To meet the needs of a very diverse life science community in North Carolina, NCBIO has established the Life Science Luncheon and Forum and the Biotech Manufacturers Forum that allow companies with similar interests to discuss advocacy, policy, and industry issues central to developing their businesses. Members often share best practices and enjoy networking events.
Following adjournment of the General Assembly, NCBIO hosts a Legislative Forum with key legislative leaders to discuss outcomes of the session. NCBIO hosts an annual Legislative reception where members can talk with legislators about the life science industry in North Carolina.
Each fall NCBIO hosts an Annual Meeting for members with industry leaders as keynote speakers to discuss trends in the industry. Speakers have included: James Mullen, CEO - Patheon; George Scangos, CEO of Biogen; Thomas Pike, CEO of Quintiles; David Simmons, CEO – PPD; and RJ Kirk, CEO – Intrexon. Members also participate in panel presentation on topics such as Models of Doing Business, Working with Patient Advocacy Organizations, 21st Century Cures Legislation, Financing Trends and Success Stories.
NCBIO hosts a number of activities throughout the year for members on a variety of topics including education forums and networking events. A February 2017 Forum focused on Funding Opportunities for Life Science Companies. (Find out more on our news page about this and other recent events.)
The Emerging Companies Forum focuses on capital formation, commercialization, and best practices. The Medical Device Forum focuses on issues central to the medical device community. Other life science forums focus on legislative activity, CROs, patient advocacy and other timely member driven topics.
The Biotech Manufacturers Forum (BMF) helps late clinical and commercial phase biomanufacturing companies -- and related firms such as vendors and service providers -- share information and address common concerns. BMF also provides a platform for North Carolina's biomanufacturing community to discuss and address major strategic issues of common interest. In recent years, these issues have included workforce development and infrastructure.
BMF was a leading force in the establishment of North Carolina's internationally recognized NCBioImpact worker training consortium, which provides dedicated learning and hands-on training programs for North Carolinians seeking employment opportunities in the biomanufacturing industry. Education and training programs are at BTEC at NC State University, BRITE at North Carolina Central University and at various community colleges through NC BioNetwork.
In 2016-17, the BMF held events on Millennials in the Workplace, Apprenticeship Training, Strategies for Implementing Six Sigma, and a Vendor Showcase.
For more information, contact BMF Program Manager John Wagner. Jwagner@ncbioscience.net