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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – A new life science organization in North Carolina will have its coming out party on Wednesday.

The , or COIN, is having its first , a networking event to not only introduce the group to the region’s tech and medical community but also to give executives a chance to network.

COIN is funded by a $2.5 million grant from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. The aim of the group is to help drive development in the emerging fields of nanotechnology and possible use in drug development and other medical applications.

“These events offer executives and entrepreneurs of North Carolina-based nanobiotechnology companies and others involved in this exciting field an opportunity to discuss key business issues and build relationships,” COIN says.

“Roundtable events will be hosted several times a year around the state and will feature presentations by CEOs and thought leaders on topics relevant to the business needs and opportunities for nanobio companies.”

The event is scheduled at the RTP Foundation headquarters, 12 Davis Drive, RTP.

To attend, contact Clare Valcore (919 782-1991, ext. 302) or send e-mail (

The next event is scheduled in Greensboro on Nov. 17.

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