U.S. Senator Richard Burr will meet with First Flight startups on Monday, August 5, 2013. US Senator Richard Burr believes in not only talking about startups and his support, but also in spending time walking in the halls of First Flight Venture Center where many tech entrepreneurs live.

Senator Burr Visits First Flight

By: NCTechNews
August 05, 2013

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.–U.S. Senator Richard Burr will meet with First Flight startups on Monday, August 5, 2013. First Flight Venture Center is located at 2 Davis Drive, Durham, NC 27709. US Senator Richard Burr believes in not only talking about startups and his support, but also in spending time walking in the halls of First Flight Venture Center where many tech entrepreneurs live. Burr believes tech startups may have solutions tosome of the “real world” problems faced by our government and our environment today.BurrMercolino

“New business startups are the lifeblood of our economy,” said Burr. “With too many Americans still suffering in the midst of this anemic recovery, we need more organizations like Flight First to help entrepreneurs unleash their creativity and innovation.”

Burr is focusing on technologies used for military and intelligence operations, healthcare and environmental issues. Presenting companies will include CertiRx, bioMason, SciKon Innovation and MOM Delicious.

CertiRx develops and commercializes a proprietary platform technology for authentication and verification as well as track and trace of high-value products including drugs and safe or secure documents. bioMASON is a unique biotechnology that employs natural microorganisms and chemical processes to manufacture biological cement-based masonry building materials. SciKon Innovation’s industrial and academic experiences are focused on bioengineered 2D and 3D environment-cell interactions. MOM Delicious premium juice uses the native NC muscadine grape that grows in NC soils and is high in phytonutrients including ellagic acid and resveratrol.

The meeting at First Flight will include discussions with Andrew Schwab, President of First Flight, along with members from its Board of Directors and client teams.”

“We are pleased Senator Burr is able to join us today”, said Schwab. “Federal and local support are crucial to the on-going growth of our current 37 startups and those that will follow” indicated Schwab. “Many of our previous 250 graduates started wit an SBIR or other state and federal grant programs”.

About First Flight Venture Center: First Flight Venture Center (www.ffvcnc.org) is the original and largest RTP technology incubator which averaging 37 tenants on an annual basis. FFVC, originally spun out of the NC Department of Commerce in 1991, was established as a nonprofit to serve the initial needs of entrepreneurs and early stage companies. Today, First Flight is one of the nation’s largest and most stable incubators and has played host to more than 276 companies since its inception. A few of the most recognizable graduates of FFVC include United Therapeutics, SciQuest, Bloodhound, Ganymede Software and ExamDesign, Inc.