OCED Carolina Innovations Seminar – Celebration of Inventorship
Thursday, April 20, 2017
The Great Room, Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Followed by a networking reception in the same location

We hope that you plan to attend the 13th annual Celebration of Inventorship. It is our opportunity to gather and show appreciation for University researchers who are innovating and translating their important contributions to the University, the North Carolina community, and the world. We will also be honoring an Inventor of the Year for exemplary contributions to innovation and entrepreneurship. This year’s Inventor of the Year is Nancy Allbritton, MD, PhD. She will speak following the presentations and share her experiences as a researcher and entrepreneur.

Nancy Allbritton

Nancy Allbritton

Dr. Nancy Allbritton is being honored as the UNC-Chapel Hill 2017 Inventor of the Year for her distinguished career and achievements in innovation and commercialization by the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. 

Dr. Allbritton is a Kenan Distinguished Professor and Chair of the UNC-Chapel Hill/North Carolina State University Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering. She earned her B.S. in physics from Louisiana State University, her M.D. from Johns Hopkins University, and her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Allbritton began her academic career in biomedical engineering at the University of California-Irvine and came to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2007.  

Dr. Allbritton’s research has resulted in technology advancements that address unmet needs in biotechnology and medicine related to single cell isolation and analysis, cell sorting and cloning, organ on a chip, and tools for evaluating cell signaling. Her approach to research is collaborative and multidisciplinary, incorporating expertise in the fields of cell biology and physiology, chemistry, biomedical engineering, physics, and material science to develop practical applications and solutions. 

Dr. Allbritton has aggressively pursued commercialization of technologies arising from her research. She is a co-founder of several university startup companies including CellBiosciences (Protein Simple; acquired by Bio-Techne in 2014), Intelligo (licensed to International Rectifier), Cell Microsystems (UNC-Chapel Hill) and Altis Biosystems (UNC-Chapel Hill).


Register for this event, free of charge: Registration, April 20, 2017


This year the OCED Carolina Innovation seminars will be held entirely in the Great Room at Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery at the corner of Franklin and Columbia streets. The seminar runs from 5:30-6:30 p.m., followed immediately by a networking reception in the same space.

Public Parking Options

Your best bet is public parking in one of the lots on Rosemary Street. Traveling from Raleigh/Durham, via Franklin Street, make a right on North Columbia Street. Take the next right on Rosemary Street. There will be pay lots on both sides of the street. The charge for parking is $1.00-1.25 per hour.

Campus Parking Options

Parking on campus is available, but it is sometimes difficult to find spaces. The Morehead Parking Lot is located on Franklin Street next to Morehead Planetarium. Another lot, the Swain Parking lot is located on Cameron Avenue. Be aware, however, that this lot is frequently reserved for events at Memorial Hall. From Raleigh/Durham via Franklin Street, make a left onto South Columbia Street. At the second light, make a left onto Cameron Avenue. The first left is the entrance to Swain Parking Lot. The charge for parking at campus lots is $1.00-1.25 per hour.
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Save the Date

September 1, 2016 Karen LeVert, President, Southeast TechInventures, Inc.
October 6, 2016 Leo John, Business Outreach Legal Specialist, NC Dept. of the Secretary of State, Securities Division
November 3, 2016 Niels Lindquist, Institute of Marine Sciences
December 1, 2016 Scott Doron, Office of Science, Technology & Innovation
January 5, 2017  Members of the NC Biotechnology Center Science and Technology Development Team
February 2, 2017  F. Reed Johnson, PhD, Duke Univ. School of Medicine
March 2, 2017  Randy Myer, Managing Director, Carolina Angel Network
April 20, 2017 –  Celebration of Inventorship  Nancy Allbritton, MD, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor and Chair of the UNC/NCSU Joint Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
*Dates are subject to change 

Carolina Innovations Seminar Sponsors


Olive Law Group, PLLC  Southeast TechInventures
Thrive IP
Smith Moore Leatherwood, LLP Stites & Harbison, PLLC


Myers Bigel Wyrick Robbins Jenkins Wilson Taylor & Hunt, PA
Hutchison PLLC Withrow + Terranova Andrews Kurth Kenyon, LLP
Alston & Bird, LLP McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP Eastman