WINSTON-The North Carolina Biotechnology Center, bolstered in part by $200,000 from Wake Forest University, will open a satellite office in the Triad in June, the center announced Tuesday.

Steven Burke, vice president for corporate affairs and external relations, told The Winston-Salem Journal that the office would open in conjunction with an executive board meeting.

Wake Forest University will donate office space in the Piedmont Triad Research Park for the biotechnology center’s operation. The university also has pledged $100,000 a year for the next two years to support it. The Biotechnology Center has agreed to kick in $25,000 despite cuts in its budget by the General Assembly.

WinstonNet, a local non-profit organization, will provide Internet access. Forsyth Technical Community College will donate two workstations, according to the newspaper.

Richard Dean, president and chief executive of Wake Forest, has advocated the move. He also is a member of the Biotech Center’s board.

Leaders in the Triad have been campaigning for the office for some time, saying representation would boost the region’s efforts to attract more growth in the biotech sector.

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