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This May the Innovation Quarter is proud to partner with the City of Winston-Salem to promote free biking activities for all ages and abilities during National Bike Month.

Innovation Quarter Bike Ride

When: Friday, May 1 at 11 am
Where: 635 Vine Street, Winston – Salem NC 27101
(Inmar Corporate Headquarters)
Sponsored by Inmar and the Forsyth County Department of Public Health

Join Innovation Quarter tenants and neighbors for a short bike ride during your lunch break. Riders will meet in the visitor lot in front of Inmar at 11 am. The streets will not be closed for this ride. Please make sure to bring your helmets.

The first 50 people to register for this event will receive a free, boxed lunch courtesy of Triad Air Awareness. To reserve your lunch please email Lorelei Elkins at

If you prefer to ride indoors, the Innovation Quarter YMCA is offering a free spin class followed by a complimentary lunch at the same time.

Walk & Roll Winston-Salem

When: Sunday, May 3 from 1 – 4 pm
Where: East 3rd Street and Research Parkway

A fun event for the whole family! Enjoy walking, rolling, biking and skating with no traffic at Walk & Roll Winston-Salem. This event is free but participants are asked to register at East 3rd Street and Research Parkway before partaking in the festivities. Research Parkway will be closed to motor vehicles so anyone can come play on the streets.

  • Enjoy a bounce caster, hula hoops, relay races, jump ropes, parachute games, corn hole and more
  • Drummers, salsa dancers, unicycles and pogo jumpers
  • Bike decorating, Trike & Training Wheels Parade (2 pm) and a bike rodeo
  • Free helmets and fittings by the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma, Joshua’s Friends Foundation and Active Routes to School
  • Camel City Grill and Kona Ice

For more info please visit

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: Bicycle Commuting Class

When: Friday, May 8 from noon – 1 pm
Where: Wake Forest Biotech Place Auditorium
Brought to you by ActionHealth – Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Join Matthew Burczyk, Winston – Salem’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator for this educational class about commuting by bike in our great city. Matthew will discuss issues related to using a bicycle for transportation, the importance of proper bike selection and how to dress for various types of trips and conditions.

Please bring your own brown bag lunch. Seating is limited to the first 120 guests.


Winston-­Salem has been named a Startup Grind city, joining a global network of cities working to fuel innovation, economic growth and prosperity at the local level. Flywheel, a coworking innovation space in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, applied on behalf of Winston‐Salem and will be hosting Startup Grind events for the city and region beginning mid­‐May.

Founded in 2010, Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. In more than 150 cities and 65 countries around the world, chapters host monthly Startup Grind events where local founders, innovators, educators and investors share their own success stories.

“The selection process is very rigorous,” said Peter Marsh, cofounder of Flywheel. “We had to prove the vibrancy of our startup ecosystem and that we could execute compelling events with successful entrepreneurs on a regular basis.” The ratio of cities accepted versus total applications is around one in ten. Marsh will be a co-director of Startup Grind Winston­‐Salem, along with Flywheel Community Manager Jennifer Berg.

Startup Grind is also a major initiative of Google for Entrepreneurs, extending the network of relationships even deeper into the global tech community.

“Just as important as the events is the fact that Startup Grind has an unbelievable communication network through their project management platform,” Marsh said. “Now we can connect Flywheel members with the highest level of angel and venture firms, successful founders and domain experts.”

Startup Grind founder and CEO Derek Andersen said Google For Entrepreneurs will help Startup Grind expand internationally by providing access to distribution, Google technology and financial support.

“In the future, you will not need to be in Silicon Valley to be taken seriously as a tech startup,” Andersen said. “I just see so many places with such a high caliber of entrepreneurs.” Andersen said the monthly “fireside chat” interviews with local entrepreneurs are Startup Grind’s specialty. “We’re world­‐class at that one thing.”

Startup Grind is a perfect fit for Flywheel’s mission and vision for entrepreneurship in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. “Very few for­‐profit coworking operators have a direct link to a multimillion-dollar commercialization enterprise right outside their door in the form of Wake Forest Innovations,” said Brad Bennett, another Flywheel cofounder. “This just expands the opportunities to connect.”

