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NCBIO President Laura Gunter

Laura Gunter


Laura Gunter leads the North Carolina Biosciences Organization as its president and directs the work of the life science advocacy association in conjunction with its Executive Committee and Board of Directors. NCBIO promotes policy initiatives that encourage the growth and success of life science companies doing business in the state by advocating for the industry before the NC General Assembly and the NC Congressional delegation. She works closely with state and federal partners on the advocacy and policy front.

Before becoming president, Gunter served as NCBIO’s membership development and government affairs director where she recruited new members to the organization; created forums, meetings and networking events for members; and coordinated outreach to state and federal legislators.

Before joining NCBIO, Gunter served as business development director for NCBiotech and as a technical sales representative for Fisher Scientific. She received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Virginia and earned a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Natacha Janvier

Natacha Janvier

Member Services Director

As director of member services, Natacha Janvier handles member recruitment, retention, sponsorships and general services for NCBIO members. Janvier came to NCBIO from Eva Garland Consulting where she was the business development coordinator. Before that, she was with NCCU’s BRITE for more than 14 years as a senior academic adviser and science recruiter. She also spent more than seven years as a scientist at GSK.

Amber Niebauer

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.

Brenda Summers

Brenda Summers, Ed.D.

Director of Workforce Programs

Brenda Summers previously served as NCBIO’s director of communications and now works with the Biotech Manufacturers Forum and other member companies on workforce, talent and training issues as the industry grows in North Carolina Her previous experiences includes consulting, teaching nonprofit courses at area universities, and working for nonprofits and government.

David Etchison

David Etchison

Communications Director

David Etchison is responsible for NCBIO's communications efforts, including its marketing, website, social media and email. He has more than 25 years of experience in communications, public relations and marketing.

Etchison served as director of communications for the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for 15 years and handled email marketing for UNC-TV before joining NCBIO. He also previously worked for East Carolina University. He holds a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from UNC Chapel Hill.

John Wagner

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.