CED Announces Biotech 2010 Conference Sponsors

Research Triangle Park, NC, February 18, 2010 --(PR.com)-- CED, formerly the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (www.cednc.org), a private, nonprofit organization that promotes entrepreneurial efforts in the Triangle region of North Carolina, has announced the sponsors for CED’s Biotech 2010 conference, scheduled for Monday, Feb. 22 and Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the Raleigh Convention Center, located at 500 S. Salisbury St. The Biotech conference – now in its 19th year – serves as a premier life science event to network and learn about industry trends and opportunities in global health, personalized medicine, and the current funding environment.

Biotech 2010 will unite the Southeast's life science community to celebrate one of the biotech industry's most dynamic regions. For more information about sponsorship of CED’s Biotech 2010, visit www.cednc.org/biotechsponsorship or contact Stephanie Austin, CED development director, via e-mail at sdorko@cednc.org or by calling (919) 226-0474.

Headline Sponsor:
Alston & Bird, LLP

Platinum Sponsors:
Hutchison Law Group
Triangle Business Journal

Gala Reception Sponsor:
K&L Gates

Lanyard Sponsor:
Inspire Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

CEO Breakfast Sponsors:
Forma Life Science Marketing
RTI International
Statking Consulting, Inc.
Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton, LLC
Ontario Canada

Breakfast Sponsors:
Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC

Lunch Sponsor:
Poyner Spruill, LLP

Exhibit Sponsor:
Exhibit Resources

Public Relations Sponsor:
MMI Public Relations

Brand & Design Sponsor:
Clean Design

Furniture Sponsor:
Edge Office

Gold Sponsors include Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina; Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione; Business Wire; CEDRA Corporation; ClinPharm Consulting, LLC; CRB; Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Health Sector Management; Ernst & Young; GlaxoSmithKline; Grant Thornton LLP; Hughes Pittman & Gupton LLP; IDEA Fund Partners; Intersouth Partners; Lenovo; Laser Image Corporate Printing; MPI Research; Pappas Ventures; Pharmaceutical Product Development, Inc.; Progress Energy; Quintiles; Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan LLP; Talecris Biotherapeutics; Targacept, Inc.; The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences.

Silver Sponsors include BB&T; BD Technologies, Biotechnology Industry Organization; Biogen Idec; Campbell Alliance Group, Inc.; Clinipace; David H. Murdock Research Institute; Duke Medicine; Flad Architects; Gilero LLC; Harbert Venture Partners; Hatteras Venture Partners; IMPACT Magazine; IndiPharm; Max Neeman International; Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, LLC; Passé Intellectual Property, LLC; SalesForce4Hire; SCYNEXIS, Inc.; ShareFile; UNC Health Care; Wake County Economic Development; WakeMed.

“North Carolina ranks third in the nation in number of biotechnology companies,” said Murray Spruill of Alston & Bird, LLC. “CED’s Biotech conference allows Alston & Bird to show our strong support of this very important sector of our state’s economy. We are proud members of CED, and we look forward to an excellent event.”

“CED is grateful for the magnitude of sponsor support that has been shown for Biotech 2010,” said Austin. “As a privately funded, nonprofit organization, we rely on sponsorship to be able to continually host programs that benefit the entrepreneurial community.”

New Media Content:
CED blog

CED Twitter page

- The conference will be presented by CED, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and the North Carolina Biosciences Organization.

- This year’s sponsors range from local entrepreneurs to national firms.

About CED:
CED (formerly The Council for Entrepreneurial Development) 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 1,000-person businesses. Visit www.cednc.org for more information.

Jake Potter
MMI Public Relations
(919) 233-6600

Council for Entrepreneurial Development
Patty Briguglio