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Networking/Industry Associations

Because our key industries are well established, there are dozens of associations in the Triangle that help like-minded professionals network and stay on the cutting-edge in their fields of expertise. Browse our “What’s Your Angle” page - it’s like for smarty pants looking to find their next business partner or mentor – or check out the associations and networking events listed below:

Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology  -  The Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology will foster collaboration among universities statewide to create a one-stop resource for industry-academic interactions in nanobiotechnology in North Carolina.

Council for Entrepreneurial Development  Fosters a productive environment for emerging companies and venture investors through programming that includes monthly meetings relevant to the promotion and support of high-growth businesses.

Drug Discovery Center of Innovation The goal of the Drug Discovery Center of Innovation is to be a primary enabler for discovering and developing new candidate drugs for disease serving as a key bridge between industry and academia to translate discoveries into effective medicines.

Duke University Medical Center A leader in Alzheimer’s Disease research and treatments, breast cancer treatment, biomedical research, AIDS research, heart disease, and cardiology-related disorders.

First Flight Venture Center A technology incubator for small, technology-based companies originating in or relocating to the Research Triangle Park.

The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences - The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences is an independent, nonprofit coalition of universities, foundations, government agencies, and private sector businesses engaged in environmental risk assessment and biomedical sciences research and development.

Ibiliti  Ibiliti is committed to building and expanding a network of intellectual, human, and financial resources that advanced medical technology companies can tap into in order to quickly and successfully navigate the commercialization and development process.

International Society for Measurement and Control (ISA) International educational, scientific, and technical organization.

Marine Biotechnology Center of Innovation The intent of this center is to bring together marine biotechnologically based services and innovation, create markets where none exist, and contribute to the educational, economic, and social development of the state of North Carolina.

MCNC (formerly Microelectronics Center of North Carolina) A private, nonprofit corporation in partnership with North Carolina universities, businesses, and state government that supports research and education in microelectronics, advanced communication, supercomputing, and visualization.

Motor & Equipment Manufacturers AssociationRepresents and serves U.S. manufacturers of products for all classes of motor vehicles.

National Humanities Center An institute for advanced study in history, literature, philosophy, and other fields of the humanities.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Conducts biomedical research on the effects of chemical, physical, and biological environmental agents on human health.

NC State University, Centennial CampusA 1,334-acre academic village and research center made up of university and private laboratories, a technology incubator, hotel-conference center, retail stores, and housing.

The North Carolina Biosciences Organization (NCBIO) - The trade association for North Carolina's life science community. As a statewide nonprofit advocacy organization, NCBIO works with federal, state and local officials to improve North Carolina's attractiveness as a location for life science discovery, innovation and commercialization.

North Carolina Biotechnology Center Focus is to strengthen the biotechnology research capabilities of the state’s universities, assist biotechnology business development, encourage collaborations among the state’s universities, industry and government, and strengthen North Carolina’s national and international leadership in biotechnology.

North Carolina Defense Business Association The North Carolina Defense Business Association is comprised of a group of businesses with interests in military contracting, government affairs, and supporting the state’s military installations.

North Carolina Information Highway Provides state government entities with a broadband network for high-speed data, voice, and video.

North Carolina Military Foundation The North Carolina Military Foundation works to grow the presence and impact of the military installations located in North Carolina.

North Carolina Technology Association The North Carolina Technology Association is working to make technology number one in North Carolina through executive engagement, public affairs, and a knowledgeable work force. 

North Carolina World Trade Association, Triangle Chapter A network of large and small manufacturers, wholesalers, merchandisers, cargo handlers, bankers, service providers, and government agencies sharing overseas marketing knowledge and promoting international trade.

Research Triangle Foundation The management, marketing, and development organization for the Research Triangle Park.

Research Triangle Institute - Provides contract research to federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as to private industry and foundations.

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society Program activities encourage scientific research and public understanding of science and technology and science education. 

Small Business and Technology Development Center Supports economic development in the region and state by providing technical assistance in the start-up, successful operation, and expansion of small businesses.

Triangle Game Initiative The Triangle Game Initiative is the trade association for Raleigh-Durham’s interactive entertainment industry.

The Triangle Universities Center for Advanced Studies - Facilitates the planning and execution of nonprofit research and educational programs that utilize and enhance the productivity of the intellectual and physical resources of the three universities.

UNC Office of Economic and Business Development Provides information and services to increase jobs and wealth in North Carolina, making it more competitive in the global economy.

U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyConducts research on the health effects of exposure to air pollutants, pesticides, and toxic substances; develops and standardizes techniques for monitoring air pollutants; and develops and evaluates technologies for controlling air pollutants.

Additional Organizations:
Association Executives of North Carolina
Association for Corporate Growth
Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (ASAP)

International Society of Automation
Licensing Executives Society
National Association of Women Business Owners
North Carolina Office of Information Technology Services 
The Triangle Universities Center for Advanced Studies, Inc. 
Triangle Interactive Marketing Association
Triangle American Marketing Association
Public Relations Society of America North Carolina Chapter

American Advertising Federation of Raleigh, Durham, Cary and Chapel Hill

Chambers of Commerce in the Region:
Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce
Chapel Hill Carrboro Chamber of Commerce
Apex Chamber of Commerce
Cary Chamber of Commerce
Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce
Garner Chamber of Commerce
Hillsborough Orange County Chamber of Commerce
Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce
Knightdale Chamber of Commerce
Morrisville Chamber of Commerce
Rolesville Chamber of Commerce
Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce
Wendell Chamber of Commerce
Zebulon Chamber of Commerce