The Wake Forest Innovation Quarter is one of the fastest growing urban-­based research parks in the United States, with a master plan for as much as 6 million square feet of world‐class office, laboratory and mixed­‐used space over its 145 developable acres.

The first Startup Grind event is scheduled for mid‐May. Events will be posted each month on the Flywheel website.

Media contact:
Katie Kenney

Inmar, a company that operates intelligent commerce networks, today announced that members of its IT team will participate in the 2015 Global Space Balloon Challenge. They will join other members of the Python Piedmont Triad User Group to launch the high altitude balloon they have spent months developing.

Team ³Near Space Circus² will launch its balloon (NSC01) at sunrise on Monday, April 21, from either a vineyard west of Winston-Salem, or from Pilot Mountain, depending on weather and upper atmospheric winds. More than 200 teams from across the globe are expected to participate this year.

Their balloon¹s technical payload pays homage to the first NASA balloon flights in 1969 designed to take large area photographs of the earth from a very high altitude. Weighing about four pounds, the payload includes a networked cluster of seven Raspberry Pi computers and eight cameras, which will be a first in High Altitude Ballooning. It also is equipped with sensors, transmitters and other tech gear. The Raspberry Pi Foundation will publish the details of the project on social media.

Inmar application developer, Francois Dion, and technical architect, Jeff Clouse, have spent hundreds of hours working with other members of the Triad¹s Python User Group, including High Point University faculty and students, designing and building the systems and network that will record data and images throughout flight. The team¹s custom design enables a panoramic view and promotes high stability during flight.

³Our design is unique in a number of ways,² says Francois. ³Interestingly, we are using some of the very latest technology, as well as some that is 100 years old.² He adds that ³There is potential for failure, but that is what experimentation is about.²

More information about the event can be found at Learn more about the Team Near Space Circus entry at Read blogs at and

Media contact:
Sharon Joyner-Payne

Winston-Salem has a new downtown park.

Bailey Park, a 1.6-acre public green space in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, was officially opened today in ceremonies attended by more than 200 people.

Bordered by East Fourth, East Fifth and Vine streets and North Patterson Avenue, Bailey Park will be open daily from 7 a.m. to dusk and serve as a venue for music performances, art displays, movie screenings, fitness classes and other recreational activities. Among its features are a 30-by-40-foot covered stage, restroom facilities, free Wi-Fi access, an area for food trucks and a grassy expanse ideal for recreation and relaxation.

“Bailey Park exists for the enjoyment of the people who work, live and learn in the Innovation Quarter and elsewhere in Winston-Salem,” said Eric Tomlinson, president of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. “This new recreational asset for Winston-Salem strengthens the connection between people and place, and represents our commitment to thinking like a community and acting like a community.”

Tomlinson served as master of ceremonies for the grand opening of Bailey Park, which included remarks by Forsyth County Commissioner Gloria Whisenhunt, Winston-Salem Councilman Derwin L. Montgomery, Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines, Wexford Science & Technology Vice President Dan Cramer and Wake Forest Baptist Medical CEO John D. McConnell, M.D.

The event also featured a ceremonial ribbon cutting, refreshments, food vendors, Bailey Park giveaways and live music by the Carver High School Marching Band and The WINmars, the Inmar company band.

Bailey Park was created through a joint commitment by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Wexford Science & Technology, a BioMed Realty company. In designing and developing Bailey Park, several local companies – Stimmel Associates, Stitch Design Shop and LMI Builders – worked to integrate building materials and design features that reference the history of the setting with modern elements.

Bailey Park is publicly accessible and is managed by DTZ on behalf of the Innovation Quarter. There is no cost to the public for the maintenance or the operation of Bailey Park.

Detailed information about Bailey Park, including a schedule of events, is available online at

Mullen, a full-service marketing communications firm, will relocate its North Carolina office to the 525@vine building in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter this December.

Mullen, headquartered in Boston, with offices in North Carolina, Los Angeles and New York, will occupy 34,726 square feet and will be located on the third floor of 525@vine, 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.

