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Forsyth Tech officially opened its newest location today at 525@vine in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in downtown Winston-Salem, which is now home to the college’s Business & Industry Services Division.

525@vine, a former tobacco factory that was recently redeveloped and renovated into a mixed-used laboratory and office building, houses Forsyth Tech’s R. J. Reynolds Corporate Training Center, BB&T Biotechnology Program, Wells Fargo Nanotechnology Program, National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce, BioNetwork and Small Business Center.

The opening ceremony featured remarks by college and Innovation Quarter officials followed by media tours of the renovated space.

“We are excited to be expanding our presence into Winston-Salem’s vibrant downtown,” said Forsyth Tech President Dr. Gary Green. “Our location in the Innovation Quarter reflects the vision of the college to bring together services for business and industry under one roof where we can intersect with the business community as our client instead of the individual student.

“Here in the Innovation Quarter, we are at the epicenter of local economic development, making our business services more accessible than ever before, and creating opportunities to build new and even stronger collaborations that support the growing needs of our business community.”

Forsyth Tech’s 24,000 square feet of innovative work space at the Innovation Quarter was funded with $7 million raised through its Momentum Capital Campaign, which came to a conclusion in 2013, and includes lab facilities, computer labs, flexible classroom and meeting room space as well as small and large collaborative work areas.

Forsyth Tech at Innovation Quarter will serve more than 1,200 students each year as well as a growing number of corporate clients and small business owners through the:

  • J. Reynolds Corporate Training Center, which supports the college’s corporate training partnership programs and provides services for Innovation Quarter tenants
  • Small Business Center, which offers workshops, seminars, individual business counseling and a resource library for business owners and entrepreneurs
  • Lab facilities for the college’s Wells Fargo Nanotechnology Program, the only two-year nanotechnology program in the southeast
  • BB&T Biotechnology Program, the largest biotech program of any community college in the state, and
  • Offices for BioNetwork, the statewide biotechnology workforce initiative run by the North Carolina Community College System.

The 525@vine building was constructed in 1926 by the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and used as a blending and processing plant. In restoring and renovating the 234,000-square foot building, the new owner, Wexford Science & Technology, a BioMed Realty company, employed both state and federal tax credits that are available to qualified developers of income-producing spaces in historic industrial structures.

Media Contact: Martha Murphy, Public Relations Director, The Ruben Rink Co.,, +1 336.397.5407

About Forsyth Tech

Forsyth Tech provides students with flexible educational pathways to a competitive workforce for the community and global economy. The college offers associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates in more than 200 programs of study, including programs that promote personal and professional development through non-credit courses and seminars, as well as customized training for business and industry. Forsyth Tech is the fifth largest community college in North Carolina and serves more than 35,000 students with approximately 1,500 full and part-time faculty and staff.  

Clinical Ink, a provider of electronic data-capturing technology for clinical research, has relocated its headquarters to Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

Clinical Ink’s new corporate office spans 7,676 square feet and is located on the first floor of the recently unveiled 525@vine building, a former R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. factory that underwent a $75 million renovation led by building owner Wexford Science & Technology, a BioMed Realty company.

“The synergistic culture at the Innovation Quarter makes it a natural fit for our headquarters,” said Doug Pierce, the company’s president and co-founder. “There is significant opportunity for innovation and collaboration at every turn, both of which are central to our success as a solutions provider for clinical research.”

At Clinical Ink, employees are surrounded by opportunities to collaborate. For example, in the center of their new facility is a free-standing cube already nicknamed the “Cube of Collaboration,” in which employees have four dry erase walls to collaborate and brainstorm ideas for clients.

“Clinical Ink makes a great addition to the Innovation Quarter as its pioneering work in information technology and clinical research is internationally recognized,” said Eric Tomlinson, president of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

Clinical Ink offers solutions for domestic and international clinical research trials. Its principal product is SureSource®, an award-winning proprietary electronic platform that provides users with a paperless system for the fast and accurate recording of data, comments, explanations and other information required in clinical trials. The company, founded in Winston-Salem in 2007, also has an office in Horsham, Pa., a Philadelphia suburb.

525@vine offers tenants world-class research facilities with added amenities right outside its doors. Clinical Ink employees look forward to the Fall opening of Bailey Park at East End, a 1.6-acre park with green space and an outdoor stage, and the future Rails-to-Trails, a 20-mile walking and cycling trail that will follow an unused railroad track through the heart of the Innovation Quarter, eventually connecting to the Salem Creek Greenway.

In addition to Clinical Ink, current 525@vine tenants include: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Division of Public Health Sciences and Department of Physician Assistant Studies; the Innovation Quarter YMCA of Northwest North Carolina; and Flywheel, a co-working innovation space. Forsyth Tech at Innovation Quarter soon will join the list.

Ten seventh-graders from Wiley Magnet Middle School in Winston-Salem will be getting an up-close look at the process of innovation this school year.

