Over 50 Breakthrough Companies to be Featured at the 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, has announced that over 50 of the region’s most innovative, disruptive entrepreneurial companies have been selected to be featured at the CED Life Science Conference 2017, to be held February 28-March 1 in Raleigh, NC. Twenty-four (24) companies will present live on stage at the conference. Entrepreneurs from each of these companies will share their story and pitch their business in front of 1,000 attendees including the most active, influential investors and life science leaders from across the country.


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The companies represent a diversity of life science sub-sectors, including: biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, medical devices, healthcare IT/digital health, diagnostics, drug delivery, animal health, consumer product, and AgTech. Featured companies were chosen by a selection committee made up of distinguished local entrepreneurial community members, including active angel investors, local and regional venture capital firms, community and corporate partners, and CED’s Director of Entrepreneurship Jay Bigelow.

Click here for a full list of the companies.

“The CED Life Science Conference provides life science entrepreneurs with unparalleled exposure and valuable connections. With a record number of applicants this year, we are able to feature more entrepreneurs on stage, from emerging startups to companies with significant traction,” said Bigelow. “North Carolina remains a top hub for life science innovation, and these entrepreneurs exemplify the opportunity to successfully start, grow and scale a company here.”

Bigelow noted that applicants listed more than 35 separate entrepreneurial support organizations that have assisted them as they build their businesses, including CED. In addition to the selected companies, a handful of growth-stage entrepreneurs will utilize the conference as a platform to publicly release exclusive, newsworthy updates live on the main stage.

From on-stage presentations to one-one-one networking in the Innovation Room, the CED Life Science Conference is the most efficient, cost-effective way to meet the top life science companies in the region. The conference also features high-level networking events and services including sophisticated partnering software. Partnering allows attendees to schedule private meetings to maximize connections at the conference; it is included with registration for entrepreneurs, investors, sponsors, and university professionals.

Attendees who register by February 2 save $75 and get guaranteed access to opening workshops and new networking lunch. To learn more about the conference and register, visit www.cednc.org/LSC

As always, CED members receive the best rates. For more information on becoming a member, please go to cednc.org/join.

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

About CED
CED is the largest and longest-running network for entrepreneurs in the country. CED’s network propels emerging Triangle companies into highly successful businesses. Members include a wide range of startup and growth stage companies, investors, corporate partners, academics, service providers, and individuals interested in benefiting from CED’s powerfully connected network. Read more at http://www.cednc.org.

About the North Carolina Biotechnology Center
The North Carolina Biotechnology Center leads life science technology based economic development for North Carolina by supporting the progression of ideas from research lab to the marketplace. NCBiotech invests in technology development through grants, in company development through loans, and in economic development through infrastructure grants. The Biotech Center’s programs and activities target emerging sectors and work across North Carolina to develop strengths that yield jobs in the life sciences.

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

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