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Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has announced the name of Wake Forest School of Medicine’s new building in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. On Thursday, October 1, 2015, the Medical Center revealed that the building will be named the Bowman Gray Medical Education Building.

Bowman Gray Medical Education Building was chosen to honor the gift of the Bowman Gray estate that helped bring the medical school to Winston-Salem in 1939. The subsequent affiliation of Wake Forest School of Medicine with North Carolina Baptist Hospital resulted in the creation of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

The Bowman Gray Medical Education Building is located in the former 60 series R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company complex, adjacent to 525@vine in the Innovation Quarter. Construction is underway with plans to be ready to welcome medical students in 2016.

Construction of the building is part of Wake Will, a Wake Forest University campaign aimed at raising $1 billion for Wake Forest University and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

For more information, read the press release.

Governor Pat McCrory Dialogues with Forsyth Tech Students about STEM Careers

The North Carolina State Board of Education (SBE) held the first day of their Fall Planning and Work Session at the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter on Tuesday, September 29. Session activities took place at Wake Forest Biotech Place and Forsyth Tech at Innovation Quarter within 525@vine.

The day focused on the theme of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and its role in preparing students for post-secondary education and future careers, as well as the positive impact that STEM skills and positions have on North Carolina communities.

Bill Cobey, chairman of the State Board of Education, called the session to order in the atrium of Biotech Place. “We always have a focus on innovation,” Cobey said, “and one of the legs of innovation is a STEM education.”

Eric Tomlinson, president of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, welcomed attendees during the session’s opening remarks. “We are dedicated to innovation, to translating ideas, discoveries and assets into something valuable,” says Tomlinson. “This makes the Innovation Quarter the perfect backdrop for discussions encouraging science and technology education.”

The State Board of Education members participated in a variety of sessions and activities, including demonstrations of project-based teaching and discussions of STEM connections to careers and higher education. Forsyth Technical Community College invited attendees to its wet laboratory facility to meet students pursuing post-secondary education in advanced technologies.

Gary Green, president of Forsyth Tech, invited board members and other guests to speak with students who participate in project-based learning at the community college to prepare them for careers in nanotechnology. “This is the future of North Carolina,” Green said.

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory joined the educators to interact with nanotechnology students from Forsyth Tech, addressing their role as future scientists and innovators. “There is a skills gap right now in our state,” McCrory said.  “We count on [students] like these and need more like them.”

McCrory recalled having passed through the area that is now the Innovation Quarter several years ago before development started and noted the remarkable transformation of the area. “This is true visionary leadership,” he said.

The UNC Center for Design Innovation (CDI) celebrated the grand opening of their new facility on September 23, 2015. Located on a four-acre tract on Design Avenue, the CDI building is the first facility to open in the South District of the Innovation Quarter.


CDI, a multi-campus research center of the University of North Carolina system previously located in Winston Towers, moved into a $9 million, 24,000-square-foot headquarters facility in the Innovation Quarter. The multi-level complex will house a wide range of programs and projects bridging art, science and technology.

“We are extremely pleased to be in our fantastic new home,” says Pamela Jennings, director of CDI. “This world-class facility is the entry point in visualizing, incubating and inspiring how we will live, work, play and communicate in the century to come.”

The celebration featured a ribbon-cutting ceremony and remarks by representatives of local and state institutions, including Allen Joines, mayor of the city of Winston-Salem, and Eric Tomlinson, the president of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

“Winston-Salem was a manufacturing base,” says Joines. “We have flipped over into a community whose economy is based on knowledge-based industries. [Design industry] will clearly play a key role as we move into the future.” Joines believes CDI can be a catalyst for growing the design sector of the city’s economy.

CDI supports collaborations that connect creative, technical, applied and scientific disciplines and provides lifelong learning for students and the community through workshops, classes and internships that introduce design thinking and foster creative production.

