UNCW to host biotech event featuring 12 startup pitches

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Newsroom | 0 comments

WILMINGTON, N.C. – UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is hosting an event that will include pitches from 12 biotech startups as well as a tour of the Marine Biotechnology Center in North Carolina. Here are the details: UNCW announcement UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will host a breakfast event on February 26 with pitches from local businesses, panels with industry insiders and a tour of the MARBIONC (Marine Biotechnology in North Carolina) Building and NextGlass lab.. Beginning at 8:30 a.m., 12 local life science companies will...

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University of Florida and Tampa-based Morphogenesis developing innovative device for capturing rare cells

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Newsroom | 0 comments

TAMPA, FL. – Senior engineering students and faculty at the University of Florida in Gainesville are partnering with biotech cell and gene therapy company Morphogenesis, Inc. in Tampa to design an advanced, fully automated cell separation system capable of capturing rare cells – such as stem cells – and circulating tumor cells. The device is based on Polymer Antibody Cell Separator (PACS™) technology, and is patented by Morphogenesis, Inc. It will significantly advance the speed and efficiency of rare cell isolation from large volumes of complex mixtures of cells, such as...

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SCRA Technology Ventures Announces Funding

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SUMMERVILLE, S.C. – SCRA Technology Ventures’ SC Launch program today announced that client company Aptus, LLC has received a University Start-up Assistance Program (USAP) award. The Upstate-based cardiovascular bioreactor company accelerates tissue-engineering and regenerative-medicine efforts. USAP awards are intended to support university-based, early-stage company and prototype development preliminary to consideration as an SC Launch investment. “Outstanding companies like Aptus are bringing innovations and technology-based jobs to South Carolina’s economy, and we look...

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Vigilant Biosciences pulls in $5.5 mln

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MIAMI, FL. – Vigilant Biosciences, Inc. (“Vigilant”), a leading innovator and developer of solutions that aid in the early detection and intervention of cancer, announced today the successful completion of a $5.5 million Series B round of funding, bringing the total amount of funding raised to date to $7.8 million. The financing includes investments by White Owl Capital Partners, venVelo, the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research and several existing investors, as well as a group of private and angel investors with a commitment to the life sciences. Vigilant...

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Glaxo picks RTP over Philly

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – GlaxoSmithKline will make Research Triangle Park its sole U.S. headquarters and cut almost 2,000 sales jobs, the company said Wednesday. The move eliminates the dual headquarters that London-based GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK) has had in the U.S. since the 2000 merger that created GSK. Since that deal, which combined Glaxo Wellcome with SmithKline Beecham, GSK has had one U.S. headquarters in RTP – the home base of Glaxo Wellcome – and another in Philadelphia, former home of SmithKline Beecham’s American headquarters. Company spokeswoman Mary Anne...

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Better Walk Closes $450,000 in Series A Funding

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Newsroom | 0 comments

ATLANTA, GA. – Better Walk, an Atlanta-based medical device company, closed a Series A round of $450,000 this past week. This is the company’s third round of funding to date, bringing the total funding raised to $600,000. “The funding will help us to continue down the path of manufacturing and distributing the Better Walk Crutch to patients who need it” The round was led by MB Venture Partners, a Memphis-based venture capital firm. Gary Stevenson, co-founder and Managing Partner, will join the Better Walk board of directors. “The funding will help us to continue down...

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