To meet the needs of the very diverse life
science community in North Carolina, NCBIO has established membership forums
that allow companies with similar interests to discuss advocacy, policy and
industry issues central to the development of their businesses.
Descriptions of our existing forums are shown below.
Biotech Manufacturers Forum (BMF)
helps late clinical and commercial phase biomanufacturing companies -- and
related firms such as vendors and service providers -- share information and
address common concerns. BMF also provides a platform for North Carolina's
biomanufacturing community to discuss and address major strategic issues of
common interest. In recent years, these issues have included workforce
development and infrastructure. BMF was a leading force in the
establishment of North Carolina's internationally recognized
training consortium, which provides dedicated learning and hands-on training
programs for North Carolinians seeking employment opportunities in the
Emerging Companies Forum (ECF) provides a platform for NCBIO's small-company
members to discuss issues affecting emerging companies, including matters such
as access to capital, availability of wet laboratory facilities, stock option
accounting, technology transfer, and a host of other issues. Forum members
meet regularly to share insights and compare strategies for addressing small
firm challenges. The ECF also helps guide NCBIO's legislative advocacy
regarding these and other issues.
Medical Device Forum
Medical Device Forum (MDF),
formerly known as the North Carolina Medical Device Organization (NCMD) helps
NCBIO's medical device industry members share information and address strategic
issues of common interest. Most recently, MDF has taken an active role in
launching and securing funding for
Carolina's new advance medical technologies center of innovation.
Ibiliti has received a $2.5
million grant from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and is charged with
supporting the growth of North Carolina's emerging advanced medical technologies