“The cutting-edge work that CDI does perfectly aligns with the culture of the Innovation Quarter, and the new facility is magnificent,” said Innovation Quarter President Eric Tomlinson. “There could not be a more suitable anchor for our South District.”

Vishal Khanna, digital marketing and web development director at Wake Forest Innovations, was named 2015 Content Marketer of the Year by the Content Marketing Institute (CMI).

Content Marketer of the Year, one of four major awards presented annually by the CMI, honors an individual whose work in the field “stood above the rest” during the previous 12 months.

Khanna, who has been at Wake Forest Innovations since April 2013, received the award Sept. 10 at CMI’s annual conference in Cleveland. He was selected from a field of six finalists that included marketing executives from Ikea, Marriott, Emerson, CSC and GoPro.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the premier organization for content marketers,” Khanna said. “This award reflects my team’s commitment to producing innovative content that promotes the great work being done here.”

CMI’s Content Marketing Awards recognize the best content marketing projects, agencies and marketers. It is the largest international awards program in the industry.

Ken Russell, director of medical device development at Wake Forest Innovations, is the recipient of this quarter’s Innovation Award


The award, which recognizes outstanding innovators in the community, was presented Sept. 2 at the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter Network Night event held in Bailey Park.

Russell, who joined Wake Forest Innovations in May 2013, was cited for his integral role in the multifaceted process of transforming faculty members’ inventions into commercially viable products.

“I’m honored to work with our creative faculty members in developing new medical devices that will improve patient care and save lives,” Russell said.


Wake Forest University has confirmed plans to offer undergraduate academic programs in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, a division of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The University has leased space in a former R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company building from Wexford Science and Technology. Wexford is currently renovating space in the 60 series building, adjacent to the planned home of the Wake Forest School of Medicine, to accommodate classrooms and laboratories for innovative undergraduate science programs.

“Our interest in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter allows us to explore fully the intersection of arts and science, scholarship and entrepreneurship, and tradition and innovation,” said Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch. “An undergraduate presence in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter would add to the growing synergy among the city’s academic institutions, while supporting intellectual collaboration, research opportunities and community engagement.”

Wake Forest undergraduate students could begin taking classes and conducting research in Innovation Quarter as early as January 2017. Space is being planned to accommodate up to 350 students by 2021.

“The vision for the Innovation Quarter includes creating a robust knowledge community,” said Wake Forest Innovation Quarter President Eric Tomlinson. “The addition of progressive undergraduate programs from Wake Forest University alongside the various scientific and clinical graduate programs already here very much contributes to that vision, and we are excited to partner with the University in this endeavor.”

Details about new academic offerings and the logistics required to extend the Reynolda Campus presence to downtown Winston-Salem are still in the planning phase and working through the University’s faculty governance process. Wake Forest University and Wake Forest Innovation Quarter intend to share more news about an undergraduate presence in January 2016.

One of the longest continually running nurse anesthesia programs in North Carolina just become the newest kid on the block at Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

Wake Forest Baptist’s Nurse Anesthesia program expanded from 4,440 square feet at its previous location on the Hawthorne Hill campus of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to 11,000 square feet of new space at 525@vine. The new facility includes staff and administration offices, a student lounge, meeting and collaboration rooms, a state-of-the-art technology simulation lab, one traditional classroom, and an innovative, multi-functional learning space that features multi-media technology, an adaptable multi-functional classroom and lecture area and even a full-size basketball goal.

“A goal for the Innovation Quarter has been to create a robust knowledge-based community and for that we have encouraged there being a variety of student programs,” said Eric Tomlinson, president of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. “This vision requires students learning a variety of skills in different ways and across different subject matters. The addition of the top-quality Nurse Anesthesia program at 525@vine helps fulfill that goal.”

“Our Nurse Anesthesia program has been a nationally recognized leader in its field, and this new facility within 525@vine reflects that tradition of excellence,” said Michael Rieker, D.N.P., C.R.N.A., director of Nurse Anesthesia Education. “From the beginning, we envisioned this new space as a place where students could come both to learn and importantly to collaborate with each other and interact with other departments and programs of the School of Medicine and other organizations across the Innovation Quarter.”