“We want to continue to be recognized among the most creative and innovative agencies in the world and moving into the Innovation Quarter is an example of that commitment,” said Taylor Bryant, president of Mullen NC. “This is an amazing opportunity for us to achieve two key goals: design an office space that really fuels collaboration and creativity; and continue our investment in the creative culture of Winston-Salem. It benefits employees, clients and community.”

The move into the Innovation Quarter represents a philosophical and creative transformation for Mullen NC and its 150 local employees. By having more collaboration seats than individual desks, the space in 525@vine will encourage employees to spend more time collaborating with their colleagues. To foster ideation across agency disciplines, there will be a variety of designed collaboration spaces and open meeting rooms as well as a location for employee town halls. And to address the ever-increasing needs for fresh and unique content, Mullen’s new office also will include a custom-designed photo studio, a sound studio and three state-of-the-art edit suites that provide post-production services for broadcast television and web content.

“Mullen’s move into the Innovation Quarter is a significant development,” said Eric Tomlinson, president of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. “Not only is Mullen a nationally recognized, award-winning agency with some of the world’s most recognized brands as clients, but it represents a dynamic and creative culture that will have a tremendous impact on the entire Innovation Quarter.”

The current occupants of 525@vine, which had its official grand opening last June, are Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Division of Public Health Sciences and Department of Physician Assistant Studies, Forsyth Tech at Innovation Quarter, the co-working innovation space Flywheel, the software development company Clinical Ink and the Innovation Quarter YMCA.

Media contact: Chad Campbell,, +1.336.713.1652.

About Wake Forest Innovation Quarter
Wake Forest Innovation Quarter ( in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a place for research, business and education in biomedical science, information technology and advanced materials. The Innovation Quarter is one of the fastest growing urban-based innovation districts in the United States with more than 3,000 people working in over 50 companies and numerous academic departments and with more than 1,800 students undertaking advanced education and workforce development annually. The Innovation Quarter currently comprises over 2.5 million square feet of inspirational office, laboratory and educational space on its 145 developable acres. In addition, there are several hundred apartments, lofts and condominiums within or close by the Innovation Quarter.

About Mullen North Carolina
Mullen is a “hyperbundled” agency, integrating disciplines from creative to digital marketing, media planning and buying, mobile marketing, public relations and social influence, design, CRM and performance analytics. Mullen specializes in working with culturally relevant, thought-leader brands and is recognized as the leading marketing-to-women consultancy through its Frank About Women group. Agency clients include Food Lion, Ulta Beauty, CSX Transportation, Pep Boys Hanesbrands and Lenovo. Mullen has been named to the Advertising Age Agency A-List and as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies. Headquartered in Boston, the agency operates offices in North Carolina, L.A. and New York and is an independent brand within the Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE:IPG). For more on Mullen NC, please visit

Data analytics expert and former senior presidential advisor will help headline April conference in Winston-Salem, NC exploring the use of data to address business and healthcare challenges

Inmar, a company that operates intelligent commerce networks, today announced that David Plouffe, Senior Vice President for Policy and Strategy, Uber will be a keynote speaker for the 2015 Inmar Analytics Forum — taking place April 7-9 in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in Winston-Salem, NC. The Inmar Analytics Forum is an annual event, hosted by Inmar and presented in partnership with the Wake Forest University Center for Retail Innovation, that brings together the best minds in academia and business to explore the practical application of data analytics to drive conversion, create operational efficiencies and bring about improved business and consumer/patient outcomes.

Plouffe’s presentation, “Big Data – Knowing Instead of Guessing,” will be a highlight among the more than 50 information sessions being offered to Forum attendees. He joins a host of senior subject matter experts and world-class thought leaders from the promotion, supply chain and healthcare industries who, as presenters, will deliver real insight into developing data-based solutions to today’s business and healthcare challenges.

A pioneering force in the field of politics, technology and grassroots leadership, Plouffe built a billion-dollar nationwide organization in 2008 that inspired millions and made history electing Barack Obama president. He is an innovator with extensive experience in successfully leading large teams and is now bringing his expertise as a proven field general and strategist to Uber, where he serves as Senior Vice President for Policy and Strategy. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Audacity to Win: The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama’s Historic Victory.

