DURHAM – LaunchBio, the entrepreneurial organization focusing on growing the life science industry that is led by former Council for Entrepreneurial Development CEO Joan Siefert Rose, is kicking off a new monthly networking event.

Titled “Larger Than Life Science,” the first event is set for Thursday, Jan. 4, at the Chesterfield Building in Durham. It’s schedule to begin at 4 p.m.

Succeeding events will take place on the first Thursday of each month.

“We hope that everyone who comes to Larger Than Life Science – entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, techies, pharma partners, executives in transition, service providers, support organizations, and the simply curious – will leave with some new friends and the fuel for their next big breakthrough,” Rose, who left the CED in December 2016 after eight years and took the LaunchBio role a few months later, said in announcing the event.

Each program will offer multiple programs during each gathering “so participants can choose from a selection of practical workshops, industry partnering sessions, networking, meetings with investors, panel discussions, office hours, and some fun activities,” LaunchBio, a national nonprofit,  says.

Rose says the event’s name was chosen “to show that we’re thinking big about including a broad range of people to support our life science
and healthcare innovators. We want to create the environment for surprising, unconventional conversations.”

The Chesterfield Building is located at 701 W. Main Street in Durham. The former tobacco industry facility has been extensively remodeled and hosts  BioLabs North Carolina, a co-working space for life science startups. It is a partner of LaunchBio.

Events are free and open to the public.

Hutchison PLLC, Michael Best and CSC Leasing are sponsors.

Partners include BioLabs North Carolina, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, NC Biosciences (NCBIO), Digital Health in the Triangle, MEDIC-NC, and the American Underground.

LaunchBio launched in 2016 with the support of BioInnovation Labs, a network of co-working spaces designed and run by life science entrepreneurs. The organization focuses on life science communities where some of the co-working spaces are located: Cambridge, Mass; San Diego; the San Francisco Bay area and RTP.