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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Jim Roberts, a former executive with the N.C. Department of Commerce, is the new director of membership services and fundraising for the

Known as COIN, the group focuses on commercialization of nanobiotech in North Carolina and elsewhere.

Roberts, who also has been active in venture capital, angel investing and economic development, will focus on organizing events, increasing membership, and fundraising among other roles for COIN.

“Having started two entrepreneur development organizations and a successful angel investor network, Jim is qualified to help COIN evolve and grow as a client-driven organization,” said Brooks Adams, COIN’s executive director and president.

Roberts was business development manager for the International Trade Division at the Department of Commerce. He also founded the Blue Ridge Entrepreneurial Council and Blue Ridge Angel investors Network. He also was founder of FirstRound, a support organization for entrepreneurs in the Carolinas.

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