The North Carolina Biotechnology Center is reaching out beyond the state’s borders to help put on a major biotech conference this fall.

“Our intent is to make stronger connections to federal funding and regulatory resources as well as venture capital for our companies,” a spokesperson for the Biotech Center says.

“These two things are so crucial for biotechnology company growth.”

The Biotech Center already works with the Council for Entrepreneurial Development to put on its annual life science conference, which took place last month in Raleigh.

The RTP-based organization will work with three other organizations to support the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Bio conference, which is set for Sept. 27-28 in Bethesda, Md.

Other partners include the Virginia Biotechnology Association (VABIO), Tech Council of Maryland (TCM), and Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA).

“The Mid-Atlantic region and its portfolio of federal government, emerging company and investment sector assets holds great potential for the life sciences,” said Biotech Center Chief Executive Officer Norris Tolson. “North Carolina, which has fostered unprecedented growth through three decades of attention to biotechnology, is delighted to join forces to promote the continued expansion of the sector and strength of the region.”

Read more about the conference here.

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