Southeast BIO (SEBIO) and the CED are partnering to host the first Southeastern Angel Investors Symposium at the 7th Annual Southeastern BIO Investor Forum on December 1 in Charleston.

The SEBIO Investor Forum is the Southeast’s premier life sciences venture capital conference. SEBIO and CED are presenting the Angel Investors Symposium in conjunction with Charleston Angel Partners and the Florida Angel Investment Alliance.

The Angel Investors Symposium will offer networking and educational opportunities for active, accredited angel investors across the Southeast. Accredited angels are high net worth individuals (such as successful entrepreneurs, retired doctors and executives, and other wealthy professionals) who provide start-up capital to young companies to help them get off the ground.

“While we are seeing increased activity in the entrepreneurial sector today, many start-ups in the region struggle to secure seed-stage capital to get their company off the ground,” said Monica Doss, president of CED.

“Angel investors play a vital role in the Southeast’s future because they can meet seed-financing needs by jump-starting the growth of entrepreneurial companies.”

“SEBIO features some of the region’s best life sciences deals,” said Rebecca Kaufman, SEBIO 2005 co-chair and an attorney with King & Spalding in Atlanta. “Providing exclusive educational content and networking opportunities for angels is a great way to attract this important group to the SEBIO Investor Forum to learn more about participating companies.”

Arthur Klausner, partner, Pappas Ventures, will keynote the Angel Investors Symposium.

In addition to Klausner’s keynote address, the Angel Investors Symposium will feature panel discussions on the following: How Early Is Early?; Do you want to dance? Who will lead? Who will follow?Creating Relationships with Fellow Angel Investors; Seed Investing: Who, How, and Why?; and Syndicating Deals in the National VC Market.

Panelists on the Seed Investing panel include four experienced investors:

· Mark Cochran, Ph.D., managing director, NeuroVentures Capital (Charlottesville, VA)

· Garheng Kong, M.D., Ph.D., partner, Intersouth Partners (Durham, NC)

· Tony Natale, M.D., venture partner, MDS Capital (Nashville, TN)

· David Scheer, president, Scheer and Company (Branford, CT)

The day will culminate with an Early-Stage Company Shootout. Four of the top early-stage companies will present their opportunity to the entire conference, and a panel of celebrity judges will select an overall winner. The day will culminate with a Kick-Off Reception at the South Carolina Aquarium.

Accredited angel investors who are interested in attending the Angel Investors Symposium should contact Jayne Milnamow via phone (910.452.0006) or e-mail ( for registration details. Due to space constraints, registration is available on a limited basis for active investors only.