NC COIN Hosts Noted Technologist Laban Coblentz at June 12 Show & Tell at NC Biotechnology Center

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- North Carolina’s innovative new facilitator of the movement and exchange of ideas, NC COIN (North Carolina Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology), recently hosted noted technologist Laban Coblentz at the NC Biotechnology Center for the organization’s June Show & Tell networking and education event. Coblentz, founder of the Tech Valley Center of Gravity (CoG) science business incubator in upstate New York, travelled to North Carolina to meet with local business leaders, economic developers, and educators to discuss the economic impact the CoG has had on his local community.

“The great things Laban and his team are doing to contribute to the economic growth of his local community are the types of things which can enhance similar efforts currently underway here in North Carolina,” NC COIN Executive Director Joe Magno said.

Founded in 2013 just 15 minutes north of the state capital of Albany, the CoG is experiencing significant growth on its way toward becoming home for between 30-50 companies in the energy, health care and manufacturing industries. The not-for-profit operation provides members with essential expertise and hands-on access to hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of professional equipment, tools, activities, classes and workshops.

At the Show & Tell event, Coblentz gave a brief presentation on the CoG, its history, and his approach to generating interest and support for its growth. Attendees interested in pursuing a similar technology hub here in North Carolina engaged in a fruitful back-and-forth with Coblentz, sharing substantive ideas and information.

“Great ideas are not limited to people in one geographic area or another, which is why NC COIN is dedicated to bringing the best minds from across the country here to NC to share their expertise,” Magno said.

Coblentz has helped CoG secure $3 million in investments for new high-tech inventions and processes in just 16 months as part of an effort to keep highly educated innovators and entrepreneurs from leaving the greater Albany region and starting their businesses elsewhere.

An avid proponent of the use of advanced technology for sustainable development, Coblentz is a writer, educator, science policy adviser, international civil servant and entrepreneur. Raised in an Amish Mennonite community, Coblentz served in the United States Navy, learning physics, nuclear propulsion engineering, and radiochemistry, serving four years aboard a Sturgeon-class nuclear submarine.

After the Navy, Coblentz held positions with the International Atomic Energy Agency and then Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), a research university in Troy, as Chief of Staff and Associate Vice President of Policy and Planning on his way toward founding the CoG.

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NC COIN is in the process of announcing additional networking events, K-12 programs, educational conferences, and meaningful seminars throughout 2014 and beyond. The organization is dedicated to engaging a diverse community of active technology leaders through sought-after events, corporate connections, and innovative community programming in a variety of advanced and novel life science related technologies that impact and improve the quality of life on earth.

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The North Carolina Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology (NC COIN) was organized to promote the economic development and application of nanobiotechnology and related technologies across the State of North Carolina by promoting innovation and commercialization in the fields of nanobiotechnology and nanomedicine. For information visit