They’ll get to try their hand at it, too.

The 10 Wiley students are the first participants in the Future Innovators mentoring program hosted by Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. From September through May, the students will spend one morning each month at the Innovation Quarter, visiting different labs, centers and departments to learn about fields such as robotics, microbiology, computer science, regenerative medicine, digital design and biomedical engineering.

Along the way, the students will be challenged to come up with their own innovations, which they will present during their final session to a panel of experts in a contest modeled after the television program “Shark Tank.”

“We believe it is incredibly important to offer these young people the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the exciting developments in science and technology that are happening here and the chance to demonstrate their intelligence, imagination and ingenuity,” said Eric Tomlinson, president of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. “The Future Innovators program at Wiley isn’t the only opportunity for students. We also encourage middle school students to participate in our SciTech program, which is a collaboration between Winston-Salem State University, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and the Innovation Quarter in which students learn about these exciting careers through hands-on learning experiences.”

Wiley, one of the 17 magnet schools in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools system, employs the STEAM approach to learning, which uses science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking. The 10 students in the Future Innovators program, who were selected by Wiley teachers, will have to complete assignments before and after the sessions at the Innovation Quarter, which will be related to their classroom studies.

“We are grateful for the partnership of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in supporting our students at Wiley,” said Sean Gaillard, the school’s principal. “The school vision is ‘Inspiring Innovative Minds’ through STEAM, and the Future Innovators project is an amazing result for our kids. I believe the students involved will be inspired and motivated by this partnership.”

Steve Susalka, associate director of commercialization at Wake Forest Innovations, developed the curriculum for the Future Innovators mentoring program.

“We wanted to connect further with students in the community in a way that would be more engaging than a one-time tour and I’m glad that, thanks to the people here and at Wiley, we were able to come up with an extended, interactive program,” said Susalka, who is one of the program’s 10 volunteer mentors, all of whom work in the Innovation Quarter. “I’m confident this will be both fun and rewarding for everybody involved, and I hope it’s something we can all build on.”

Innovation Quarter tenant Carolina Liquid Chemistries Corp., located on the 4th floor of Wake Forest Biotech Place, engages in the business of developing, manufacturing and commercializing in vitro diagnostic reagents for quantitative testing of analytes, which are used in hospital and private laboratories worldwide. The company continues to grow and report upon its successes in the chemistry systems industry. It recently shared four announcements with the public regarding business successes:

Carolina Liquid Chemistries Corp. (CLC) announced on July 9 that its new Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) test, used on the CLC720™ chemistry analyzer received certification by the National lycohemoglobin Standardization Program (NGSP). Read the announcement.

Carolina Liquid Chemistries Corp. announced on May 28, 2014 that its “Vitamin D-directTM” test has received a “Moderate Complexity categorization by the Food and Drug Administration. Read the announcement.

Carolina Liquid Chemistries Corp. announced on May 28, 2014 that it has received 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its new CLC6410™ chemistry analyzer. Read the announcement.

Phil Shugart, founder of Carolina Liquid Chemistries Corp., received the award for “Entrepreneurial Excellence” at Triad BioNight 2014, the marquee event for the NC Piedmont Triad Region’s biotechnology community, held on May 21, 2014. Read the announcement.

Robot Run Group 2 2013

Any event bringing together teams in competition involving LEGOs® and robots is bound to bring smiles.

You just don’t often think of adults being the ones in a LEGO competition.

That’s exactly what will happen on Friday, June 27 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the atrium of Wake Forest Biotech Place at the 2014 Robot Fun Run Community Challenge, a role-reversed world where middle-school aged students provide the teaching expertise to adults.

The event will feature up to a dozen teams of adults, coached by Winston-Salem/Forsyth County middle school students, competing for a chance at LEGO glory.

The competition requires teams to program a LEGO robot, in just a few hours, to do tasks such as picking up objects or crossing a LEGO bridge. The more tasks completed in the 2 ½ minute competition period, the more points a team accumulates, with the winners receiving their own LEGO trophy.

“You see the surprise on adults’ faces and joy when they get engaged. To me, that’s what is great about the Robot Fun Run,’’ says Eric Tomlinson, president of the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter and chief innovation officer for Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. “It is an enormously creative event, requiring a high degree of teamwork and engagement.’’

Tie-in With County Event in Fall

The Robot Fun Run is co-sponsored by Cook Medical, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and Wake Forest Innovation Quarter and has ties to the Forsyth County Robot Run in the fall. The fall event features teams from 17 middle schools in the local system against each other in building and programming LEGO MINDSTORMS® robots to compete.

The aim of the Robot Fun Run is to increase awareness of the yearly Winston-Salem robotics program which is designed to get middle-school aged students excited about STEM related employment and life skills.

