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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.




Eric Tomlinson, head of Wake Forest Innovations, outlines plan to spur ideas, drive growth and create a fun community

It could have been the discussion about driving innovation that filled the auditorium in Wake Forest Biotech Place one recent afternoon.

Or it could have been the PowerPoint presentation that focused on all the varied ways Wake Forest Innovations, the new operating division of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, intends to go after ideas and nurture them into testing and startups and companies that one day will fill Innovation Quarter.

It could have been a first chance to hear Eric Tomlinson, DSc, Phd, the new chief innovations officer at Wake Forest Baptist and president of Innovation Quarter.

Or it might have been the free lunch.

The latter would be just fine with Tomlinson, because the Lunch and Learn series that he spoke at in February is intended to create a buzz and bring together the Innovation Quarter community. The fact that more than 100 people turned out is what counts when you’re trying to spur creativity. Indeed, Tomlinson was introduced by Lindsey Yarborough, who’s been hired as manager of public activities for Innovation Quarter, a part of the mission Tomlinson took time to mention during his 45-minute chat.

Tomlinson spent his time walking through goals for Wake Forest Innovations and Innovation Quarter, the latter a maturing place, he notes, where businesses and Wake Forest Baptists departments deserve support in every way in the effort to innovate.

Tomlinson says the goal is no less than to make Wake Forest Innovations and Innovation Quarter “the next hub for innovation in life sciences and high tech.’’ He notes that there are seven research parks in North Carolina, with Research Triangle Park the big name right now.

“We believe with the assets available to us within Wake Forest and the community, we can build a prodigious hub for innovation and make it the most famous nationally and internationally.’’

To do so, Tomlinson says, will require risk taking on the part of everyone with a say in innovation—from the scientists with ideas to the support staff that will help translate those ideas to the leaders to manage a plan to market. And it will take persuasion to raise venture capital knowing that a fair number of startup ideas and companies fail.

For academic medical centers such as Wake Forest Baptist, the time is right, Tomlinson says. Pharmaceutical and med-tech companies are stepping away from innovation cycles, he says, in favor of focusing on products further along in development. Likewise, venture capitalists are fleeing from early stage funding.

“There’s a huge void there that we, as an academic medical center, can step into,’’ he says.

Tomlinson took the time to explain how the various Wake Forest Innovations divisions will pursue business and translational services within the institution and also seek to monetize existing assets (labs and equipment, for example) by making them available to outside institutions or businesses on a contract basis.

Lest anyone think he is too caught up in the nitty-gritty, Tomlinson also spoke of making Innovation Quarter a place that promotes not just working and learning, but living and playing.

Bailey Park in the center of Innovation Quarter will be a place where people might go to do yoga, or watch a movie, grab food from a mobile truck. By the end of 2014, he notes, nearly 3,000 people will be working in the quarter and they’ll be earning “a lot of dough.’’

Right now there might not be “a grocery store, a restaurant or a wine bar for a guy like me. Well, we’re putting a wine bar in.’’

Brioche Doree café is expected to open at Wake Forest Biotech Place this month.