• Staff

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  • Sam Taylor, JD, President

    Sam Taylor was active in the formation of NCBIO in 1994, and has served the Organization in various capacities, including chief administrative officer and lobbyist since that time.  In his current role, he is responsible the Organization’s strategic direction including the public policy agenda for NCBIO and its members in advocating before the North Carolina General Assembly, state executive agencies and North Carolina’s delegation to Congress.


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  • Laura Gunter, MBA, Membership Development Director & Government Affairs

    Laura Gunter works with Sam Taylor on advocacy at the General Assembly and also with the North Carolina Congressional delegation.  She also recruits new members to the organization and develops the forums and networking opportunities for members.


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  • Brenda J. Summers, MPA, EdD, Director of Communications, Operations and Projects

    Brenda Summers directs communications activities for NCBIO including the planning and writing for social media, the newsletter and news releases.  She works with Laura Gunter and members in developing topics and securing speakers for the annual meeting and with planning forums and the Legislative Reception.  She assists John Wagner with the Biotech Manufacturers Forum and with the education partners in the NCBioImpact training program. She also oversees the day-to-day operations of NCBIO.  


  • Amber Niebauer, Events Director

    Amber Niebauer coordinates and directs NCBIO’s events and networking opportunities for our members. She oversees event planning, including developing topics and securing speakers for the Forums, Annual Meeting and Legislative Reception. Amber previously served as a program and resource development manager at the NC Biotechnology Center.


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  • John Wagner, Program Manager, Biotech Manufacturers Forum

    John Wagner works with the biomanufacturing companies and affiliate organizations in sharing knowledge and best practices that engage and facilitate the development of new and innovative ways to support business.  He also works with the education partners in the NCBioImpact training program to ensure that the companies have access to trained workers as they expand sites or replace retiring workers.  John was the site manager for the start up of the Merck facility in Durham. 


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