“And if those businesses decide to bring their participation and volunteerism to the Forsyth County Robot Run after participating in the Robot Fun Run, we consider it a great success,” says Lindsey Yarborough, manager of public activities for Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. “It’s such a fun way for our community to come together and show support of local STEM programs in the hub of innovation, the Innovation Quarter”

The inaugural Robot Fun Run crown was captured last year by Small Footprint, a software development services company based in Winston-Salem, with the Wake Forest School of Medicine, Biomedical Engineering and Sciences team finishing a close second.

Yarborough says it was an intense event, with the top teams especially competitive. Both of those teams are coming back for this year’s event, as are many of the other competitors. Once again, each of the adult teams will be assigned a student mentor with experience from successful teams in the Forsyth County Robot Run.

Up to 10 teams are expected for the event, which is open to the public.

“The majority of the competitors had no idea what they were getting into last year,’’ Yarborough says. “It’s fun to watch the roles being flipped and the student becoming the teacher.’’

Promoting STEM to Children

The broad goal of the Robot Fun Run is to show students how creative and innovative careers can be in the STEM fields.

“The particular age, middle school, is an impressionable time period to really get kids excited about science, technology, engineering and math,’’ Yarborough says.

With Innovation Quarter attracting new businesses in the biotechnology, information technology and materials sciences, Tomlinson says programs such as the Robot Fun Run hold promise for retaining bright minds.

“One of the goals is to set students on a path toward training that could lead to a job here or even create a company one day,’’ Tomlinson says. “It’s all part of that continuum of engaging the community and promoting creativity that is so important.”

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.

Please RSVP today to attend


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.

Learn more about leasing opportunities at

Tiny human organs developed by a Wake Forest Innovation Quarter tenant using a modified 3D printer are now being used to test new vaccines. Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, located in the Richard H. Dean Biomedical Building on Technology Way, is leading the way in new research innovations with the “body on a chip” project through a $24 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense. In this new technology, structures are printed to mimic the functions of key organs and then placed on microchips to test the effects of chemical and biologic agents and to test the effectiveness of potential treatments.

Read a feature about the “body on a chip” project at

Wake Forest Innovations is proud to present the first seminar in the newly initiated program Boost!. Join us Tuesday, May 7 2013 from 12 – 1 PM  in the Wake Forest Biotech Place auditorium as Matthew Burczyk, City of Winston-Salem Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, discusses city initiatives aimed at making our community more walkable and bikeable.

Register here.

Like many American cities, Winston-Salem has been designed and built around the automobile, which has made it increasingly difficult for people to walk and bike safely and comfortably. The City of Winston-Salem, however, understands the value of promoting walking and biking in working towards building livable communities.

Matthew will share some of the challenges and opportunities associated with promoting active transportation in our rapidly changing region.

Highlights include:

  • Information on facilities being built and programs offered to encourage active transportation
  • How can citizens help make Winston-Salem more bikeable and walkable

There is no charge to attend this event and lunch will be provided. You won’t want to miss this engaging seminar. Read Matthew’s full bio and register today to attend!

Mark your calendars. Buck Goldstein, Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will be the featured guest speaker of Wake Forest Innovations on Tuesday, April 9 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. with a one-hour cocktail reception immediately following.

A successful entrepreneur, Goldstein is the co-author of Engines of Innovation: The Entrepreneurial University in the 21st Century with Holden Thorp, chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The acclaimed book explores the critical role that American research universities play in global innovation, having the financial and intellectual resources to influence and change worldwide problems such as disease, poverty and climate change.

Goldstein will share insights from Engines of Innovation and highlight how universities can be a catalyst for change and create a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in today’s economy.

Learn more about Engines of Innovation.

Event Details

We invite you to join us for this event. Meet Buck Goldstein and learn about how our universities are shaping the future of innovation.

Who: Buck Goldstein, Entrepreneur in Residence, UNC – Chapel Hill
When: Tuesday, April 9, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. – Cocktail reception immediately following.
Where: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center – Hanes Building – Room E24
Medical Center Blvd.
Winston-Salem, NC 27103

Parking is free. Please park in the Hawthorne parking garage located off Hawthorne Rd.

This event is part of a monthly seminar series hosted by Wake Forest Innovations. Topics will focus on technology discovery, innovation delivery, licensing and commercialization strategies, and startup incubation, among others.

About Buck Goldstein

An educator and entrepreneur, Goldstein is Professor of the Practice in the Department of Economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in addition to being University Entrepreneur in Residence. He helped create The Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative, a multi-year, multimillion-dollar project that encourages entrepreneurship education across all campus curriculum.

He is the co-founder of Information America, an online information and database business that evolved from start-up through venture financing to a public company before being acquired by the Thomson Corporation. He then became a partner in Mellon Ventures, the venture capital arm of Mellon Bank, and served on the Board of several early stage information companies.

A highly regarded innovator, Goldstein was recognized as Entrepreneur of the Year by the Information Industry Association. His company, Information America, has been listed numerous times on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina and an honors graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law.