BRI CEO Giles Shih shared his perspective and experience as an agricultural biotech entrepreneur at the April 29 NCBiotech Jobs Network event titled “Grow Your Future.” The event, organized by the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in Research Triangle Park, NC, was the latest in a series of monthly get-togethers for mid-career biotech and life-science job seekers, recruiters, and company representatives. NCBiotech Job Network is one of the center’s workforce development initiatives, where participants are encouraged to share career information, ideas, and opportunities. In addition to Dr. Shih, panelists from Syngenta, AgCareers.com, and Advanced Animal Diagnostics talked about qualities that agbiotech companies look for in potential employees, suggested how applicants can transition to and position themselves for jobs in the industry, and gave tips on how to network effectively. For more information about future NCBiotech Jobs Network events, please visit the NCBiotech Jobs Network website.
BRI joined the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and more than 40 other NC life science companies and partners at the 2013 BIO International Convention to showcase why North Carolina consistently ranks as one of the United States’ top biotechnology clusters. As a sponsor of the North Carolina Pavilion (Booth 2617), BRI conducted presentations and met with event participants to network, answer questions, and discuss potential collaborations. “It was our pleasure to tell the story of BRI and explain why we and so many other life science companies chose to call North Carolina home,” said CEO Giles Shih. “The state has everything to offer the biotech entrepreneur: an active biotech community, an active and diverse knowledge-based economy, a highly educated workforce, a thriving life science ecosystem, and excellent quality of life.” This year’s BIO convention took place from April 21-25 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. The largest global event for the biotech industry, it featured keynotes from policymakers, scientists, CEOs, and celebrities, as well as hundreds of sessions covering biotech trends, policy issues, and technological innovations. To foster partnership opportunities, BIO also featured an extensive One-on-One Partnering Forum and the exhibitors from around the world.
BRI is partnering with local companies to support a Stop Hunger Now Meal Packing event at Lonerider Brewery in Raleigh on Monday, May 6. Stop Hunger Now is a Raleigh-based international relief agency that has been coordinating the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid to families all over the world since 1998. From 5 to 8 p.m. on May 6, volunteers from BRI and around the Triangle will help pack 20,000 meals consisting of dehydrated rice, beans and other nutritious ingredients. These meals will be shipped to countries with under-nourished populations and help support ongoing development programs there. “It's our pleasure and privilege to sponsor a Stop Hunger Now Meal Packing event this year. As a company that is focused on sustainable solutions to help feed the world, BRI believes we must improve both food production and distribution in order to feed a growing world,” said CEO Giles Shih, adding, “Stop Hunger Now’s vision of 'a world without hunger' resonates especially well with us.” There is still an opportunity to register for the May 6 event at Lonerider Brewery (Lonerider will provide the first beer for free to volunteers, while supplies last!).
Perspectives, the quarterly magazine of North Carolina State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), profiled BRI’s co-founders Dr. Jason Shih and Dr. Giles Shih in its Winter 2013 issue in an article entitled “Persistence pays off for alumnus who leads CALS biotech spinoff.” You can read the profile on BRI’s co-founders here >>. Perspectives also featured an article on the 2012-2013 CALS Alumni Awards Reception, held November 2012 at the NC State University Club to honor former CALS students who have used their talents to excel in their chosen fields as well as to serve their community, industry, or organization. Giles, who received his MS in Microbiology from NC State University in 1993, was recognized at the reception as a recipient of the CALS Outstanding Alumnus Award. You can read the article on the CALS Alumni Awards Reception here >>.