Dani Bolognesi, the chief executive who helped lead Trimeris to discovery and FDA approval of a new AIDS drug, is one of eight “Entrepreneurs of the Year” from the Carolinas as selected by Ernst & Young.
Also honored were Ping Fu of Raindrog Geomagic, a software firm in Research Triangle Park, and Robin Smith of Biologics, which is based in Raleigh.
Bolognesi was recognized in the biotech-life sciences category.
Ping Fu was selected for information technology.
Smith was recognized for health services.
The winners were announced Thursday night in Charlotte, and all will advance for consideration as national E&Y entrepreneur winners.
Neal Hunter of Cree was selected national entrepreneur of the year for 2002.
The entire list of winners:
Power Equipment Maintenance
Robert Hughes Jr.
J. Coleman Shouse,
Networking and Communications
Research Triangle Park, NC
Retail and Consumer Products
Blue Rhino Corporation