GREENSBORO, N.C. – Eight organizations are combining resources to formally launch the Piedmont Triad International Bioscience Business Center.

The center is seen as a boost to regional business recruitment and development, especially since the Piedmont Triad Entrepreneurial Network shut down earlier this year. It will coordinate regional efforts to recruit and develop life science companies and will be managed by the

Other participants include the , which is directing statewide efforts to grow North Carolina’s life science industry. The Biotech Center already maintains an office in the Piedmont and is backing startup efforts for other endeavors, such as nanotechnology.

“The International Bioscience Business Center has the potential to truly streamline the entry process for bioscience companies looking at North Carolina and specifically the Piedmont Triad Region and to have an important economic impact over the next few years,” said Gwyn Riddick, the Piedmont regional director for the Biotech Center.

Other partners include:

• Forsyth Technical Community College

• Winston Salem Chamber of Commerce

• Duke Energy

• Guilford Technical Community College

• Piedmont Triad Research Park

• Gateway University Research Park

The formal agreement about launch and management of the center was signed Monday.

“With the partnership of the NC Biotechnology Center and the support of the research parks, the Winston-Salem Chamber, the community colleges, and Duke Energy, this collaboration is going to be really successful,” said Rob Clapper, president of the Greensboro Chamber.

Offerings from the center will include:

• Business organization

• Intellectual property protection

• Regulatory counseling

• Market channel development

• Connections to capital for international bioscience companies wanting to locate in the region

The partners agreed to use existing space at current facilities to house new companies.