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Schwab, bioMason, Neuse River grab nominations – WRAL TechWire Full Steam Ahead Awards

WRALTechWire will host its second “Full Steam Ahead Awards” celebration on Oct. 24 at the Full Steam Brewery in Durham. Ten individual leaders and five companies will be honored at the free event. We also will be recognizing several life-time achievement winners. Save the date! […]

October 17th, 2013|ALUMNI, bioMASON, Client Media Coverage, FFVC Media Coverage, IN THE NEWS|

First Flight Venture Center Celebrates Unsung RTP Success Story – Its Own and Its Startups

At a third annual pig picking celebration this week, entrepreneurs at the First Flight Venture Center pitched in to recognize the 37 startups currently based there and the achievements over the past five years. […]

October 8th, 2013|FFVC Media Coverage, IN THE NEWS|

FFVC President Featured in TBJ Article

If the Eiffel Tower were a startup incubator, would it still be an icon? Folks at Research Triangle Park hope a planned structure can be both icon and entrepreneurial hub. […]

September 29th, 2013|FFVC Media Coverage, IN THE NEWS|

First Flight Clients Novosynthetix and Advanced Animal Diagnostics in NC Bio Showcase

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. —Leaders of eight fast-emerging North Carolina agricultural biotechnology companies will pitch their wares to investors and other interested observers Oct. 10 at the 2013 Ag Biotech Entrepreneurial Showcase. North Carolina is home to more than 80 ag biotech companies, including headquarters and installations for five of the [...]

September 24th, 2013|Client Media Coverage, FFVC Media Coverage, IN THE NEWS|

Senator Burr: “We need more organizations like First Flight…”

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. […]

August 5th, 2013|FFVC Media Coverage, IN THE NEWS|

Deputy Secretary Gossages Visits Startups

Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bryan Gossage and Office of Science and Technology Executive Direction John Hardin spent time at First Flight last Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Gossage and Hardin explored the facility and met with client companies CertiRx, BaseTrace and NIRvana Sciences. They expressed their surprise at the number of [...]

August 2nd, 2013|FFVC Media Coverage, IN THE NEWS|

BioMason, Nova Synthetix and BaseTrace Receive Inception Loans

Three clients at First Flight Venture Center have been awarded Company Inception Loans (CIL) from the NC Biotechnology Center. […]

June 13th, 2013|ALUMNI, BaseTrace, bioMASON, CLIENTS, FFVC Release, PRESS RELEASES|

FFVC Receives Grant for Additional Wet Labs

First Flight Venture Center will expand it’s current infrastructure for wet lab spaces by providing a common space and centralized critical equipment for on-going research. […]

May 30th, 2013|FFVC Release, PRESS RELEASES|

FFVC Receives Economic Development Grant

The First Flight Venture Center (FFVC) has been a technology incubator for technology start-ups since 1991. FFVC has hosted over 200 comopanies, 65% of whom have become active contributors to North Carolina’s economy. In total, FFVC has contributed close to 800M in economic impact over the last two decades. FFVC is unique in terms of the programs and facilities offered to technology entrepreneurs in RTP. The primary goal of FFVC is to provide on-going business assistance through subject mateter expertise and mentorship. […]

May 30th, 2013|FFVC Release, PRESS RELEASES|

NC Biotechnology Center awards FFVC Wet Lab Expansion grant

First Flight Venture Center is requesting funds to expand wet lab capacity by 25%, increasing the amount of space available to start-up life science companies. […]

May 30th, 2013|FFVC Release, PRESS RELEASES|

RTP incubator opens doors to showcase start-up companies

The Research Triangle Park-based start-up hub First Flight Venture Center opened its doors Monday to showcase companies that have office or lab space at the center, such as one start-up that wants to commercialize environmentally friendly bricks made using bacteria. […]

April 2nd, 2013|FFVC Media Coverage, IN THE NEWS|

Congressman Price visits startup sector at First Flight

First Flight Venture Center to showcase firms for congressman's visit By WRAL Tech Wire Mar. 28, 2013 RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. —Technology incubatorFirst Flight Venture Center is getting a post-Easter visit from Congressman David Price. On April 1 at 10 a.m., Price is scheduled to hear presentations from BaseTrace, a [...]

FFVC Nabs Two 40 Under 40 Awards

The 40 Under 40 awards recognize outstanding professionals under the age of 40 for their contributions to their organizations and to the community. […]

March 26th, 2013|FFVC Media Coverage, IN THE NEWS|

NC IDEA Semi-Finalists include 2 FFVC Companies

Life-Sciences Companies Among NC IDEA Grant Semi-Finalists By Jeremy Summers, NCBiotech Writer March 4, 2013 This week, NC IDEA announced the 30 semi-finalists for its spring 2013 grant cycle and several biotech and life-sciences startups are in the running for some crucial early-stage funding. The organization, which is committed to [...]

