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A co-working innovation space is coming to Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

Flywheel, a new venture formed by three locally owned companies, has signed a lease with Wexford Science & Technology to occupy approximately 11,585 square feet in the 525@Vine building in the Innovation Quarter.

Flywheel will offer independent professionals, entrepreneurs and innovators flexible short- and long-term memberships that will give them access to a casual, contemporary environment featuring open and enclosed work spaces, conference rooms, support services and other amenities. Scheduled to launch in June, Flywheel will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Co-working is a national trend that’s taking hold, especially in urban markets,” said Peter Marsh, vice president of Workplace Strategies Inc., a Flywheel partner firm along with Storr Office Environments Inc. and Wildfire, LLC. “We are excited to bring this concept to life in Winston-Salem. We are creating a knowledge-sharing environment driven by innovation, not just a place for people to work.”

By the end of this year, Flywheel will be sharing 525@Vine with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Division of Public Health Sciences and Physician Assistant Program, Forsyth Technical Community College’s Center for Emerging Technologies and an express branch of the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina. The building, a former R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. facility, has been renovated and revitalized by its owner, Wexford Science & Technology, a BioMed Realty company.

“Flywheel represents an ideal addition to the Innovation Quarter,” said Eric Tomlinson, president of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. “It’s an imaginative concept, and I’m confident that its members will enjoy both the space and interacting with the wide range of people who work, learn, live and play here.”


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Winston-Salem-based Inmar today hosted a Grand Opening celebration at its new Team Support Center and Headquarters in downtown Winston-Salem. During the celebration, which included an appearance by the Winston-Salem State University band, Inmar Chairman and CEO David Mounts and leaders from the Innovation Quarter announced a collaborative effort with neighboring Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Division of Public Health Sciences (PHS). The effort stands to deliver exactly the type of innovation those who established the Innovation Quarter foresaw more than 20 years ago. PHS, which identifies strategies to enhance public health and prevent disease, will move into the Innovation Quarter next month.

In January and February, Inmar relocated approximately 900 associates to renovated RJR Tobacco Company buildings formerly known as 90-1 and 90-3. The buildings were transformed to a LEED-certified Platinum facility that accommodates Inmar’s technology-centered product and service offerings and its highly skilled technologists, data scientists and retail experts.

David Mounts shared that the “Innovation Quarter and Winston-Salem are the perfect setting for Inmar and we are committed to collaborating with our neighboring companies to create a knowledge-based economy right here in our town.” He added that, “We have the opportunity not only to grow businesses, but also to deliver innovation through technology that improves the lives of people in our community and across the globe. This collaborative environment is already bearing fruit after just a few weeks and we could not be more pleased.”

Eric Tomlinson DSc, PhD, Chief Innovation Officer, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and President, Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, shared that the first meeting between Inmar and PHS generated an idea that could deliver more efficient mechanisms for clinical trial recruitment. The result has the potential to reduce significantly the time-to-market for life-changing treatments for patients and generate revenue for the businesses involved.

“Tenants of the Innovation Quarter such as Inmar and the Division of Public Health Sciences are collaborating to accelerate innovation and bring valuable, sought-after products and services to market faster and more effectively,” Tomlinson said.

“The Division of Public Health Sciences and Inmar collaboration is focused on efficiently improving the recruitment of patients into clinical trials,” said Gregory L. Burke, MD, MSc, Professor and Chair, Public Health Sciences, Wake Forest School of Medicine. “Importantly, these improvements would speed up the time needed to complete clinical trials and hence would allow for promising new treatments to move more rapidly into clinical practice.”

During the Grand Opening Ceremony, Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines; Gayle Anderson,President and CEO, Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce; and John D. McConnell, MD, CEO, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, also spoke to the significance of Inmar and the Innovation Quarter for the area. Dr. McConnell commented that the vision that began more than 20 years ago is becoming a reality.

Inmar also hosted the Winston-Salem State University band at the Grand Opening. The band led Inmar associates and special guests along a route through the Innovation Quarter. Children from an area school and those from neighboring businesses also enjoyed the music and elaborate balloons.

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The City of Arts & Innovation will soon have a new urban park, giving the community a new place to play, Bailey Park at East End.

Located on the corner of Fourth Street and Patterson Avenue in downtown Winston-Salem, construction on the park will start the week of March 17. The park is expected to open in the early fall of this year.

The new 1.6-acre park, which will be available for the public, will add to the creative work and play spaces that are part of the essence of the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. Plans for the community-based park include movie nights and other cultural and music events.

Three local companies, Stimmel Associates, P.A. STITCH Design + Development and LMI Builders, will work together to create a harmonious setting for the park that is designed to encourage community interaction.

Building materials will reference the history of the area, while their application and detailing will look to the future. Against the backdrop of a former industrial complex, Bailey Park solidifies the Innovation Quarter as just one more reason to come to work, live, learn and play.


