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Research Triangle Park, N.C. – July 22, 2015 – First Flight Venture Center (FFVC) enhances their board of directors with the addition of Jean Davis, CEO of MCNC, a technology non-profit that builds, owns, and operates a leading-edge broadband infrastructure for North Carolina’s research, education, non-profit healthcare, and other community institutions. Davis is also currently a member of the NC Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation.

“As CEO of one of the most dynamic organizations in the country, Jeans knows the struggles of building a company. She will share her international experience and commitment to economic development, in order to foster our resident companies,” praised FFVC Chairman of the Board Mary Musacchia. “Jean is a strong leader and we are fortunate to have her on the team.” Davis joins Norris Tolson, former President of the NC Biotechnology Center, as the second well-recognized leader from the Research Triangle Park to join our board since May 2015.

Davis is the former COO and director of international trade at the North Carolina Department of Commerce. While there, she focused on creation and retention of high-quality jobs by attracting businesses and supporting existing ones all over the state. Prior to working at the NC Department of Commerce, Davis was a partner at Empire Properties in Raleigh and co-founded Serentec, Inc., a company that provided pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and healthcare companies around the world with regulatory compliance and validation services. Davis also spent eight years in Europe, holding positions at IBM, Computer Digest Magazine and McGraw Hill.
“The innovative companies at First Flight are a perfect example of turning the incredible research and brainpower we have into job producing firms that bring innovative solutions to some key challenges of the day,” says Jean Davis. “To be part of a globally competitive world, we need incubators like FFVC where entrepreneurs can access resources they need to launch their products and services and reap rewards for the state by creating jobs and a vibrant, collaborative economy.”

First Flight Venture Center (FFVC) is a technology incubator located in the heart of Research Triangle Park. Established in 1991 to serve the initial needs of entrepreneurs and early-stage companies, FFVC has over 20 years of experience in producing high science, high impact companies that graduate from the facility as financially viable and freestanding businesses. This success lies in First Flight’s turnkey approach—the ability to enable resident clients to reduce both their initial capitalization requirements and their annual operation costs by providing 25,000 square feet of affordable office and laboratory space with flexible leases, shared business services, technology support services, and management guidance and counseling.