LaunchBio, Inc., a national nonprofit dedicated to connecting entrepreneurs with knowledge, capital and talent across the nation’s leading life science hubs, today announced “Larger Than Life Science”, a monthly event open to everyone interested in building a strong support network for North Carolina’s life science and healthcare innovators. The event will be held in the atrium level of the newly renovated Chesterfield Building in downtown Durham, NC, from 4-7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month, starting January 4, 2018.

Larger Than Life Science will offer multiple featured programs during each gathering, so participants can choose from a selection of practical workshops, industry partnering sessions, networking, meetings with investors, panel discussions, office hours, and some fun activities. The monthly programs will draw on LaunchBio’s network of national resources, as well as partnerships with local entrepreneurial support organizations. Larger Than Life Science will serve up refreshments from local breweries, and introduce companies and organizations that are contributing to make our community a great place to live and work.

“We hope that everyone who comes to Larger Than Life Science – entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, techies, pharma partners, executives in transition, service providers, support organizations and the simply curious – will leave with some new friends and the fuel for their next big breakthrough,” said Joan Siefert Rose, LaunchBio CEO. “We chose the name to show that we’re thinking big about including a broad range of people to support our life science and healthcare innovators. We want to create the environment for surprising, unconventional conversations.”

Rose said that The Chesterfield Building, at 701 W. Main Street in Durham, offers a unique setting for the monthly gatherings. “The building was the factory where Liggett & Myers manufactured Chesterfield cigarettes for more than 50 years,” she said. “Now the landmark building has been completely renovated to create a research and development hub, including the BioLabs North Carolina co-working space, our partner organization. What better place to show the transformation of our region’s economy, and demonstrate the dynamism and creativity of our workforce.”

Larger Than Life Science is sponsored by Hutchison PLLC; Michael Best; and CSC Leasing, Inc. The events are free and open to the public. Event partners include BioLabs North Carolina, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, NC Biosciences (NCBIO), Digital Health Impact + Transformation (DHIT), MEDIC-NC, and the American Underground.
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About LaunchBio, Inc.
LaunchBio is a nonprofit organization that identifies, counsels, and supports high-growth, high-impact life science and biotechnology companies. Its mission is to build an ecosystem of innovation for the benefit of human health and well-being.
About BioLabs North Carolina
BioLabs are the premier co-working spaces for life science startups- unique places where you can test, develop and grow your game-changing ideas. Our goal is to change how scientific entrepreneurs do business by building an ecosystem that empowers bioinnovators to grow quickly, while maximizing capital efficiency. .

About Larger Than Life Science sponsors
Premier Sponsors:
Hutchison PLLC is a boutique law firm that embraces the entrepreneurial spirit and steers technology and life sciences entrepreneurs to success through all stages of their company’s life. Hutchison partners with entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial-minded organizations to enable business solutions that make the law work for them, and advises angel investors and venture capital firms to support their investment selections to maximize their potential for success.

Michael Best is a full service firm with more than 250 lawyers who provide its clients with exceptional legal service and business acumen that has defined the firm for generations. With a nationally recognized IP practice with more than 140 lawyers and IP professionals — including more than 25 patent engineers, scientists, and registered agents, as well as 30 administrators — Michael Best provides a full range of legal services related to all aspects of IP. The firm’s professionals practice on the national and global stages in trademark, patent, and copyright law, including prosecution, portfolio management, enforcement, clearance, defense, and litigation. In addition, the firm’s FDA practice works with our life science and medical device IP professionals in guiding all size companies through the FDA regulatory process.

Innovation Sponsor:
CSC Leasing, a 30-year leader in equipment financing, maintains a successful track record working with start-up and emerging life sciences organizations, providing low cost capital for equipment acquisitions, including IT, lab, and manufacturing or production assets. We cover the needs of clients across the country with innovative and competitive leasing programs, which are flexible and tailored to meet a range of unique requirements – always with a focus on the long-term relationship.