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Dec. 10, 2013 – Two of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s preeminent School of Medicine programs will move to Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in the spring of next year.

The Medical Center today announced that its nationally recognized Division of Public Health Sciences (PHS) and its nationally rated Physician Assistant (PA) program will relocate approximately 450 staff, faculty and students to state-of-the-art education and high-tech research space in the newly developed 525@Vine building, located across Vine Street from Wake Forest Biotech Place. The move is expected to begin in March 2014.

“The move of Public Health Sciences and the Department of PA Studies to our downtown campus is part of our overall strategy to create synergies between our world-class research and education programs embodied in the School of Medicine and our commitment to public-private partnerships to advance the economic development of the region,” said John D. McConnell, M.D., chief executive officer, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

“Our PHS researchers are involved in meaningful studies to improve specific aspects of public health; its faculty and staff are dedicated to determining the cause of chronic diseases and ways to prevent them. In addition, our scientists, biostatisticians, logistics personnel and project managers – nationally known for coordinating multi-center clinical trials across the United States – are right here in Winston-Salem,” said Edward Abraham, M.D., dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine. “Our nationally recognized PA program is preparing the next generation of physician assistants for positions that are key to providing quality health care to wider populations than ever before. These are just some of the strengths that our School of Medicine programs bring to companies and institutions that locate here.”

Gregory L. Burke, M.D., director, Public Health Sciences added, “We’re excited to seek synergistic relationships with our new neighbors, including Inmar, the Emerging Technologies Center of Forsyth Tech and the numerous startup companies located in and around the Innovation Quarter,” he said.

The Division of Public Health Sciences received more than $74 million in fiscal year 2013 in external research funding. Historically, the division has been ranked among the top two of similar groups nationally in National Institutes of Health funding. More than 260 of the division’s staff, faculty and students currently based in the Wells Fargo Building in downtown Winston-Salem will relocate to the third, fourth and fifth floors of 525@Vine.

Wake Forest Baptist’s Physician Assistant Studies program, which is rated by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top physician assistant programs, will move 24 faculty and staff and its 128 students from its present location at Victoria Hall to the fifth floor of 525@Vine.

“This new space will allow us to scale up our program, support new curriculum advancements as well as create a high-tech home base for community-based interventions throughout the region,” said Reamer Bushardt, Pharm.D., P.A.-C, chair, Department of Physician Assistant Studies.

In September, Wake Forest’s physician assistant program was approved by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant to expand its program with a new distant campus at Appalachian State University beginning in July 2014. This initiative, which is partially funded by a three-year, $375,000 grant from The Duke Endowment, seeks to help address the need for physician assistants in underserved communities.

Graduates of the PA program complete a 24-month course of study and are awarded the Master of Medical Science (MMS) degree. One class of 64 students is enrolled on the Winston-Salem campus in early June each year. Beginning in June 2014, one additional class of 24 students will be enrolled each year on the Boone, N.C. campus.

Combined, the PHS and PA programs will occupy 120,000 square feet of space in the newly developed 525@Vine building, bringing new synergy to Wake Forest Innovation Quarter and an expanded workforce to downtown Winston-Salem.

“The addition of the Public Health Sciences and Physician Assistant programs to the Innovation Quarter will be a huge boost to this expanding downtown area,” said Eric Tomlinson, D.Sc., Ph.D., chief innovation officer, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and president, Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. “Together with the impending move of more than 800 Inmar employees beginning in February 2014, the opening in late 2014 of Forsyth Technical Community College’s Emerging Technologies Center, which is expected to train more than 1,200 students annually, and the opening by the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina of a new express branch, the Innovation Quarter continues to be one of the fastest growing urban-based research parks in the United States. We fully anticipate that the energy these students, staff and faculty will bring to the area will create new sparks for growth and lead to fascinating collaborations.”

Wexford Science & Technology, a BioMed Realty company, is currently renovating this former “90 series” R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company building using private investment and the application of federal and state tax credits. When the renovations are completed in late 2014, Wexford’s investment in the Innovation Quarter and Winston-Salem will total more than $250 million.

Media Relations Contacts:
Mac Ingraham: mingraha@wakehealth.edu, 336-716-3487
Shannon Putnam: sputnam@wakehealth.edu, 336-713-8261


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.

Learn more about Betz and the Center for Design Innovation.


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?

 Ideas.

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 …

Horse trainer.

What’s the first word you think of when I say “work?”

Grow.

Woody Hudson

 


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.

Dr. Ard’s weight management program.

6. What is the last song to get stuck in your head? Do you remember the lyrics?

Hallelujah. Yup…”Hallelujah…”

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?

Nothing.

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. 

Tomlinson

 


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.

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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.”
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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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Media contact: Chad Campbell, chacampb@wakehealth.edu, 336-713-1652.

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.

Here are links to a Winston-Salem Journal story about the film, and to a Journal Facebook page in which people are asked to comment what they think about changes in the local food culture.