W-S to host Regenerative Med forum – The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area

The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area
Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Translational Regenerative Medicine Foundation will hold a three-day forum on “Drivers and Strategies for Healthcare Innovation and Personalized Medicine” in Winston-Salem in April, according to an announcement.
More than 40 speakers, panelists and moderators are already confirmed for the event, according to the Foundation, which was formed in 2005 by Dr. Anthony Atala of Wake Forest University’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

Atala will be among the featured speakers, along with scientists and investors from organizations such as the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, the U.S. Army Medical Command, the Kauffman Foundation and several venture capital firms.

Regenerative medicine uses techniques and devices such as tissue-engineered scaffolds and stem cells to replace damaged or diseased cells in the body. At Wake Forest, Atala’s laboratory is involved in research aimed a being able to replace failed organs such as kidneys or bladders with new organs grown from a patient’s own cells, and to repair damage to limbs and tissue suffered by soldiers in combat, among other applications.

Read about this on The Business Journal site

WFU organizes translational science effort – The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area

The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area
Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wake Forest University’s Translational Science Institute will organize itself around four programs and four specialized centers as it pursues its mission of translating medical research into improved health care, according to an announcement.

The Institute functions in support of research conducted at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, said Dr. Charles “Cash” McCall, director of the TSI.

“To best support this mission, the Wake Forest Baptist leadership is committed to building an infrastructure that facilitates and supports the clinical and translational research initiatives within our institution, with our academic partners and our community collaborators,” McCall said.

Each of the four programs provide functions enabling research to be translated into health care, while the centers provide the assets that allow for program activities.

The four programs are:

  • Clinical and translational research facilitation, which will expand services in support of clinical trial research
  • Community engagement and implementation, which will bring together community organizations, faculty and health care providers to focus research on relevant topics
  • Innovation and technologies, which will provide an incubator program for entrepreneurial activities
  • a Translation Research Academy, which will serve as the administrative home for educational activities.
    The specialized centers organized under the TSI will be in the areas of Biomedical Research Informatics, Primate Models of Chronic Diseases; Genomics and Personalized Medicine; and Population Science and Research Design.

Read about this on The Business Journal site

W-S Forsyth partners create jobs portal – The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area

The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area
Thursday, December 17, 2009

Several community partners in Forsyth County Winston-Salem have joined to create WinstonWorks.org, a new Web site aimed at helping job seekers find employment opportunities and assisting companies with creating jobs.
At an announcement Thursday at the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Allen Joines said he’s challenged each of the county’s 8,500 employers to create one job in 2010.

“A local economy is always changing,” Joines said. “You always need a strong economic development program to replace jobs. But if employers add one, two, three jobs at a time, that’s how we’re going to chip away. That’s the way we’re going to pull ourselves out of this.”

The WinstonWorks.org site includes resources for job seekers and employers in one location. The consortium that created it also plans events, training seminars and outreach efforts. The consortium includes the chamber, Consumer Credit Counseling, The Enrichment Center, the Experiment in Self-Reliance program, Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, Forsyth Technical College, N.C. Employment Security Commission, Northwest Piedmont Workforce Development Board, Professionals in Transition, Vocational Rehabilitation and the Winston-Salem Urban League.

So far, WinstonWorks has received commitments from local employers to create 100 jobs and internships.

Read about this on The Business Journal site

Gov. Perdue Establishes the NC Innovation Council

Gov. Perdue Establishes the NC Innovation Council

Gov. Perdue on Monday announced the creation of the first North Carolina Innovation Council. The purpose of the Council is to foster strategic investments and policies in the growing knowledge and innovation economy. Perdue made the announcement after touring a lab in the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Winston-Salem.

“To continue growing jobs in North Carolina we must make sure this state is poised to compete globally in the 21st century,” said Perdue. “Innovation is North Carolina’s launch pad to success in the global economy, and it’s a primary way for us to maintain and sharpen our competitive edge.”

Executive Order No. 29 establishes the North Carolina Innovation Council and empowers it to advise the Governor on:

  • coordinating public and private investments and policies to promote innovation;
  • moving innovative ideas from the lab to the marketplace more efficiently; and
  • strengthening collaboration among business, academia, state and local government.

The Council’s membership will draw on a broad spectrum of expertise in entrepreneurship, science, academia and government. It will be co-chaired by Steve Nelson, managing partner of the Wakefield Group, and Al Delia, senior advisor to the Governor.

Read about this on www.regenerativemedicinefoundation.org

N.C. growth third-highest in U.S. – The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area

N.C. growth third-highest in U.S.

The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area
Wednesday, December 23, 2009

North Carolina’s population grew by 134,000 in the 12 months from July 1, 2008, the third largest gain of residents in the country.

Only Texas, with an increase of 478,000 residents, and California with an increase of 381,000 people were ahead of the Tar Heel state in terms of increase in the number of people.

In terms of percentage gain, North Carolina had a 1.4 percent population growth rate between 2008 and 2009, the ninth-highest in the nation.

North Carolina’s population stands at an estimated 9,380.884, up from 9,247,134 in 2008, according to the new report. The nation’s population is now estimated at 307,006,550, up from 304,374,846 last year.
The Census Bureau state population estimates are the last to be released before the agency conducts its official census of the nation next year as mandated by the Constitution.

In terms of the percentage of population growth between 2008 and 2009, Wyoming led the nation with a 2.12 percent growth to 544,270; Utah was up 2.10 percent to 2.8 million; and Texas was up 1.97 percent to 24.8 million residents.

California still has more people than any other state (37 million), followed by Texas (24.8 million), New York (19.5 million), Florida (18.5 million) and Illinois (12.9 million).

Three states lost people over the last year: Michigan (down 0.33 percent), Maine (down 0.11 percent) and Rhode Island (down 0.03 percent).

Read about this on The Business Journal site