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USA 2015



12-14 October 2015

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

North Carolina: Where Ocean Meets Innovation

America’s port of call for global biomarine science and business

The state of North Carolina boasts more than 300 miles (480 km) of Atlantic coastline, 12,000 miles (19,300 km) of estuarine shoreline and world-renowned universities, with programs related to marine sciences. That adds up to an ideal place to commercialize technologies from the ocean.

A Firm Base for Marine Biotech

North Carolina is among the top three biotechnology states in the United States, with more than 600 companies employing over 60,000 people. Entrepreneurs, scientists and educators statewide are developing marine biotech opportunities in aquaculture, diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, natural products, fuel/ energy, seafood preservation, fish feed, water-quality testing, waste remediation and bioproducts derived from algae.

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center (NCBiotech) is a private, non-profit corporation supported by the North Carolina General Assembly. Its mission is to provide long-term economic and societal benefits to North Carolina by supporting biotechnology research, business, education and strategic policy statewide. NCBiotech supports diverse industry sectors across the state, including a strong focus on marine biotech.


Responsible translation of marine bioresources and aquatic life into commercial success is the prime focus of specialty organizations in North Carolina such as the Marine Biotechnology Action Team, the Marine Science and Education Partnership and the Stewards of the Future. These organizations provide mechanisms to connect investors, researchers, entrepreneurs, business leaders and economic developers.

NCBiotech’s Southeastern Office and Eastern Offices also work together with partner organizations to showcase the state’s marine biotech assets and to build related economic development relationships that help companies start and grow in North Carolina.

Economic Development and Commercialization

NCBiotech offers loans and other help to companies and researchers across the state. It also spurred development of the Marine Bio-Technologies Center of Innovation (MBCOI), which engages scientists, entrepreneurs, and investors to accelerate commercialization of marine products.

Based in Wilmington, MBCOI serves marine biotechnology stakeholders throughout North Carolina and beyond, and is one of the first members of BioMarine’s International Cluster Association (BICA), to forge international business relationships, and advocate for research, development and commercialization of technologies from the sea.

University of North Carolina Wilmington’s MARBIONC program focuses on translational research, and the CREST Research Park offers world-class wet lab space for researchers, entrepreneurial startups, and existing companies.


Wilmington, North Carolina is centrally located on the East Coast of the United States, midway between New York and Florida. Located on the Cape Fear River, which flows into the Atlantic Ocean, Wilmington is a sizable seaport, including private marine terminals and the North Carolina State Ports Authority’s Port of Wilmington.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) connects North Carolina to the world with more daily flights per capita than any other airport in the United States. CLT is the sixth busiest airport in the world offering non-stop service to over 130 destinations worldwide via more than 700 daily flights. It also serves as a national hub for US Airways. Charlotte is 200 miles (320 km) from Wilmington.

Serving southeast North Carolina, the Wilmington International Airport (ILM) is truly a gem on the East Coast of the United States. Specializing in hospitality and offering a wealth of convenience, ILM provides flight options through Delta and American Airlines/US Airways. ILM offers many non-stop flights to popular destinations within the United States such as Charlotte, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and New York City. ILM is also home to a world-class general aviation terminal to allow arrivals, departures, storage, and maintenance of private aircraft.

ILM is a designated airport for clearing U.S. Customs from a foreign location. ILM maintains a new state of the art separate International Terminal providing a full service Federal Inspection Station to clear international flights. This facility meets the new U.S. Customs requirements. Unique amenities offered in this new facility include ease of processing and clearance, a luxurious waiting lounge with complimentary WIFI, a pilot lounge and rest area and outside pet area.

Serving over 750,000 passengers per year, ILM prides itself on its convenient flight options, ease of use, and extremely friendly staff. The airport is 4 miles (6.5 km) from downtown Wilmington.

North Carolina Tourism Information

Wilmington: See Where the Water Takes You

Cruising the Wilmington Waterfront (photo credit: Bill Russ — visitnc.com)

One destination. And four unique settings offer extraordinary experiences in the historic river district of Wilmington, North Carolina, and on three colorful island beaches – Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach. Proud of its rich history and beach vacation treasures, each is a place to enjoy the coast’s natural beauty and spend time with family and friends. Known for its down-to-earth attitude and warm energy, Wilmington is an eclectic mix of progressive culture in a historic setting with coastal charm. With original year-round festivals and events, seafood-rich and coastal-inspired menus, family-friendly museums, classic theatre, local storefront shopping and a vibrant nightlife, Wilmington and its island beaches flow with the pulse of coastal life and free you to be spontaneous…and see where the water takes you.


Wilmington in October

Average monthly high – 76°F (24°C)
Average monthly low – 55°F (13°C)

Convention Venue:

Union Station Conference Center
Cape Fear Community College
502 North Front Street
Wilmington, North Carolina 28401

More informations : http://www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com/wilmington/ (Wilmington, North Carolina)