The Inmar Analytics Forum holds a unique place in the meeting space because of its focus on the practical application of data analytics to improve promotions, healthcare and supply chain operations and the attention given to using data to stimulate collaboration between manufacturers, retailers and healthcare providers/systems. Those interested in the Forum can learn more about the event, and register, by visiting the Forum web page. Information is also available by calling (866) 440-6917.

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Wexford Science + Technology, a BioMed Realty company, have received one of five national “Preservation’s Best of 2014” awards from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Trust Community Investment Corporation and Preservation Action.

Wake Forest Baptist and Wexford received the award earlier this week for the redevelopment of Building 90 in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. The recognition singles out exemplary rehabilitation of historically significant buildings that utilized the federal historic tax credit to revitalize cities and small towns across the country.

“We are honored to receive this national award and see it as recognition of our commitment to public-private partnerships that advance the economic development of the region,” said John D. McConnell, M.D., CEO, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. “Wexford Science + Technology continues to be a wonderful partner in our next redevelopment project, the new medical education building already underway in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.”

Building 90, a former R.J. Reynolds Tobacco manufacturing facility, now houses the headquarters for Inmar, Inc., and 525@vine which is home to the Medical Center’s Division of Public Health Sciences and Department of Physician Assistant Studies as well as the Innovation Quarter YMCA of Northwest North Carolina; Flywheel, a co-working space; Clinical Ink, a provider of electronic data-capturing technology; and Forsyth Tech at Innovation Quarter.

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“Wexford is honored that this award recognizes the investment that we and our partner Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have made and continue to make in redeveloping the community, enhancing the economic base of downtown Winston-Salem and creating a strong future of medicine and innovation in biomedical science and information technology here,” said Daniel Cramer, Wexford’s senior vice president of development.

The three national preservation organizations praised Wake Forest Baptist and Wexford for the positive impact the redevelopment project has had on the economy of the Winston-Salem community.

“Building 90, and the other restored R.J. Reynolds buildings in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, are not only transforming biomedical science but also expanding the possibilities for reusing historic buildings,” said Michael Phillips, public policy manager, National Trust Community Investment Corporation. “These projects show how historic preservation triggers additional development while at the same time preserving important local heritage.”

The $150 million project combined state historic tax credits, federal historic tax credits, and new markets tax credits to finance the development.

To read the full list of winning projects including Building 90 visit: National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Media contacts: Mac Ingraham,, 336-716-3487; Shannon Putnam,, 336-713-8261.

Graduate student teams from some of the country’s top universities will gain insight into real-world healthcare problems on March 13-14 at the 6th annual Healthcare Strategy Conference & Case Competition.

The event will be held at Wake Forest Biotech Place.

The lead sponsor for the competition will once again be Boston Scientific, a company that develops medical solutions to health problems in areas such as heart, digestive, pulmonary, vascular, urological, women’s health and chronic pain. Boston Scientific’s president and CEO, Michael Mahoney, will give the keynote address, “Leadership in Medtech Innovation,’’ on March 13 at 4 pm.

Dr. Eric Tomlinson, Chief Innovation Officer of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and President of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, will moderate a panel discussion immediately following the keynote address. The panel will include Boston Scientific’s Mahoney, as well as:

  • Mark Furth, Executive Director, Product Innovation Services, Wake Forest Innovations
  • Christina Bellinger, Director of Interventional Pulmonology, Wake Forest Baptist Health
  • Jeff Pepperworth, President, Inmar Healthcare Network
  • Jeremy C. Johnson, Managing Director, Bourne Partners

Both the keynote address and panel discuss are open to the public. Register to attend.

Healthcare Industry Connections

Len B. Preslar Jr., executive director of the conference and a former CEO of N.C. Baptist Hospital, has been involved with the case competition from its first year. He says it is a great way for graduate students in business, health, law or other fields to gain practical experience and make connections in the healthcare industry.

The competition pits multidisciplinary graduate student teams from around the nation—Johns Hopkins University teams have won each of the past two competitions—in developing a solution to an issue posed by the lead sponsor. For example, students were asked in a previous competition how a company could enter the urology market in China.

