CED Announces Three Industry Leaders as 2015 Life Science Conference Co-Chairs

DURHAM, N.C. -- The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), the largest and oldest entrepreneurial support organization in the country, today announced the three co-chairs for the CED Life Science Conference 2015, taking place March 3rd and 4th at the Raleigh Convention Center.  Tom Pike, CEO of Quintiles; John Ryals, president, CEO and chairman of the board at Metabolon, Inc.; and Robbie Huffines, vice chairman of investment banking at J.P. Morgan will lead a conference program exploring new models of collaboration, innovation and convergence in life sciences.

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“We are excited to have such a dynamic, respected and accomplished team guiding this year’s event,” said Joan Siefert Rose, president of CED.  “Tom, John and Robert each bring unique perspectives through their diverse experiences, networks and backgrounds.  We believe these industry leaders will deliver a conference that surpasses the expectations of entrepreneurs, investors and partners – setting a new standard for the CED Life Science Conference and showing a region truly on the rise.”

The CED Life Science Conference is the leading life science conference in the Southeast, attracting up to 1,000 participants representing industry, research, investor, business and economic development organizations. The conference, which is held in partnership with NC Biotech and NCBIO, enables North Carolina life science entrepreneurs to connect with hundreds of venture capital, angel, and strategic investors from around the nation.

Co-chair Robbie Huffines, currently based in New York, has strong ties to the Triangle.  Huffines obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina and currently serves as a member of the University’s Advisory Committee for the Minor in Entrepreneurship.

“I am excited to be a part of CED and the effort to promote innovation in life sciences in the Triangle,” said Huffines.

Tom Pike believes scientific, therapeutic and analytical advances are combining with a healthcare landscape that is becoming much more integrated to drive profound shifts in healthcare. “This CED conference will provide attendees with unique insights into emerging models and innovation that promise to transform clinical development for better patient and business outcomes.”

The conference provides valuable opportunities for participants to learn from one another and build partnerships that advance research and product development, according to John Ryals. “I’m honored to be part of this event, because it opens so many possibilities for early-stage life sciences companies,” said Ryals. “Our goal is to bring innovation and investment together and raise awareness of all the impressive projects entrepreneurs are doing in our state.”

About CED
CED is the network that helps Triangle entrepreneurs build successful companies.  http://www.cednc.org

About NC Biotech
NCBiotech is a private, non-profit corporation supported by the N.C. General Assembly. Its mission is to provide long-term economic and societal benefits to North Carolina by supporting biotechnology research, business, education and strategic policy statewide.

About NCBIO
NCBIO is the trade association for North Carolina’s biosciences industry. The Organization has more than 160 members working in human and animal therapeutics, diagnostics, medical devices, and agricultural and industrial biotechnology.