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Council for Entrepreneurial Development releases podcast on the state of biotechnology in North Carolina

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Joan Siefert Rose, president of the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) a private, nonprofit organization that promotes entrepreneurial efforts in the Triangle region of North Carolina, has announced the release of a new podcast discussing the current state of biotechnology in North Carolina and its crucial impact on the state’s economy.

In the podcast, W. Steven Burke, vice president of corporate affairs at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and acting president of the Biofuels Center of North Carolina, discusses why the biotech industry in North Carolina, the nation’s third-leading biotech state, is so dynamic. While North Carolina’s tobacco, textile and furniture industries lost 54 percent of their jobs between 1996 and 2006, the biotech industry has grown by 45 percent. Burke also discusses those companies that are the most notable in paving the way for North Carolina’s future in biotechnology. 

“The biotechnology sector in North Carolina has a rich history,” said Burke. “Given the proper attention, it is poised to help our economy navigate through tough times.” About the Council for Entrepreneurial Development: 
The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1984 to identify, enable and promote high-growth, high-impact companies and accelerate the region’s entrepreneurial culture. Headquartered in the Research Triangle Park, CED is the oldest and largest entrepreneurial support organization in the nation with more than 5,500 active members. CED provides know-how, networking, mentoring and capital formation resources to new and existing high-growth entrepreneurs through annual conferences, programs and web-based resources. CED has helped entrepreneurs, investors, service partners, researchers and public policy makers in diverse emerging industries and at all stages of development – from high-tech, production-based organizations to service companies, from one-person start-ups to 1000-person businesses. Visit for more information.

Carolina Newswire, February 13, 2009.


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