Wednesday, September 28, 2011

24 Top Young Southeastern Life Science Firms to Strut Their Stuff at Investor Forum

SEBIO Investor Forum

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September 28, 2011

24 Top Young Southeastern Life Science Firms to Strut Their Stuff at Investor Forum

Creative new drug therapies, advanced medical devices, diagnostics and nanotechnologies from throughout the Southeast will be in the spotlight November 2 and 3 during the 2011 Southeast BIO Investor Forum at the Washington Duke Inn in Durham, N.C.

Entrepreneurs representing 24 of the most promising bioscience companies in the seven-state region will solicit advice and venture capital during the annual life science confab sponsored by Southeast BIO (SEBIO), the regional nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the growth of the Southeast's life sciences industry.

Eight MAIN/Stage presenters and 16 EARLY/Stage companies were picked by a selection committee of regional and national venture capitalists. Ten were from North Carolina, four each from South Carolina and Florida, two each from Tennessee and Virginia, and one each from Georgia and Alabama.

The MAIN/Stage presenting companies have generally completed at least one round of institutional financing and will each have the opportunity to make a 10-minute pitch to the full conference audience on the afternoon of November 2.

Those companies chosen for the EARLY/Stage event are seeking their first rounds of venture capital and/or angel investment. During the Investor Forum, the companies will participate in a private advisory session led by active early-stage investors, entrepreneurs and experienced life science managers and service providers.

Four EARLY/Stage companies will be selected to present to the full conference audience, and an overall "winner" will be announced at the closing lunch.

"Scientific discovery and innovation haven't stopped, despite the current economic slowdown," said Douglas Reed, Chair of the SEBIO Selection Committee and General Partner at Hatteras Venture Partners.

"We are very pleased to be able to showcase a large number of highly promising companies at SEBIO this year. Many of these emerging companies are well on their way to developing important new products or services that will improve treatment options for patients and physicians."

Since 1999, companies that have participated in the SEBIO Investor Forum have raised more than $2.5 billion in public and private offerings, making it the region's most successful venue for linking industry investors with the Southeast's top life science companies.

Companies chosen for presentations at this year’s event include:


  • ABT Molecular Imaging, Inc. (Knoxville, TN)
  • Altor BioScience Corp. (Miramar, FL)
  • CivaTech Oncology (Research Triangle Park, NC)
  • Elenza, Inc. (Roanoke, VA)
  • Envoy Therapeutics, Inc. (Jupiter, FL)
  • Liquidia Technologies (Research Triangle Park, NC)
  • Metabolon, Inc. (Durham, NC)
  • Viamet Pharmaceuticals (Morrisville, NC)


  • ActivBiotics Pharma (Tucker, GA)
  • Arborvax, Inc. (Raleigh, NC)
  • Claro Scientific, LLC (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • Clinical Sensors, Inc. (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • GLG Pharma, LLC (Jupiter, FL)
  • G-Zero Therapeutics (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • iTi Health (Crozet, VA)
  • KOR Therapies, LLC (Hoover, AL)
  • Lumena Pharmaceuticals (Durham, NC)
  • Madeira Therapeutics, LLC (Mount Pleasant, SC)
  • NellOne Therapeutics, Inc. (Oak Ridge, TN)
  • Pique Therapeutics (Durham, NC)
  • Smart Perfusion, LLC (Denver, NC)
  • Sphingogene, Inc. (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
  • Vitasol, Inc. (Columbia, SC)
  • ZYMAB (Charleston, SC)

To learn more about the 2011 SEBIO Investor Forum and to register, please visit: SEBIO 2011.

Monday, September 26, 2011

NIST Extends Deadline for Public Comments on the AMTech Program

To accommodate additional interested parties, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced a 30-day extension on a request seeking public comment on the proposed new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) program. The comment period now ends 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. For more details see

Michael D. Walsh


Monday, September 19, 2011

Join us! UCF CECS Homecoming Tailgate Party!



