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Saturday, April 9, 2011


2011 NCBC Industrial Fellowship Program

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center ( is pleased to announce that the following five North Carolina life sciences companies have been chosen as sponsors for the year 2011 of the NCBC Industrial Fellowship Program:

Liquidia Technologies
Parion Sciences
SePRO Corporation
KeraNetics, LLC

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s Industrial Fellowship Program provides the state’s Ph.D. scientists with an opportunity to gain industry experience and companies to benefit from new talent and expertise. The program is for recent doctoral graduates and postdoctoral fellows who would like to transition from academia to permanent employment in the state’s life sciences industry.

The Industrial Fellowship Program provides two years of funding for a scientist to work as an employee at a sponsoring company. A sponsoring company is a biotechnology R&D or contract research company with research operations in North Carolina. The company must have a senior scientist on staff to provide industry-oriented scientific mentorship.

Scientists who participate in the program gain industrial scientific experience and learn about the non-technical business activities associated with technology commercialization. Over the course of their fellowship, scientists will:

Biotechnology Center and Company Contributions

The Biotechnology Center provides a significant part of salary and benefit support to the fellows. The sponsoring company is expected to provide a portion of the salary (see table below). The salary for a first-year fellow is $40,000 and $12,000 for benefits for a total funding of $52,000 per year. It is assumed that second-year fellows will receive a 3 percent cost-of-living increase.

Company Employee Size

Company Contribution

Biotechnology Center Contribution toward salary and benefits

Total Funding

1 to 25


$35,000 + $12,000


26 to 100


$30,000 + $12,000


more than 100


$25,000 + $12,000


Application Deadlines

Five fellowship positions are available for each annual program cycle. For 2011, the following deadlines apply:

Company application deadline:

February 25, 2011

Biotechnology Center will review applications and pick five companies for 2011:

March 25, 2011

Candidate application deadline:

April 29, 2011

Biotechnology Center will forward resume of candidates to company:

May 2, 2011

Company will conduct interviews and make decision:

June 15, 2011

Fellow will start program at company:

July 18, 2011

Learn More

For questions about the NCBC Industrial Fellowship Program, please contact Shobha Parthasarathi at (919) 541-9366, or e-mail

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