With the arrival of the Nurse Anesthesia program, 94 percent of 525@vine is now leased. Other tenants at 525@vine include: Flywheel, a co-working innovation space; Forsyth Tech at Innovation Quarter; the headquarters of Clinical Ink, a provider of electronic data-capturing technology for clinical research; and the Innovation Quarter YMCA of Northwest North Carolina. Mullen, a full-service marketing communications firm announced in January it would move in, December 2015.

Learn more about one Nurse Anesthesia student’s special connection to the Innovation Quarter.

Join us for the last half of the second annual Innovation & Cinema film and speaker series presented by Innovation Quarter and a/perture cinema.



These screenings are FREE and open to the community! Learn more about the Innovation and Cinema film series here.

This two-part series explores the relationships between innovation and the world in which we live. Representatives from various businesses, departments and institutions associated with the Innovation Quarter are creatively paired with a film that reflects their current work. Prior to the screening, guest speakers will engage audiences in a lively, pre-film talk to shed light on the connection.Beer and wine are available for purchase, and you are welcome to picnic prior to the film. Please note that no outside alcohol is allowed into Bailey Park.  Dogs are allowed but must remain leashed.

These screenings are free and open to the community to attend… and don’t worry, there WILL be popcorn!

When: Thursday October 8, October 15 and October 22
Where: Bailey Park – Upper Lawn
Parking: Parking is available in the P1 parking lot located across from Wake Forest Biotech Place and accessible via 5th Street.


October 8: Carmen Jones” 1954
Start time: 7:00 pm
Presented by: Endia Beal, Interim Director, Winston-Salem State University, Diggs Gallery




October 15: Toy Story” 1995
Start time: 7:00 pm
Presented by: Taylor Bryant, Mullen NC




Young Frankenstein

October 22: Young Frankenstein” 1974
Start time: 7:00 pm
Presented by: Ken Russell, Director of Medical Device Development, Wake Forest Innovations


Girls on Fire, the Triad’s first all-girl robotics team is recruiting new members to join this talented, spirited and driven group of young women. An information session for high-school age girls will be held from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., August 25, at Inmar’s headquarters (635 Vine Street, Winston-Salem, North Carolina). The team will compete again this year in the robotics competition, which is offered through the NC FIRST Program.

No prior experience or skillset is required – just positive energy and a desire to contribute their unique talent and passion within a team environment. While the NC FIRST Program promotes interest in science, technology, engineering and mathmatics (STEM), those interested in graphic design, marketing, language arts, and other disciplines are important to the team as well.

The robotics competition program is the premier engineering challenge for high school students. Teams of students, working closely with teachers and volunteer mentors, conceptualize, design, build, program, modify and test a robot to participate in a competition that changes each year.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for young women to work together, learn and contribute their strengths to accomplish an incredible goal,” says Melissa Wittner, VP, Application Software Engineering, who serves as Executive Sponsor for Girls on Fire. “The sense of accomplishment they feel when they see their robot in action is very exciting and rewarding to experience for me as a women engineer,” adds Wittner.


Two Innovation Quarter tenants – Clinical Ink and RIA Solutions Group – have been listed among the country’s fastest-growing companies, a list the business magazine Inc. puts together each year of U.S. companies that have seen the greatest growth.

Clinical Ink was ranked 57th on the Inc. 5000 list, making it the highest ranked among the 15 in the Piedmont Triad and third among the 145 North Carolina companies that made the list.

According to the Triad Business Journal, Clinical Ink had received of $5.9 million in 2014 and “has seen 4,614 percent growth during the past three years and added 90 jobs to achieve a work force of 98.”

RIA Solutions Group, another Innovation Quarter tenant, also ranked on the Inc. 5000 list. The software development company, located in Biotech Place, develops scalable applications and systems that process massive amounts of data quickly.

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