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Come home to UCF and join CECS faculty, staff, students and alumni for BBQ, games and giveaways at our annual CECS Homecoming event.

Saturday, October 29, 2011
Noon- 3:00pm
FAIRWINDS Alumni Center Lawn (near Gemini Blvd. North)

Join us for music, BBQ, beverages, tailgate games, crafts, and more!

Tickets for BBQ only: $10.00
Tickets for BBQ & homecoming football game: $15.00

Questions? Contact: Sarah Dillon at 407-823-1570 or

Black & Gold dress suggested

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Ocean Optics Appoints New President

Dunedin, FL (September 7, 2011) – Ocean Optics (, the world’s largest manufacturer of miniature spectrometers and related spectroscopy equipment has appointed Kevin Chittim to the position of company President. Chittim’s appointment follows the move of former President Robert Randelman to Divisional Chief Executive for Ocean Optics’ parent company, Halma p.l.c. 
Prior to his appointment at Ocean Optics, Chittim served as Chief Executive Officer at sister Halma company, Labsphere. During his tenure at Labsphere, Chittim led the company through a period of explosive growth, including a successful merger with SphereOptics in 2010, and establishment of a wholly owned subsidiary in Shanghai, China. Before joining Labsphere in 2007, he held executive positions at Radiant Imaging, Melles Griot, Newport and Spectra Physics.

Friday, September 9, 2011

LighTimes: University of Florida Researchers Develop Way of Producing Low Cost Quantum dot-based LEDs

September 6, 2011…Researchers at the University of Florida have developed a way to manufacture quantum dot-based LEDs at a very low cost. The researchers explained their development in an article in the current online issue of the journal Nature Photonics. The article indicated that moving a QD LED from the lab to market is a step closer to reality thanks to a new manufacturing process pioneered by two research teams in UF?s department of materials science and engineering.

?Our work paves the way to manufacture efficient and stable quantum dot-based LEDs with really low cost, which is very important if we want to see wide-spread commercial use of these LEDs in large-area, full-color flat-panel displays or as solid-state lighting sources to replace the existing incandescent and fluorescent lights,? said Jiangeng Xue, the research leader and an associate professor of materials science and engineering??Manufacturing costs will be significantly reduced for these solution-processed devices, compared to the conventional way of making semiconductor LED devices.?

Courtesy LighTimes

Seminar: 9.12.11 / CREOL 102 / 11-12pm / Seminar: “Modelling DC-Induced Nonlinearity in Optical Fiber” – Chris Sapiano

Seminar: “Modelling DC-Induced Nonlinearity in Optical Fiber” – Chris Sapiano


Monday, September 12, 2011 / 11-12pm

Chris Sapiano

University of Toronto


Silica glass, owing to its inversion symmetry, does not exhibit even ordered nonlinear susceptibilities. However it has been observed that heating and cooling a glass sample under the influence of a DC electric field (a process known as thermal poling) a significant second order nonlinearity can be induced. This talk will outline work towards modelling these DC-induced nonlinear processes in fiber. There will be specific focus on providing balanced comparisons between DC-induced processes and their equivalent third order processes.


Chris Sapiano received a B.A.Sc. degree with honors from University of Toronto in Engineering Science (physics option). During his undergraduate thesis research he worked under Prof. Li Qian on the design and construction of erbium doped fiber laser systems for use in passively mode-locked laser systems. Following this he fast-tracked into the PhD program in Electrical Engineering as a member of the Photonics Group. His research, supervised by Prof. Stewart Aitchison and Prof. Li Qian, has focused on simulation of various aspects of nonlinear generation in thermally poled silica fibers.

For More Information:

Ayman Abouraddy

Assistant Professor
raddy @ creol .ucf .edu

Human Side of Research: Building of Research Organizations

Human Side of Research: Building of Research Organizations


Friday, September 9, 2011

MJ Soileau
VP of Research & Commercialization, UCF

A discussion-based presentation about Dr. Soileau's experiences in building and leading research organizations through methods related to chaos theory and 2nd order differential equations.