First Flight Venture Center Celebrates 20 Years of Success

North Carolina Treasurer Janet Cowell and Bob Creeden, Executive Director of the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network will headline the First Flight Venture Center (FFVC) “Night of Stars” Gala dinner. on May 3rd, 2012 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. This event will be hosted at the beautiful RTP Headquarters building at 12 Davis Drive in the Research Triangle Park. […]

April 18th, 2012|FFVC Release, PRESS RELEASES|

Schwab Appointed President of First Flight Venture Center

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC - First Flight Venture Center has appointed Dr. Andrew Schwab as President of First Flight Venture Center. Schwab has served in an interim capacity since the passing of former Executive Director John Draper, in early summer. Schwab is a successful entrepreneur with over 20 years operational [...]

September 24th, 2011|FFVC Release, PRESS RELEASES|

Triangle Business Journal People Spotlight: Andrew Schwab

As president of First Flight Venture Center in Research Triangle Park, Schwab is charged with overseeing the day-to-day operations of a 16,000-square-foot facility that houses fledgling companies that are looking to grow. […]

April 15th, 2011|FFVC Media Coverage, IN THE NEWS|

First Flight affiliate competes in 2014 National Business Case Competition Scholarship Awards

RALEIGH, NC /JUNE 23, 2014 -- High school students from the RTP region competed this last weekend in the National Black MBA Association, Inc. (NBMBAA) 13th Annual Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) Business Case Competition. This annual competition offers a total scholarship pool of $30,000 for the top three teams. The Durham-Raleigh [...]

June 26th, 2014|Client Release, National Black MBA - RDU, PRESS RELEASES|

First Flight Sponsor names new partner – changes firm name to Nifong, Kiefer and Klinck

Jay Klinck announced as new Partner. Firm now known as Nifong, Kiefer & Klinck Patent Law, PLLC Jay Klinck has been named partner at Nifong, Kiefer, & Klinck, PLLC in Raleigh, NC. Klinck leads the Electrical Engineering and Computer Software practice group. Mr. Klinck has more than fifteen years of [...]

June 16th, 2014|Client Release, PRESS RELEASES|

FFVC Affiliate hosts high school student competition

TiE Carolinas Announces $5,000 Winner of the TyE 2014 program - award goes to WiREcycling WiREcycling high school team will be representing TiE Carolinas in the global competition and compete with 22 other teams from all around the world. Does the next generation have what it takes to compete in [...]

May 29th, 2014|AFFILIATES, Client Release, PRESS RELEASES, TiE Carolinas|

RTP start-up developing anti-counterfeiting tools for pharmaceuticals, documents

By snapping a picture with his mobile phone, Hersh Tapadia demonstrated how an app developed by the anti-counterfeiting technology company CertiRx Corp. could find fraudulent changes on a prescription drug label. […]

May 28th, 2014|CertiRx, Client Media Coverage, IN THE NEWS|

Big Launch Challenge Winners Revealed

3F, LLC, a novel nanotechnology fibers play from RTP, won The Big Launch Challenge competition in Danville, VA yesterday.  The challenge was a joint effort between The Launch Place, an Danville entrepreneurial organization and First Flight Venture Center (FFVC), the largest RTP incubator. The competition began with 31 contestants at [...]

May 23rd, 2014|Client Release, FFVC Release, PRESS RELEASES|

Inanovate, Inc. and Sanford Develop Technology to Detect Breast Cancer

Inanovate, Inc., a North Carolina-based company performing cutting-edge research alongside Sanford Health, has developed a technology to detect and measure multiple proteins for medical research and clinical diagnostics. […]

May 1st, 2014|Client Media Coverage, CLIENTS, IN THE NEWS, Inanovate|

BaseTrace Grabs Semifinalist Slot at Cupids Cup

Semifinalists to Compete for $115K National Business Competition Chaired by Under Armour Founder and CEO […]

February 15th, 2014|BaseTrace, Client Release, CLIENTS, PRESS RELEASES|

BaseTrace Awarded NC Idea Grant

NC IDEA, an organization committed to supporting business innovation and economic advancement in North Carolina, announced today that it has awarded $220,000 in grants this year to five North Carolina startups. BaseTrace was one of five grant recipients who were chosen after a highly competitive four-month application and selection process [...]

