Scott Betz has been appointed as the Interim Director of the Center for Design Innovation (CDI). He is also Co-chair of the committee conducting the search for CDI’s new permanent director, the vacancy of which was created by the former director’s career move to another state.
Innovation Quarter News
The unique individuals that live, work, learn and play in and around Wake Forest Innovation Quarter are a big part of what makes our community so special. Here are “10 Questions” with Elwood “Woody” Hudson, Security Officer in Wake Forest Biotech Place and one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.
What brought you to Innovation Quarter?
Security Officer position. I have been here since the doors opened in February, 2012.
What personal accomplishment makes you the most proud?
I have shot even par on two different golf courses
What is your hidden talent?
I have a green thumb.
Who is a local innovator you admire?
Richard Childress for establishing the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma.
Tell us about the last great idea you had or heard.
Tenant NanoMedica, Inc. is developing new microarray technologies in the hope of reducing the time and cost associated with discovering new cancer therapies.
What is the last song to get stuck in your head? Do you remember the lyrics?
“How Great Thou Art” by Elvis Presley…how could you not remember the lyrics?
What does innovation mean to you?
What old technology that’s no longer with us do you miss the most?
Rotary Phones. I miss the sounds they made when dialing a number.
Finish this sentence. When I grow up, I want to be a …
What’s the first word you think of when I say “work?”
We’re excited to kick off a new “10 Questions” series with the unique individuals that live, work, learn and play in and around Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. Our first interviewee was Dr. Eric Tomlinson, President of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter and Chief Innovation Officer of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Look for a new “10 Questions” posting every week!
1. What brought you to Innovation Quarter?
A fantastic job opportunity!
2. What personal accomplishment makes you the most proud?
Being a dad.
3. What is your hidden talent?
Keeping my private world hidden : )
4. Who is a local innovator you admire?
Phil Shugart, CEO of Carolina Liquid Chemistries.
5. Tell us about the last great idea you had or heard.
6. What is the last song to get stuck in your head? Do you remember the lyrics?
7. What does innovation mean to you?
A much desired, high value and novel product.
8. What old technology that’s no longer with us do you miss the most?
9. Finish this sentence. When I grow up, I want to be a…
Man with wings.
10. What’s the first word you think of when I say “play?”
Squash…the game, not the food.
Research Parkway, the new four-lane road through Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, opened for business today. The road connects Rams Drive (Stadium Drive) with Third Street downtown.
“It creates a major new entrance into Innovation Quarter,’’ said Eric Tomlinson, president of Innovation Quarter, a growing hub for biomedical science, material science and information technology.
The winding road, just shy of a mile long, was built for $8 million, with the state putting up $4 million and the city of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County the remainder.
“This road [doesn't] divide our community. It unites our community,’’ said James Taylor, Jr., city council member for the Southeast Ward. He was referring to the construction of U.S. 52 in the 1960s, which helped create an east-west geographic and racial split in Winston-Salem.
The next phase of Research Parkway, the Salem Creek Connector, will link to U.S. 52 and over to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive near Winston-Salem State University. Work is expected to begin later this year.
The opening of the road comes just one day after Forsyth Technical Community College announced it plans for a $7 million Center for Emerging Technologies at Innovation Quarter that will draw more than 1,200 students a year.
The center, to open in October 2014, will include lab facilities for the college’s nanotechnology program, a small business center, a corporate training center and offices for BioNetwork, the statewide biotechnology work force initiative run by the N.C. Community College system.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Oct. 21, 2013 – Forsyth Technical Community College, one of the fastest growing community colleges in the country, celebrated the conclusion of its Momentum Capital Campaign announcing a $7 million Center for Emerging Technologies to be located in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, a hub for innovation in biomedical science and information technology in downtown Winston-Salem. The 23,900-square-foot facility will open in Innovation Quarter’s 525@Vine building in October 2014 and draw more than 1,200 students to the heart of the city each year. The total amount raised during the campaign was $13.7 million.
“One of the key goals of our capital campaign was to fund a state-of-the-art educational center in Innovation Quarter,” said Gary Green, Ed.D., president of Forsyth Tech. “This new center and its curriculum will address emerging industries and careers throughout the Piedmont Triad area and support the growing research and development efforts underway in Innovation Quarter.”