The student teams receive the problem about a week before the competition, and work on it from multiple angles—marketing, scientific, practical—to develop a 20-minute presentation.

Those presentations are given at the weekend competition and judged by a panel of experts from Boston Scientific. The judges immediately follow the presentation with a tough 10-minute review and question session, which Preslar said helps to distinguish the winning teams and elevates the learning process for students.

The competition stakes are high; the winning team gets a $10,000 prize, with second place worth $5,000 and third place, $3,000.

“For students, this is a way to help them interact, listen and learn across disciplinary lines,’’ Preslar says. “They have to understand what other people are talking about, and to value and apply contributions others bring to the process. For the lead sponsor, this is a way to get creative solutions to a real-world business problem.’’

The weekend also exposes students to industry professionals and helps them make connections that in the past have led to jobs in the healthcare industry, he says.

Learning through case competition

Crystal Redfern, one of the event organizers, is a fifth-year PhD/MBA student at Wake Forest School of Medicine who is working on her degree in microbiology. She says for students, the competition helps to reinforce the kind of learning needed in health care today.

“There’s a new generation of scientists who are different than previous generations,’’ says Redfern, who hopes to pursue a career as director of a clinical microbiology laboratory.

“The goal is to create this breed of business individual who can also translate into the science and healthcare industry, and a scientist who can translate into business,’’ Redfern says. “That’s what the competition will bring out.”

Learn more about the weekend at

The Inmar Analytics Forum is an annual event, held in Winston-Salem, NC, that brings together business professionals from the Promotion, Healthcare and Supply Chain industries to explore how data can be employed to drive conversion, create operational efficiencies and bring about improved business and patient outcomes. Offering attendees a variety of educational sessions featuring senior subject matter experts and world-class thought leaders, the Forum is an interactive information exchange delivering real insight into developing data-based solutions to today’s business and healthcare challenges. The Inmar Analytics Forum holds a unique place in the meeting space because of its focus on the practical application of data analytics and the attention given to using data to stimulate collaboration between manufacturers, retailers and healthcare providers/systems.

This year’s forum will be April 7-9, 2015. The Inmar Analytics Forum is a collaboration between Inmar and Wake Forest University. Learn more about this event.

Wake Forest Innovations presented its Innovation Award to Anthony Atala, MD, on February 6 for his breakthrough work in regenerative medicine and leadership as director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Atala, the W.H. Boyce Professor and Chair of Urology at Wake Forest School of Medicine, is a world-renowned researcher and recipient of many awards and honors, including the U.S. Congress funded Christopher Columbus Foundation Award, bestowed on a living American who is currently working on a discovery that will significantly affect society.

The award was presented to Dr Atala by Eric Tomlinson, DSc, PhD, chief innovation officer of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and president of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in recognition of Atala’s important contributions in the fields of urology and regenerative medicine.

Dr. Atala heads a team of over 300 physicians and researchers. Scientists are working on regenerative therapies for more than 30 different parts of the body. In 2003 he was named by Scientific American as a Medical Treatments Leader of the Year for his contributions to the fields of cell, tissue and organ regeneration. Dr. Atala’s work was listed as Time Magazine’s top 10 medical breakthroughs of the year and as Discover Magazine’s Number 1 Top Science Story of the Year in the field of medicine in 2007. In 2009 Dr. Atala was featured in U.S. News & World Report as one of 14 Pioneers of Medical Progress in the 21st Century, and his work in 2010 was listed by the Smithsonian Magazine as one of 40 things to know about the next 40 years. Dr. Atala’s work was listed in the Huffington Post as one of 18 great ideas of 2011, in Time Magazine as one of the top 5 medical breakthroughs of the year in 2011, by the American Association of Retired Persons as one of the 50 influential people who will make life better in 2012, and by Time Magazine as one of 5 discoveries that will change the future of organ transplants in 2013.

Innovation Awards are presented to outstanding innovators in our community and are recognized at each Innovation Quarter Network Night, an event held every 3 months that offers Innovation Quarter tenants and the surrounding community the chance to network and interact in an informal setting. Sign up to receive invitations to these and other events in the Innovation Quarter.