February 11th, 2014|BaseTrace, Client Release, PRESS RELEASES|

Dignify Therapeutics Receives Support from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center

Dignify Therapeutics LLC, a Triangle-based virtual drug development company focused on restoring bladder and bowel control to people with spinal injury, spina bifida, and other neurological conditions, announced today a Company Inception Loan award from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center (NC Biotech). Dignify Therapeutics is developing novel pharmaceutical treatments to [...]

February 6th, 2014|Client Release, CLIENTS, Dignify Therapeutics, PRESS RELEASES|

Dignify Therapeutics Announces Agreement with Integrated Laboratory Sciences

Dignify Therapeutics LLC, a Triangle-based drug development company focused on restoring bladder and bowel control to people with spinal injury, spina bifida, and other neurological conditions, announced today an agreement with ILS to establish a preclinical urodynamics pharmacology laboratory at their facilities in RTP. Dignify Therapeutics is developing novel pharmaceutical [...]

February 6th, 2014|Client Release, CLIENTS, Dignify Therapeutics, PRESS RELEASES|

Dignify Therapeutics Locates Offices in RTP at First Flight Venture Center

Dignify Therapeutics, a virtual  drug development company, has established its offices in Research Triangle Park at the First Flight Venture Center (FFVC), a well-known incubator of startup companies in the Triangle area. […]

January 28th, 2014|Client Release, CLIENTS, Dignify Therapeutics, PRESS RELEASES|

FFVC Alumni bioMason Featured in News & Observer

A bioMason brick is created by bacteria – not an oven – over a five-day process. Company CEO Ginger Krieg Dosier said the bricks, like conventional bricks, have a mineral smell. […]

January 20th, 2014|ALUMNI, bioMASON, Client Media Coverage, IN THE NEWS|

FFVC’s Nova Synthetix Grabs Finalist Slot in Cleantech Open Competition

Nova Synthetix of Chapel Hill, Bio-Adhesive Alliance of Greensboro and Tethis of Raleigh are in the Southeast Region Finals of the Cleantech Open, a cleantech accelerator. Trash 2 Cash Energy, based in Tampa, Fla. and Fiveworx of Knoxville, Tenn. are the other finalists. […]

October 19th, 2013|ALUMNI, Client Media Coverage, IN THE NEWS|

Schwab, bioMason, Neuse River grab nominations – WRAL TechWire Full Steam Ahead Awards

WRALTechWire will host its second “Full Steam Ahead Awards” celebration on Oct. 24 at the Full Steam Brewery in Durham. Ten individual leaders and five companies will be honored at the free event. We also will be recognizing several life-time achievement winners. Save the date! […]

October 17th, 2013|ALUMNI, bioMASON, Client Media Coverage, FFVC Media Coverage, IN THE NEWS|

Panacea Solutions and NIRvana Sciences selected as semi-finalists in NC Idea

NC IDEA, an organization committed to supporting business innovation and economic advancement in North Carolina, announced today that it has selected 24 semi-finalists from across the state in its 16th grant cycle to-date. […]

October 1st, 2013|Client Media Coverage, CLIENTS, IN THE NEWS, NIRvana, Panacea|

First Flight Clients Novosynthetix and Advanced Animal Diagnostics in NC Bio Showcase

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. —Leaders of eight fast-emerging North Carolina agricultural biotechnology companies will pitch their wares to investors and other interested observers Oct. 10 at the 2013 Ag Biotech Entrepreneurial Showcase. North Carolina is home to more than 80 ag biotech companies, including headquarters and installations for five of the [...]

September 24th, 2013|Client Media Coverage, FFVC Media Coverage, IN THE NEWS|

Panacea Solutions featured at CED Tech Venture

It should come as no surprise that CED’s annual Tech Venture Conference featured an array of companies offering business software solutions. But this year, a handful of companies pitched software focused on food. […]

September 20th, 2013|Client Media Coverage, CLIENTS, IN THE NEWS, Panacea|

bioMason Wins EUR 500,000 in Postcode Lottery Green Challenge

This is the largest annual worldwide competition for sustainable entrepreneurs who can instigate change. The challenge is looking for products or services that combine sustainability, entrepreneurship and creativity. […]

September 16th, 2013|ALUMNI, bioMASON, Client Media Coverage, IN THE NEWS|

bioMason to Pitch Richard Branson Sept. 12 – 17

bioMASON has been selected as a finalist in the Post Code Lottery Green Challenge and will pitch to Richard Branson Sept 12-17th in Amsterdam. There are 5 finalists competing for 500,000 Euros. "We are very, very honored and excited to be chosen for this Challenge", says Ginger Dosier, bioMason CEO.  "This is [...]

