Norris Tolson, the new president and chief executive officer at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, will be the guest speaker at WRAL Local Tech Wire’s next “Exchange” networking event on Sept. 12.

The invitation-only event is set for the American Tobacco Historic District complex in Durham.

“I look forward to sharing with fellow executives my vision for helping grow the North Carolina Biotechnology Center as well as the biotechnology and life science sectors, which are so crucial to our state’s economy in the 21st century,” Tolson said.

“We have an internationally recognized hub for research, development, commercialization and production of medicines, chemicals, medical devices and related developments such as software and contract research organization resources,” he added. “Our goal at the Biotech Center is to make the life science sector an ever growing part of our state’s future in an increasingly competitive and global environment.”

The Exchange is put on in part by charter sponsors Hosted Solutions and 919 Marketing.

Other sponsors include Red Hat, InCentric Solutions, iContact, LemaCreative and Jim Dickens Printing and Promotional Products.

“Having Mr. Tolson as our guest speaker offers executives a rare opportunity to mix and learn with one of the most important leaders in our state’s economy,” said Rick Smith, editor of WRAL Local Tech Wire. “He is very new in his position at the Biotech Center, but having served on its board for several years, he knows first hand the importance of the biotechnology sector to our future. Mr. Tolson also can offer insight into challenges we face, given his background as a former commerce secretary and political leader.”

Added Rich Lee, chief executive officer of Hosted Solutions: “Hosted Solutions is pleased to sponsor The Exchange, and provide a series of exclusive gatherings where area business leaders can come together to discuss market trends, information and experiences. These venues for thought collaboration and sharing of industry best practices are a great opportunity for attendees to tap the knowledge and expertise of the brightest minds across several industries.”

David Chapman, chief executive officer of 919 Marketing, noted: “The WRAL Local Tech Wire Exchange is a great forum for interaction with Triangle executives in the technology, life science and biotech industries. 919 Marketing is happy to be involved in the event again.”

For additional information and sponsorship opportunities, contact Rick Smith (

About Hosted Solutions

Hosted Solutions’ high-quality Data Center and Managed Hosting solutions maintain and protect customers’ mission-critical, back-office IT systems and applications, enabling them to reduce operating costs, lower the risk of downtime, focus on core competencies, and achieve their top business objectives. The company operates four SAS 70 Type II audited Data Centers in Boston and Charlotte, Raleigh and Cary, N.C.

About 919 Marketing

919 Marketing is a marketing consulting firm and a public relations firm with a proven track record of helping underdog companies of all sizes increase revenue, create a competitive advantage and improve marketing efficiencies.

About Red Hat

Red Hat, the world’s leading open-source solutions provider, is headquartered in Raleigh, with over 50 satellite offices spanning the globe. CIOs have ranked Red Hat first for value in Enterprise Software for three consecutive years in the CIO Insight Magazine Vendor Value study. Red Hat provides high-quality, low-cost technology with its operating system platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, together with applications, management and Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) solutions, including the JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite. Red Hat also offers support, training and consulting services to its customers worldwide.

About InCentric Solutions

InCentric Solutions is a technology solutions provider offering hardware, software, operating system and certified professional services.

About iContact

With more than 13,000 customers, iContact is the first on-demand application in the world to allow businesses to manage all their online communications in one central platform. iContact allows for easy creation of email newsletters, blogs, RSS feeds, surveys, and autoresponders. Market leaders like Bank of America, Ford, Intuit, Vonage, Symantec, International Paper, LG Electronics, ReMax, United Colors of Benetton, and Centex Homes, use iContact to build stronger relationships with their customers and prospects at a fraction of the cost of traditional marketing methods.

About LemaCreative

LemaCreative is a design firm. Our work shifts perceptions, changes behavior, and strengthens relationships. The firm specializes in comprehensive, business critical communication systems.

About Jim Dickens Printing & Promotional Products

Jim Dickens Printing & Promotional Products, Inc. is a full-service provider of traditional business forms, financial documents, commercial printing, promotional products, and embroidered apparel.

About WRAL Local Tech Wire

WRAL Local Tech Wire, a daily Web publication, covers high-tech, life science, biotechnology, venture capital and related industries in the Carolinas and Georgia. It is part of Capitol Broadcasting’s New Media Group.