Yost Chairs Regional Biotech Center Advisory Panel
NCSE President Steve Yost was recently selected to chair the Advisory Committee of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s Southeastern Office. The 18-member panel helps guide the activities of the Biotech Center across the Southeast Region’s 11 counties, programs that embrace job growth and business development opportunities in marine-based life sciences, agricultural biotechnology, contract pharmaceutical research and next-generation bio-fuels. The Center’s Southeastern Office works closely with local and regional economic developers, university and college educators, and private companies.
“Steve is a great asset for us, and we’re pleased to have him chairing our advisory committee in the Southeast,” says Mike Wilkins, senior vice president of statewide operations and economic development at the Biotechnology Center. Founded by state officials in 1984, the non-profit center is headquartered at Research Triangle Park. Wilmington is home to its Southeastern Office, one of five regional outposts the Center created in 2006. The Advisory Panel, which meets twice yearly at locations around the region, includes biotech industry executives, academic leaders and county economic developers. “Steve has been a big supporter of biotechnology,” Mr. Wilkins continues. “His heart has always been there.”