Business

Targacept drug fails clinical trial

April 17, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Winston-Salem-based Targacept will end development of a drug-compound treatment for a gastrointestinal disorder following a failed clinical trial. The Winston-Salem-based company said in March it would be acquired by California-based Catalyst Biosciences, though that deal could be in jeopardy following Pfizer's decision in April to end a licensing agreement with Catalyst.

Cary to consider incentives for corporate relocation

April 17, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The Cary Town Council is considering granting incentives to an unnamed company that could move its headquarters there. The company would bring 47 jobs with an average annual salary of $85,000. The N.C. Commerce Department is negotiating with the company.

Company buys 46,000-square-foot industrial space in Leland

April 17, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

A company named Barn Creek LLC bought a 46,000-square-foot, bank-owned industrial building in Leland for $575,000. The warehouse has about 4,500 square feet of office space and sits on about 3 acres. The buyer's plans for the property are unknown.

Former CEO of Piedmont Triad Partnership under investigation

April 16, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

The Piedmont Triad Partnership said Wednesday that former CEO David Powell is being investigated regarding possible financial irregularities. Officials at the regional economic-development group said they learned of the irregularities after Powell resigned in January.

Study: Raleigh No. 2 in tech-related job growth

April 16, 2015

(WRALTechWire)

The Raleigh metro area ranked No. 2 behind Austin, Texas on a Forbes study of cities with the highest growth rate in the technology sector between 2004 and 2014. Tech-related jobs in Raleigh grew 62.3%, according to the report. Raleigh ranked first in job growth related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills.

BofA reports $3.4 billion in first-quarter profit

April 16, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Bank of America reported profit of $3.4 billion in the first quarter, compared with a loss of $276 million a year ago. Total revenue fell 6% to $21.4 billion. CEO Brian Moynihan said Terry Laughlin, president of strategic initiatives, will lead the resubmission of the bank's capital plan, which is due to the Federal Reserve by Sept. 30.

Durham's Innocrin Pharmaceuticals raises $28M

April 16, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Innocrin Pharmaceuticals has raised $28 million in a financing led by Wilmington venture-capital firm Eshelman Ventures, which was started by PPD founder Fred Eshelman. The Durham-based company, which does not have any products on the market, plans to use the money to develop treatments for breast and prostate cancer.

Southeastern Health gets grant for medical training center

April 16, 2015

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Southeastern Health received a $500,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation that will allow it to complete renovations to a medical-education center at its Lumberton hospital. Southeastern has raised a total of $1.6 million for the renovations, which are expected to be complete by July.

Lee County resident seeks to halt fracking applications

April 16, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The owner of a Lee County horse farm is questioning the legality of the state's fracking rules and has asked a Wake County judge to block fracking permit applications from being processed. Keely Wood Puricz says the state's fracking regulations are illegal because the commission that created them is unconstitutional due to the fact that the state legislature appointed most of its members.

Duke moving entrepreneurship academy downtown

April 16, 2015

(The Herald-Sun, Durham)

Duke University will move its Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative to a downtown redevelopment led by Longfellow Real Estate Partners and Measurement Inc. The Durham Innovation District will cover 1.7 million square feet and will include office and lab space, plus 50,000 square feet of retail and 300 residential units.