One of the oldest and largest biotechnology conferences in the Southeast will feature the N.C. Research Campus.

The fledgling biotech hub in Kannapolis scored a one-hour panel discussion at Biotech 2009, the 18th annual conference hosted by the Council for Entrepreneurial Development in Raleigh.

Research Campus officials were "happy to receive a significant spot" on the Feb. 17 agenda, said Clyde Higgs, business recruiter for campus developer Castle & Cooke North Carolina.

"There has been a lot of interest here in wanting to know what is going on at the Research Campus," said Joan Siefert Rose, president of the CED, a non-profit business-support organization based in the Research Triangle Park.