Located within the Forsyth Tech Center for Emerging Technologies will be the:
- R.J. Reynolds Corporate Training Center, which will support the school’s corporate training partnership programs and provide services for Innovation Quarter tenants;
- Southern Community Small Business Center, which will offer workshops, seminars, individual counseling, and a resource library for business owners and entrepreneurs;
- Lab facilities for the school’s Wells Fargo Nanotechnology Program, the only two-year nanotechnology program offered throughout the Southeast, and the BB&T Biotechnology Program, the largest biotech program of any community college in the state; and
- Offices for BioNetwork, the statewide biotechnology work force initiative run by the N.C. Community College System.
“We are embarking on a significant relationship with Forsyth Tech with the addition of its new educational center in our urban research park,” said Innovation Quarter President Eric Tomlinson, D.Sc., Ph.D. “Innovation Quarter is an important incubator for the great ideas of tomorrow housing remarkable scientists, researchers and evolving companies that will provide a rich learning environment and unique career opportunities for Forsyth Tech students and graduates.”
Forsyth Tech’s new educational facility joins the recently announced Express YMCA as the second tenant planned for Innovation Quarter’s 525@Vine building. The former “90 series” R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company building, now owned by Wexford Science & Technology of Baltimore, is currently undergoing a renovation that is scheduled for completion beginning in early 2014. Wexford’s development investments in Innovation Quarter and Winston-Salem will total more than $250 million by the end of 2014 fueling a broad revitalization of the city’s downtown and supporting a new economy driven by innovation in biomedical science and information technology.
“The strategic placement of our Center for Emerging Technologies in Innovation Quarter enables us to immerse our students in a true landscape of the developing industries they are studying. The benefits provided by that proximity are boundless,” added Green.
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About Wake Forest Innovations
Wake Forest Innovations (WakeForestInnovations.com) is the commercialization enterprise of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, a fully integrated, internationally recognized academic medical center. Located in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in Winston-Salem, N.C., Wake Forest Innovations establishes and manages new business and partnerships based on the innovative products and services that arise from ideas, discoveries and the scientific research assets of the Medical Center and Wake Forest University. The enterprise’s core services include: Product Innovation & Commercialization Services – to stimulate the creation of innovation technology, products and services, and to license these to existing and start-up companies; Scientific Business Services – to structure, promote and contract the scientific research assets of the Medical Center and Wake Forest University to partners under competitive terms; and Innovation Quarter Services – to develop the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter as a hub for innovation in biomedical science, materials science and information technology.
About Forsyth Tech
Forsyth Technical Community College offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in 200 programs of study. Forsyth Tech’s Economic & Workforce Development programs promote personal and professional development with non-credit courses and seminars and provide customized training for business and industry. Forsyth Tech serves more than 35,000 students with approximately 1,500 full and part-time faculty. For more information, visit forsythtech.edu.
Foodways and Roadways, a documentary that looks at the changing landscape of food traditions among African Americans in the area around R.J. Reynolds Tobacco’s old downtown plants, prompted a lively discussion last week when it was screened at Wake Forest Biotech Place.
The film studies how nutrition and meal patterns changed over time with the construction of U.S. 52 and Business 40 through downtown Winston-Salem. The 16-minute film was produced by Jessica Pie, a graduate of the Wake Forest University Documentary Film Program, and Margaret Savoca, research fellow in the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention at Wake Forest School of Medicine.
Wake Forest Biotech Place itself was built from two former Reynolds factory buildings. The screening was part of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter’s “Boost! Lunch and Learn” program. In particular, the session focused on sharing a historical perspective of east Winston-Salem and the area surround Innovation Quarter.
Wake Forest Innovation Quarter will continue to be home to a key national project in regenerative medicine.
The Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM) is entering its second phase with a five-year, $75 million federal grant, and Anthony Atala, MD, director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, will be lead investigator for what is being called AFIRM-II.
Atala was a co-leader of AFIRM-I, a project that began in 2008. The Wake Forest Institute is based at the Richard H. Dean Biomedical Research Building in Innovation Quarter.
The goal of AFIRM-II is to use regenerative medicine to develop therapies for battlefield injuries.
“When warriors come back from the battlefield with serious life-changing injuries, it is our job to find new and innovative ways to help them,” said Gen. Joseph Caravalho Jr., commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick. “Ultimately, we’d like to create new treatments to repair these severe injuries as if they never happened.”
