The end of this month of Valentines could mark the beginning of some great relationships between North Carolina life science companies and venture philanthropy groups looking for partners.

It is, after all, the start of something big: the first date in a quarterly schedule for an important and useful Life Sciences Forum series at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.

The series will be aimed at strengthening the state’s life science community and driving innovation by highlighting options and opportunities.

“NCBiotech is pleased to have this opportunity to work with NC COIN and the sponsors to present this program,” said Joe Nixon, vice president of business and technology development. “We expect all the programs in this new Life Sciences Forum series to quickly become ‘must-attend’ events in the community.”

This inaugural session from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, February 29, is designed to reinforce how venture philanthropy can, and does, play an increasingly significant role in life science product development across this fast-changing funding landscape.

An interactive panel moderated by Christy Shaffer, Ph.D., general partner in Hatteras Venture Partners, will point out some of the benefits of including venture philanthropy in companies’ financing plans, effective ways to approach these groups for funding, and how venture philanthropies are changing their models to maximize impact.

The panelists bring world-class expertise to the program. They are:

  • Robert J. Beall, Ph.D., former president and CEO of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • James Rosen, deputy director, venture investing at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Joshua Sommer, executive director of the Chordoma Foundation

Reservations, only $25 in advance, $30 on-site, give attendees not only assurance of access to the limited seating, but also inclusion in a valuable social hour after the program.

“The Carlyle Conlan team is proudly sponsoring the Life Sciences Forums to provide the leaders of life science companies a venue where they can obtain useful, timely information from industry experts, as well as network with other leaders of life science companies,” said Brian McMerty, managing partner at executive search firm Carlyle Conlan, which is a lead sponsor of the Forums. “We are also sponsoring this series to support the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and the North Carolina Center of Innovation Network.”

It’s important to note that this program is different than the Life Science Forum luncheon meeting hosted by NCBio at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 17, also at the Biotech Center.

That event features a panel discussing how life science companies can use social media to follow trends, build product brands, handle a crisis and distribute information.

If you’re a North Carolina life science entrepreneur, or plan to be, you’ll be well served by attending both of these events.

Event details:

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