First Flight Venture Center Hosting U.S. Congressman David Price

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- First Flight Venture Center (FFVC), a science and technology incubator for entrepreneurs in North Carolina, will host Congressman David Price during National Small Business Week, May 3 rd , 10:30-11:30 a.m. The Congressman will visit FFVC to hear stories of why federally funded research grant programs are critical to First Flight companies. Four FFVC companies will present to the Congressman and audience their stories and backgrounds. This highly anticipated event is free and open to the public.

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In North Carolina, Congressman Price is known as a strong supporter of our universities and research funding, both basic and leading to commercial development. Congressman Price understands the importance of federal investments in biomedical, environmental, and technology research to the Fourth District’s economic success. From his position on the Appropriations Committee, he supported the effort to double funding for the NIH over five years and has pressed for a similar boost in NSF.

“Like many of the start-ups that incubate at FFVC, having federally funded research grants is critical for the creation and survival of these companies. First Flight has created LiftOff to increase the potential for our companies to achieve a higher success rate.” explained Andrew Schwab, President, First Flight Venture Center.

“We are excited to host Congressman Price at FFVC. By having our companies tell their stories they will demonstrate the importance of SBIR and STTR grant dollars and provide the real world case for continued and increased federal funding through its agencies to advance the commercialization technology developed here in North Carolina.” said Mary Musacchia, Chair First Flight Board of Directors.

First Flight Venture Center is located at 2 Davis Drive in Research Triangle Park, NC. Questions about this event, contact President Andrew Schwab at or to register for this free event, visit the FFVC website at

About First Flight Venture Center (FFVC)
First Flight Venture Center (FFVC) is a technology incubator focused on early-stage companies and entrepreneurs engaged in science and technology pursuits. Located in the heart of Research Triangle Park, FFVC was established in 1991 to cultivate technology and life sciences companies to enable them to graduate from its facility as financially viable and freestanding businesses.

About Congressman David Price
David Price represents North Carolina's Fourth District - a rapidly growing, research-and- education-focused district that includes parts of Alamance, Orange, Durham, Wake, Harnett, Chatham and Cumberland counties. He received his undergraduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill and went on to Yale University to earn a Bachelor of Divinity and Ph.D. in Political Science. Before he began serving in Congress in 1987, Price was a professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Duke University. He is the author of four books on Congress and the American political system.