Triangle

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.
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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.

Tech company bringing 200 jobs to Durham

July 17, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Interactive Intelligence plans to expand in Durham, adding 200 workers with an average annual salary of $70,000. The Indiana-based company develops software for call centers and other businesses. Interactive currently employs 130 at its Durham location.

Triangle companies raise $112M in VC funding in second quarter

July 17, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Five Triangle companies raised more than $10 million each in venture capital in the second quarter, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers. In all, a dozen tech and biotech companies raised $112.2 million in the quarter. Innocrin Pharmaceuticals raised the most, bringing in $28.1 million in a funding led by Eshelman Ventures.

Gates Foundation awards $20M to Duke Global Health Institute

July 16, 2015

(The Herald-Sun, Durham)

The Duke Global Health Institute received a $20 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to continue its work addressing global health challenges. Half of that amount is a challenge grant, bringing the total impact of the grant to $30 million.

US Open will return to Pinehurst in 2024

July 15, 2015

(The Pilot, Southern Pines)

The U.S. Open golf championship will return to Pinehurst for a fourth time in 2024. Though a formal announcement won't be made until July 22, the Pinehurst Village Council unanimously approved Tuesday an agreement with the USGA that will allow the tournament to use village property for parking and tournament staging.

Wake Forest ends relationship with Shelby's RST

July 15, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The town of Wake Forest has abandoned plans to partner with RST Fiber Optic Networks, a Shelby-based company that had been working to install a high-speed fiber network there. Local leaders say they haven't been able to reach RST officials in months, and The Shelby Star reported in June the company's customers in Cleveland County had experienced long service outages.

Charlotte developer plans mixed-use project near Durham ballpark

July 10, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Charlotte developer CitiSculpt acquired a 12.1-acre site near the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and plans to invest $400 million in a project that includes 300 apartments, offices, retail and one or more hotels.

Peace University hires new president

July 9, 2015

(WRAL.com)

Brian Ralph was named president of William Peace University in Raleigh. Ralph comes from Queens University in Charlotte, where as vice president for enrollment management he helped increase undergraduate enrollment by more than 60%.

BioDelivery Sciences plans public stock offering

July 7, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Raleigh-based BioDelivery Sciences International plans to raise as much as $150 million in a public stock offering. The drugmaker plans to use proceeds for sales and marketing efforts and to accelerate development of products awaiting regulatory approval.

Raleigh to decide on Kane's proposal for warehouse district

July 6, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Raleigh City Council will consider Tuesday a proposal for Kane Realty to build an 18-story office tower in downtown Raleigh's warehouse district. With three council members recusing themselves due to ties with the Raleigh-based developer, all five remaining members must approve the project in order for it to move forward.