Regenerative Medicine’s Healing Powers
Regenerative medicine is a science that takes advantage of the body’s natural healing powers to restore or replace damaged tissue and organs. Therapies developed by AFIRM can also benefit people in the civilian population. AFIRM is a “results-focused” program that not only funds scientific research, but requires that discoveries be tested and compared so that the most promising therapies can be brought to clinical trials.
“The science of regenerative medicine is one of the ways we fulfill our promise to service members who put themselves in harm’s way,” Caravalho said. “That we will work our hardest and do our very best to take care of them.”
AFIRM-I resulted in clinical studies of face transplantation, minimally invasive surgery for craniofacial injuries, a lower dose anti-rejection regiment after kidney transplantation, scar reduction treatments, fat grafting for reconstructive surgery and new treatments for burns.
“The AFIRM-I teams were charged with conducting at least one clinical study of a new treatment for wounded warriors,” Atala said. “Instead, due to their expertise, collaborative spirit and dedication to the mission, there were more than 10 clinical studies of potential new therapies. We are honored to have the opportunity to continue this important work to benefit those who serve our country.”
Focus on Clinical Therapies
AFIRM-II is aimed at developing clinical therapies over the next five years focusing on:
- Skin regeneration for burn injuries.
- Restoring function to severely traumatized limbs.
- Reconstruction for facial and skull injuries through tissue regeneration.
- New treatments to prevent rejection of “composite’’ transplants such as face and hands.
- Reconstruction of the genital and urinary organs and lower abdomen including the bladder, anal sphincter and external genitalia.
Wake Forest Innovation Quarter is excited to announce a musical and visual art collaboration presented by Pamela Howland and Wendell Myers. This event is free and open to the public. We hope you will join us Thursday, October 3rd from 5 – 7:30 P.M in the atrium of Wake Forest Biotech Place. Guests will enjoy the first ten nocturne compositions of Frédéric Chopin, renown Polish composer and virtuoso pianist. Refreshments and cash bar available.
This is a preview event for the Chopin Birthday Festival Celebration on February 28th and March 1st, 2014 in Wake Forest Biotech Place, which will include live Chopin piano music performed by area musicians, Night Music Part 2 and other arts celebrating Chopin.
The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina has signed a 10,000-square-foot lease agreement to open an express branch in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, the fast emerging hub for innovation in biomedical science and information technology. The new Express Y facility will be located in the recently announced 525@Vine building and supports Wake Forest Innovation Quarter’s mission of becoming a place where people work, live, learn and play by adding recreational and exercise program offerings.
“The addition of the Y to Wake Forest Innovation Quarter advances our evolution of creating a dynamic epicenter of commerce and culture by providing services to support work-life balance and healthful living,” said Eric Tomlinson, D.Sc., Ph.D., president of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. “Along with our Bailey Park yoga series and social networking events, we are offering people throughout the city a place to connect recreationally as well as for business.”
Conveniently located for those who work in and live near Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, the new Express Y will open in spring 2014 offering two group exercise rooms, a comprehensive wellness center and locker rooms. Express Y memberships will be open to the public and the facility will also welcome members of other Northwest North Carolina YMCA branches with metro level memberships.
Curt Hazelbaker, president and CEO of the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina, said the Y was attracted to the “energy” in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. “Everything from the existing businesses, to the future occupants, to the residential component make Wake Forest Innovation Quarter a vibrant part of downtown, and we are excited to be a part of it.” The new Express Y will be the third of its kind in the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina’s association.
The Y is the newest business to score space in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter’s 525@Vine building that is currently undergoing renovations and is scheduled for completion in spring 2014, according to Dan Cramer, senior vice president of Wexford Science & Technology of Baltimore, which owns the building. Wexford is spending $150 million to renovate 473,000 square feet of space in two former “90 series” R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company buildings now known in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter as 525@Vine and the Inmar Headquarters. The development project is one of the largest investments in downtown history.
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Over 70,000 square feet of mixed-use laboratory and office space will soon be available at 525@Vine, one of the two newly renovated historic buildings in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. 525@Vine and its neighbor, 635 Vine, which will soon be the headquarters for Inmar, Inc., are located in the heart of what is becoming a leading growth center in North Carolina and the Southeast. Both buildings were formerly R.J. Reynolds tobacco-processing plants, but are now transforming into hotbeds for innovative companies in biotechnology, information technology, data management and other key industries.
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