day: Feeding our children and grandchildren

National Agriculture Day is not just about farming. It's about creating a better world for the future of our children, communities and planet. This can only be accomplished through the kind of innovations in science and technology happening right here in the "Sweet Potato State," combined with the support of an educated general public.

Kurt Boudonck in Bayer's RTP greenhouse Kurt Boudonck in Bayer's RTP greenhouse

March 22

Premium Lock More positive lung cancer treatment data boost Heat Bio

Heat Biologics Heat Biologics reports early positive results in a Phase 2 trial of its immunotherapy lung cancer treatment.

March 22

Premium Lock Gates Foundation-backed AgBiome earns first product OK from FDA

AgBiome, the startup focusing on improvements in crop science and backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has received EPA approval for its first fungicide product.

AgBiome targets better crop science AgBiome targets better crop science

March 22

Premium Lock Uber vows to change direction, become more humane company

Uber Uber is vowing to head down a new road and become a more humane company following a wave of ugly developments, including allegations of rampant sexual harassment and a video of a profanity-laced confrontation between the ride-hailing company's CEO and a disgruntled driver.

March 21

Premium Lock Watch out, Amazon, Microsoft, IBM: Google Cloud an emerging threat (+ video)

Analysis: Google has evolved drastically over the past year. Not only have the productivity applications for business been rebranded and brought together with the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) portfolio under a cohesive business unit in Google Cloud and leadership under Senior Vice President Diane Greene, but the resulting business has substantially furthered its messaging as well. Here's the first of a two-part report.

March 21

Premium Lock International, local artists highlight Moogfest protest stage lineup

Hip hop artist and activist Talib Kweli and Syrian musician Oman Souleyman will be among the artists opening the 2017 edition of Moogfest in downtown Durham.

Moogfest Moogfest

Updated March 21

Premium Lock Growing more STEM businesses and entrepreneurs in NC

STEM education news  It's no secret that North Carolina's public and private higher educational institutions have earned global prominence in their ability to successfully educate scientists, engineers and technologists. Every year significant numbers of our graduates are recruited by local and global corporations that have learned to value the scientific and technical capabilities of students and graduates of our great higher educational institutions. The looming question, however, is "How can we grow more of our own North Carolina STEM-based companies?"