Members of the NK Patent Law legal team recently participated in the Triad BioNight held at the Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons. Laura Kiefer, Ph.D., Lyle Gravatt, Justin Nifong, and Joe Shin were part of the large crowd on hand for the marquee event for the Piedmont Triad region’s biotechnology community.
One of the highlights of the event was the keynote by David King, CEO of LabCorp who spoke about obstacles as well as opportunities for growing innovation in the Triad. The Burlington-based global life science giant operates a sophisticated laboratory network, processing scientific tests on approximately 500,000 specimens each day in areas such including genomics and clinical and anatomic pathology.
“David talked about how great the Triad life sciences sector is, yet how it’s segregated from the Triangle and other localities throughout the state,” Justin Nifong said, adding that King also discussed how North Carolina does not have a sustainable model from an educational standpoint, ranking low in K-12 investments. He also discussed the growing opiod addiction in the state, in addition to other health issues.
“If it was healthcare-related, he talked about it,” Nifong explained, adding, “He absolutely killed it; he spoke longer than expected but the entire crowd was engrossed.”
In addition to listening to King’s keynote, the large crowd of life science professionals and innovators from Burlington, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem enjoyed an awards presentation and a good amount of networking.
“Our sponsorship and active participation in Triad BioNight is consistent with our long-term support of the growth of the tech sector in the Triad. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the success that the area has had as well as talk about where to improve,” Nifong explained.
The next big Triad-related event NK Patent Law will be engaging in is the upcoming inaugural Winston-Salem Venture Café event which will be happening May 4th. Titled, “Innovating Together – The Past, Present + Future of Innovation in Winston-Salem” the event will feature a demonstration by a girls’ robotics team and face-to-face networking with city leaders and local innovators at Inmar, 635 Vine Street in the Innovation Quarter of Winston-Salem. For more information visit www.venturecafewinstonsalem.org.
For more information on NK Patent Law’s intellectual property and patent services as well as the firm’s experience in the life science sector, email email@example.com or call our Winston-Salem office at (336) 793-8275.