For More Information:
Matt D. Weed
OSA, The Optical Society
Student Chapter President
mewed @ creol. ucf. edu

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Seminar: Doing Business in Multiple States

Olympus BioScapes 2011

I would like to invite you to submit several of your images and/or digital video clips to the 2011 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition, which will honor extraordinary microscope images of life science subjects. Up to five images or videos can be entered via the Internet. Entries for the contest can be uploaded through a web browser directly to the Olympus servers at the following URL:

The deadline for new entries is September 30, 2011. The winners of the competition are tentatively scheduled to be published in Scientific American. A note about the contest: First prize will be Olympus microscope or Camera equipment valued at $5,000. Nine additional winners will also receive valuable prizes from Olympus. Each person entering can submit up to five movies, images, or image sequences. It is not necessary for people entering the competition to be users of Olympus equipment. Winners will be notified in late October, and publicly announced in November, 2011.

Michael W. Davidson

National High Magnetic Field Laboratory

1800 E. Paul Dirac Dr.

The Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL 32310

Phone: 850-644-0542

Fax: 850-644-8920


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Networking 101 Seminar

You're Invited: ATHENA International Women's Regional Leadership Summit - Sept. 15 at Disney's Boardwalk

Please attend the ATHENA International Women's Regional Leadership Summit on Sept. 15th at Disney's Boardwalk. We're excited about welcoming Martha Mertz, the founder of ATHENA International, to serve as the keynote speaker. Martha is the author of Becoming ATHENA: Eight Principles of Enlightened Leadership. She offers a distinctive, transforming approach for leading in the 21st century. With survey research and real-life stories, she demonstrates how time-tested "women's ways" of leading have become the gold standard for great leaders of both genders, and the building blocks for success in today's global economy. She will be followed by two panel discussions featuring women of influence such as Karen Dee, Florida Regional CEO and President of Fifth Third Bank, and successful women entrepreneurs who have graduated from the ATHENAPowerLink program throughout the country

The event is open to business leaders, entrepreneurs, and women who are interested in volunteering for the ATHENAPowerLink mentoring program. The e-vite is below. I hope you can join us!

ATHENA International Women's Regional Leadership Summit

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Keynote Luncheon: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Educational Panel Sessions and Networking Event: 1:30 - 6:00 pm

Boardwalk Resort at Walt Disney World

Open to business women, executives and entrepreneurs who are committed to leading

their communities through development of their own companies or those of others.

11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Luncheon keynote speaker Martha Mertz, the founder of ATHENA International and author of Becoming ATHENA: Eight Principles of Enlightened Leadership.

1:30 - 2:30 pm

Women of influence who will address key success factors that are important in their leadership roles.

  • Karen Dee, Florida Regional CEO and President, Fifth Third Bank
  • Sherrie Duncan, Manager of Supplier Diversity, Progress Energy
  • Shelley Lauten, President,

3:00 - 4:30 pm

Successful women entrepreneurs talk about the mentoring support they received from the ATHENAPowerLink® program.

  • Moderator: Linda L. Stevenson, Senior Vice President, Women's Business Development Program, PNC Bank
  • Colleen Moore Mezler, President and CEO, Moore Research Services, Inc.
  • Hester Taylor Clark, President, The Hester Group
  • Stacy Ethun, President and CEO, Park Avenue Group

4:30 - 6:00 pm

Networking Cocktail Reception


The cost is just $85 per person and includes all the sessions, lunch, afternoon

snack break and the networking cocktail reception at Disney's Boardwalk Resort.


Please go to


If you have any questions, please contact Leadership Summit co-chairs:

Karen Keene at, or (407) 428-5155
Diane Sears at, or (407) 625-7197

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