September 2nd, 2013|ALUMNI, bioMASON, Client Media Coverage, IN THE NEWS|

bioMason Featured in Cherokee Challenge

Cherokee-McDonough Challenge finale to showcase three startups By WRALTechWire RALEIGH, N.C. — Three Triangle startups will unveil their business plans and field questions as part of the of the 2013 Cherokee-McDonough Challenge, a business accelerator designed to find, fund and develop high-impact environmental startups. The finale of the Challenge will [...]

August 29th, 2013|BaseTrace, Client Media Coverage, CLIENTS, IN THE NEWS|

Excelerate Health Ventures Raises $5.1M

A new health care angel fund out of Durham, Excelerate Health Ventures, has announced the initial closing of a $5.1 million round. Dubbed the Physician Fund, it’s a professionally managed health care angel fund, with investments from a network of physicians, dentists, health care executives and angel investors. […]

BaseTrace Captures NC IDEA Spring 2013 Award

NC IDEA Awards $220,000 in Grants Bringing Total Funding Mark to Over $2.9 Million Funds to serve as catalyst for young, high-growth technology startups DURHAM, NC – June 13, 2013 - NC IDEA, an organization committed to supporting business innovation and economic advancement in North Carolina, announced today that it [...]

June 13th, 2013|BaseTrace, Client Media Coverage, CLIENTS, IN THE NEWS, PRESS RELEASES|

Advanced Animal Diagnostics – FFVC Grad – Raises $6M

Congrats to the Advanced Animal Diagnostics (AAD) team! Advanced Animal Diagnostics (AAD), a developer of rapid, on-farm diagnostics to improve animal health and productivity, announced today that it closed a $6 million tranche of Series B financing from Intersouth Partners, Novartis Venture Funds and private investors. Funds will be used to launch AAD’s [...]

April 10th, 2013|ALUMNI, Client Media Coverage, IN THE NEWS|

The Online Music Network (Zenph Online) raises more money

First Flight veterans Zenph Online Music Network are back in the fundraising game, this time with $512,000 in debt and derivatives issued to three investors.  Please see article from the Triangle Biz Journal here: The team has seen substantial growth for their game-changing on-line music lesson platform which connects industry educators [...]

April 3rd, 2013|Client Media Coverage, CLIENTS, IN THE NEWS, Zenph Online|

Congressman Price visits startup sector at First Flight

First Flight Venture Center to showcase firms for congressman's visit By WRAL Tech Wire Mar. 28, 2013 RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. —Technology incubatorFirst Flight Venture Center is getting a post-Easter visit from Congressman David Price. On April 1 at 10 a.m., Price is scheduled to hear presentations from BaseTrace, a [...]

NC IDEA Semi-Finalists include 2 FFVC Companies

Life-Sciences Companies Among NC IDEA Grant Semi-Finalists By Jeremy Summers, NCBiotech Writer March 4, 2013 This week, NC IDEA announced the 30 semi-finalists for its spring 2013 grant cycle and several biotech and life-sciences startups are in the running for some crucial early-stage funding. The organization, which is committed to [...]

Camras Vision Receives Phase I

Camras Vision, FFVC client, was recently awarded two grants (yay team)! Camras Vision is an opthalmic medical device company that has created a revolutionary device, the Camras Shunt, to treat glaucoma in a safe and effective manner. It has the potential to usurp the drug and surgical markets by being [...]

February 21st, 2013|Camras, Client Media Coverage, CLIENTS, IN THE NEWS|

FFVC Client CertiRx Raising Funds

CertiRx Corp. trying to raise $600K Lauren K. Ohnesorge, Staff Writer Triangle Business Journal Aug 17, 2012, 3:01pm EDT Medical technology startup CertiRx Corp. is raising $600,000 in equity, according to security filings. Five investors have invested about $300,000 in the latest round so far, filings indicate. The round is expected [...]

August 17th, 2012|CertiRx, Client Media Coverage, CLIENTS, IN THE NEWS|

CertiRx Looks for Dollars

CertiRx goes into medications to show how to spot counterfeit drugs By Frank Vinluan - MedCity News June 3, 2011 4:12 pm Few medical technology companies make their sales pitches by showing the glowing television commercial of someone else’s technology. But Tom Mercolino routinely fires up an IBM ad to [...]

June 3rd, 2011|CertiRx, Client Media Coverage, CLIENTS, IN THE NEWS|