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PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY LAUNCHBIO The free event series Larger Than Life Science, which is held in the Chesterfield Building on the first Thursday of every month, featured a series of sessions and an expo surrounding the theme “Brilliant Minds” in February. Ariana Eily of Duke University moderated a session with four local life science entrepreneurs who are still students in high school and college. J.P. Morgan Executive Director of Life Sciences Joe Lee shared the trends and highlights that will shape the life sciences. The final session of the night, “Revolutionizing Drug Discovery,” provided insight and inspiration from Ribometrix, longtime BioLabs residents who have recently graduated out of the coworking lab. Ribometrix founders Drs. Kevin Weeks and Katie Warner shared their journey from academic research to $30 million Series A financing. In the atrium, community work spaces Hangar6, SplatSpace, North Carolina School of Science and Math’s FabLab and Triangle DIY Biology provided a hands-on opportunity to explore the exciting scientific fields of biology, genetic engineering and biotechnology.






1 LaunchBio student entrepreneurs Davis Upchurch of North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Elizabeth Schwabe of UNC-Chapel Hill, Chris Fesmire of UNC and NC State University, and Meera Davis, also of UNC. 2 Roger Nolan, Drew Sherrill, Bailey DeMuth and Jeff Welch. 3 Jason Adair and Jennie Orr. 4 Lilly Ferrick and Melissa Peters. 6 Sanjoy Mahanty and Arijit Bhowmick. 6 Ariana Eily of Duke University and Shay Brill of ARG.

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Durham Magazine April 2019  

Durham Magazine April 2019