Showcase Opportunities for Emerging Life Science Companies at CED Life Science Conference 2017

DURHAM, N.C. -- The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), the largest and longest-running network for entrepreneurs in the country, announced today that company applications are being accepted for the 26th annual CED Life Science Conference, one of the nation’s leading life science gatherings, to be held February 28-March 1 in Raleigh, NC.

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Life science companies can fill out one application for two opportunities: 1) exhibited in the Innovation Room for one-on-one networking and/or 2) featured via a live presentation on the main stage as a Showcase or Lightning Round Company. Companies that are developing a product or technology in one of the following areas are encouraged to apply: AgBio or AgTech, Animal Health, Biotech and Pharmaceutical, Diagnostic, Drug Delivery, Healthcare IT/Digital Health, Medical Device.

The final deadline to apply is Friday, December 16.

Companies selected for the Innovation Room and Showcase/Lightning Round will maximize their exposure to over 1,000 expected attendees at the CED Life Science Conference 2017 including investors, strategic partners, industry leaders, researchers, professional service firms, and fellow entrepreneurs. Selected applicants will receive benefits including special investor exposure, a “show and tell” reserved exhibit table, exclusive promotion via the conference website and mobile app, live on-stage presentation, pitch scrub with community mentors, and access to the lowest registration rates.

To learn more and apply for the CED Life Science Conference, visit

“I have found the CED Life Science Conference to be the leading regional conference for life science business networking,” said Matt Kane, CEO, Precision BioSciences. “I can depend on making valuable new connections and gaining industry insight.”

Precision BioSciences was one of 14 companies chosen for live on-stage Showcase presentations at the CED Life Science Conference 2016. Of the fourteen Showcase Companies, five have raised a combined $30 million in the last nine months.

“Selected Showcase, Lightning Round, and Innovation Room companies are provided an exclusive platform at the CED Life Science Conference to display their capabilities, report on progress, and highlight successes. The CED team helps these entrepreneurs make numerous, valuable connections with investors and partners leading up to the event and in person at the conference,” said Jay Bigelow, CED’s Director of Entrepreneurship. “We understand that entrepreneurs are often ‘heads down,’ focused on building their companies, but this type of opportunity for exposure is vital to company growth. Company participation in the CED Life Science Conference provides exceptional value for the amount of time and money spent.”

As one of the nation’s longest-running entrepreneurial events, the CED Life Science Conference boasts globally recognized industry leaders as speakers, showcases the most exciting and innovative North Carolina-based life science companies, and connects these companies to a diverse group of venture capital and corporate investors via ample networking opportunities and sophisticated Partnering software. Partnering allows attendees to schedule private one-on-one meetings to capitalize on networking at the conference; it is included with registration for entrepreneurs, investors, sponsors, and university professionals.

To learn more about the conference and register, visit

As always, CED members receive the best rates. For more information on becoming a member, please visit

The conference is presented in partnership with the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and the North Carolina Biosciences Organization.

Media interested in attending the conference should contact Emily McLoughlin at or 919-800-7165.

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