8th BioMarine International Business Convention
1-3 oct 2017, Rimouski Qc, Canada View Location

Feb 23

“One, if by Land, and two if by Sea:” Innovation and Transformation of Marine Bio-resources

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David Patrick Green, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Extension Leader
Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences
North Carolina State University

“One, if by land, and two, if by sea”

This phrase, coined by American poet Henry W. Longfellow in his poem, Paul Revere’s Ride, was a reference to the secret signal orchestrated by Revere during his historic ride from Boston to Concord on the verge of American Revolutionary War. The signal was meant to alert patriots about the route the British troops chose to advance to Concord. It was agreed that one lantern meant that the troops chose the longer land route and two lanterns meant the shorter route by water.

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and the state legislature sounded “one, if by land” in December 2014 with release of The North Carolina Food Processing and Manufacturing Initiative: An Economic Feasibility Study. This study found that by implementing four recommendations nearly 38,000 jobs with an associated economic output of $10.3 billion would be created by 2020. This economic growth will help to change the economic trajectory of North Carolina’s communities, creating employment opportunities and enhancing economic sustainability.

Now the North Carolina Marine Bio-Technologies Center of Innovation and NC Biotechnology Center have sounded “two, if by sea” in 12-15 October 2015 with hosting the Biomarine Business Convention in Wilmington, NC. This convention brings together a unique combination of CEOs, top executives, experts, startups and government as a business platform dedicated to the biomarine industry and related sectors. The aim is to broker innovation and transformation of marine bioresources and to provide a unique scouting platform for investment and international collaboration among industry and governments. This unique annual business convention will also help to change the economic trajectory of North Carolina’s coastal communities, creating employment opportunities and enhancing economic sustainability in the biomarine industry and related sectors.

READ ECONOMIC FEASIBILITY STUDY