Triangle

Investors favor Triangle-based CROs

August 4, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Shares of Raleigh-based INC Research and PRA Health Sciences have risen 95% and 75%, respectively, this year, while Durham-based Quintiles shares are up 31%. All three contract-research organizations posted second-quarter results that beat analysts' expectations.

Lenovo slips in smartphone market share rankings

August 4, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Lenovo dropped from third place to fifth in overall market share of smartphones, based on reports from two market-research firms. Lenovo's smartphone shipments fell 33.3% in the second quarter compared with the previous year.

Parexel laying off 125 in Durham

August 3, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

In a notice filed with the N.C. Commerce Department, Parexel confirmed it plans to lay off 125 workers in Durham. The contract-research organization said in June it was laying off about 5% of its global workforce.

Durham ranked ninth-best city for creative people

August 3, 2015

(WRAL TechWire)

A thriving music scene and premier performing arts center helped Durham earn the No. 9 spot on SmartAsset's latest list of "Best Cities for Creatives."

NC revenue grew 6% in fiscal 2014-15

August 3, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

North Carolina's revenue for the year that ended June 30, 2015 exceeded $21.4 billion, about $445 million more than projected and a 6% increase over the previous year.

Steep rents driving out downtown Raleigh businesses

July 31, 2015

(WRAL.com)

As apartment and condo construction booms in downtown Raleigh, many business owners say they can't afford increasing monthly rents. Natty Greene's Pub and Brewing Co. and Trig Modern furniture store are among the casualties.

Raleigh's INC Research posts strong 2Q results

July 31, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

INC Research reported net income of $28.6 million for the second quarter, up from $11.1 million a year ago. The Raleigh-based contract-research organization raised its guidance for the year and projects annual revenue of $900 million to $910 million. Shares rose 10% Thursday following the report, closing at $47.62.

Former GSK employees face layoffs at RTP

July 30, 2015

(WRAL TechWire)

Reports indicate up to 200 Parexel employees were laid off Wednesday, though the company would not confirm the cuts. The workers are former employees of GlaxoSmithKline, which said it in February it planned to transfer some of its workforce to the Boston-based life-sciences company.
Related: GSK shares rise after earnings beat estimates

Mergers boost 2Q results for First Citizens

July 30, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

First Citizens BancShares reported a 67% increase in net income in the second quarter, from $26.7 million to $44.5 million. The Raleigh-based bank attributed the improved earnings to its acquisitions of South Carolina-based First Citizens Bancorporation and Trust and Atlanta-based Capitol City Bank and Trust.

Citrix CEO to retire; company may spin off GoTo products

July 29, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Citrix Systems announced that CEO Mark Templeton will retire once a successor is named. Templeton has been CEO of the software company since 2001. Citrix, which employs about 600 in Raleigh, said it is considering a sale or spinoff of its GoTo products, including GoToMeeting, amid pressure from an activist investor.

Triangle ranked No. 2 real-estate market for life-sciences industry

July 28, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The Triangle ranked second only to Boston as a top U.S. real-estate market for life-sciences companies, according to a report from real-estate services firm JLL. The report was based on factors including concentration of life-sciences workers, venture-capital funding and government funding.The region ranked fourth last year.

Durham startup raises $13M

July 28, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Durham-based startup Baebies completed a $13 million financing that included Rex Health Ventures and Duke Angel Network. The company is developing technology to expand newborn health screenings. Baebies employs 40 people; co-founder Richard West expects that number to grow now that the financing round is complete.

Scandals aside, UNC fundraising rebounds in 2014-15

July 27, 2015

(Durham Herald-Sun)

UNC Chapel Hill raised $447 million in fiscal 2014-15, the first year of a seven-year fundraising campaign, a 44% increase over the previous year. The campaign was boosted by Fred Eshelman's $100 million gift to the pharmacy school.
Related: "The Carolina way," July 2014

Projects will help transform downtown Durham

July 27, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Two new developments on about 18 acres near the American Tobacco Campus will add much-needed office space in downtown Durham, where the occupancy rate is 93%. Apartments, retail shops and hotels are also planned.

Raleigh hopes to revive business incubator

July 27, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The Raleigh City Council will seek proposals from companies interested in running the Raleigh Incubator to serve entrepreneurs, including minorities and women. A predecessor to the new incubator, the Raleigh Business and Technology Center, closed its doors in 2013 amid fraud allegations.

Durham drug developer moving to New Jersey

July 24, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Durham-based Scynexis has sold its contract R&D business unit and is relocating to New Jersey. Longmont, Colo.-based Avista Pharma Solutions acquired the R&D unit and plans to hire "substantially all" existing employees at Scynexis' Durham manufacturing plant.

Raleigh software company's acquisition will accelerate growth

July 23, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Raleigh-based software company Expion was acquired by Toronto-based Sysomos for an undisclosed amount. Expion CEO Peter Heffring said he expects the company to add 15-20 employees to its 75 in Raleigh by year-end. Customers that use Expion's social-media software include Coca-Cola and Mastercard.

UNC researchers find AIDS drugs can suppress virus

July 21, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Researchers at UNC Chapel Hill have found that consistent use of AIDS medications can prevent transmission of the virus to other people. The challenge is getting infected people to take the drugs; only about a third of 1.2 million people with AIDS are taking HIV-suppressing drug cocktails, according to the CDC. The UNC study was funded with more than $100 million in federal grants.

RTP's AgBiome moving into larger space

July 21, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

AgBiome, a Triangle agbio research company, is moving to a larger space in RTP that will allow it to nearly double its workforce to 70. Founded in 2012, AgBiome has raised $17.5 million in venture capital and performs research for companies including Syngenta.

Nonprofit wants PacWest to submit community investment plan for Durham

July 20, 2015

(The Herald-Sun, Durham)

Reinvestment Partners wants the federal government to delay approval of Square 1 Bank's proposed acquisition by Calif.-based Pacific Western Bank. The nonprofit is concerned that PacWest won't meet community-credit needs after the deal closes. Square 1, which loans money to startups and venture capitalists, holds a 36% market share of deposits in Durham County.