RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (May 16, 2016) – First Flight Venture Center (FFVC), a science and technology incubator for entrepreneurs in North Carolina, would like to recognize and congratulate one of its own, Fred Hutchison, founder and attorney at Hutchison PPLC and FFVC Board Member. Hutchison, along with 3 other inductees received more than 80 percent of the eight-member selection committees’ votes, according to a statement from CED.

“Fred has served on FFVC’s board over the years as a past chairman and key contributor in defining the incubator’s role in the rapidly evolving startup technology community. I have had the pleasure of working with Fred’s guidance support and have seen firsthand his tremendous impact on this ecosystem over the last 30 years. We congratulate him on this well deserved honor from CED.” explained Andrew Schwab, President, First Flight Venture Center.

“I served on the CED Board with Fred and now on the First Flight Venture Center Board. He has been a mainstay of the entrepreneurial community for more than 30 years. There are many companies and individuals that would not be where they are but for Fred’s help.” said Mary Musacchia, Chair First Flight Board of Directors.

CED Founders Day celebration will take place at the Frontier in Research Triangle Park at 5:00 p.m. on May 17th, 2016.

First Flight Venture Center is located at 2 Davis Drive in Research Triangle Park, NC and has provided a link for registration for this free event on the FFVC website at


About First Flight Venture Center (FFVC)

First Flight Venture Center (FFVC) is a technology incubator focused on early-stage companies and entrepreneurs engaged in science and technology pursuits. Located in the heart of Research Triangle Park, FFVC was established in 1991 to cultivate technology and life sciences companies to enable them to graduate from its facility as financially viable and freestanding businesses.

About Fred Hutchison

Fred works with a variety of companies, from startups and university spinouts to publicly held companies, in a wide range of industries but with particular emphasis on the biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device, healthcare services, software and advanced materials industries. Fred’s practice is focused on corporate, venture capital, securities and mergers and acquisitions. He regularly counsels clients not only on their legal needs, but also on the business issues involved in starting and growing companies. Prior to founding Hutchison in 1996, Fred was a partner at Petree Stockton & Robinson (now Kilpatrick Stockton) and Moore & Van Allen. Fred spent five years practicing in the municipal finance, securities, banking and bank regulatory areas with Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C.