Regional Overview

Community leaders engaged with us to grow this region’s broad-based cluster of biotech companies. The Piedmont Triad contributes advancements in nanobiotechnology, regenerative medicine, agricultural biotech, biopharmaceuticals and medical devices. The Center’s office here is located in one of the region’s two developing research parks.

 
Piedmont Triad Region Counties: Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Yadkin

Benefits

The NC BIONEER Venture Challenge benefits for the selected finalists include the following:
  • A 2-month period of intense mentoring assistance and networking opportunities.
  • Public and private events to enhance our connected networks of entrepreneurs, investors, and others in the region and beyond, especially as they relate to biotech innovation and commercialization.
  • Targeted assistance from the NC Biotechnology Center Life Science Intelligence team--e.g., industry and market research.
  • Wildfire Marketing Solutions: Services provided with a dollar-for-dollar match (up to $10,000).
  • Novex Innovations: Contract development services provided for 1st place finalist (up to $10,000).
  • A pitch challenge at the end of the assistance process, which will yield significant monetary awards, in addition to the invaluable mentoring and networking each venture will experience during the assistance phase.
  • Monetary Awards Totaling $40,000: Top Award, $20,000; Second and Third Awards, $10,000 each
  • Flywheel Coworking Tenancy and Membership: For the three regional finalists, Flywheel will offer a one-year, unreserved coworking seat at Flywheel in Winston-Salem with membership benefits; access to networking events; and a Venture Mentor Network.
  • Promotion in the region and beyond of our impressive community of biotech innovators, entrepreneurs, and ventures.

Statewide Challenge: The winner from each of the 5 regional challenges will continue to the statewide challenge for additional mentoring assistance, NC Biotechnology Center Life Science Intelligence team support, promotion, public appearances, and monetary awards.

Mentoring, Networking, and Awards Events

Because building professional networks to strengthen our entrepreneurial ecosystem is critical to venture success, selected finalists and mentors will be expected to attend the following events:
    • March 3, 2022 Kickoff Celebrations – Regional (All applicants, mentors, presenters, others)
    • March 10, 2022 Notifications to Candidates and Selected Finalists

Regional Assistance Period: Mar–May 2022

    • March 17, 2022 Networking and Mentoring Session #1
    • April 21, 2022 Networking and Mentoring Session #2
    • April 25 – April 29, 2022 Pitch Coach Individual Venture Team Sessions 
    • May 19, 2022 Networking and Mentoring Session #3
    • May 23, 2022 Judging Phase – Regional (Private meeting with pitches to judges)
    • May 24-26, 2022 Regional Venture Pitch Showcase and Winner Reveal (Public event)

The winner from each of the five regional challenges will continue to the statewide challenge for additional mentoring assistance, NC Biotechnology Center Life Science Intelligence team support, promotion, public appearance, and monetary awards.

Statewide Assistance Period: June 2022

    • June, 2022 Mentor Team Meetings and Training Sessions
    • June, 2022 Statewide Judging Phase (private meeting with pitches to judges)
    • June, 2022 Statewide Finals Venture Pitch Showcase and Winner Reveal at Triad BioNight

Round 1 Regional Finalists

Local entrepreneurial community leaders--such as entrepreneurs, business service providers, investors, company leaders, innovators, university partners, and others--selected the following ventures as finalists for this challenge. The winner from each of the 5 regional challenges will continue to the statewide challenge for additional mentoring assistance, NC Biotechnology Center Life Science Intelligence team support, promotion, public appearances, and monetary awards.

Kepley Biosystems Inc.

Plakous Therapeutics LLC

TheraBionic Inc.

Selection Committee

 

       Cindy Rothschild PhD, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP 

       Daniel Erb, PT, PhD, High Point University 

       Gary Green, PhD, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine & GMG Strategy LLC 

       Geoff Foster, MS, MBA, Core Technology Molding 

       Jerry Barker, Novex Innovations 

       Jill Keith, PhD, Winston-Salem State University 

       Kim Littlefield, PhD, UNC Greensboro 

       Michael Batalia, PhD, CLP, Wide Eyed Technologies LLC 

       Michael Kelly, Chair, NC Biotech Piedmont Triad Advisory Committee 

       Yonnie Butler, Alamance Community College 

Judges

 

       Johanna S. Dutton, PhD , Cone Health Ventures, Prinnovo 

       Lou Anne Flanders-Stec, MBA Launch Greensboro, Greensboro Chamber of Commerce 

       Walter Farabee, MBA Greater Winston-Salem Inc. 

       Sherine Obare, PhD, Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering 

       Sherry Scullion, MBA Scullion Strategy Group (SSG) 

       Malay Shah, MBA, Venture South 

       Megann Vaughn Watters, MBA, Lab Corp

Supporting Partners

Additional Partners

NC BIONEER Regional Contacts

Piedmont Triad

Name

Nancy Johnston

Email

Triad_NCBioneer@NCBiotech.org

Piedmont Triad

Name

Monica Doss

Email

Triad_NCBioneer@NCBiotech.org

Mentors

 

·       Rick Leander, LFB Holdings 

·       Rives Bird, Rives Consult, LLC            

·       Mike Bukovich, Vertical Curve          

·       Jeff Livesay, CopyForward Inc.

·       Michael Schafer, NM Venture Capital

·       Bobbie Shrivastav, Benekiva

·       Monica Doss, Business  of Science (ad hoc)

·       Cindy Rothschild PhD, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP (ad hoc)

·       Geoff Foster, MS, MBA, Core Technology Molding (ad hoc)

·       Jerry Barker, Novex Innovations (ad hoc)