"Recognizing the international role of the Marine Bio-Technologies Center of Innovation (MBCOI)...continuation of its relevant service for business and industry..."
- Anthony DellingerPresident, Kepley Biosystems Inc.
"MBCOI has secured a spot for KBI to participate in the Investment Track Business Pitch at BioMarine 2015...These invitations and spotlight have generated remarkable exposure for our enterprise and resulted in several contacts and upcoming collaborations. I firmly believe that had I connected with MBCOI earlier, KBI would be in a more advanced position to initiate commercial production."
- IJ WonOwner, Marshallberg Farm
"Over the past several years, MBCOI has worked to foster the expansion of aquaculture and related businesses in NC. Most recently, MBCOI provided Marshallberg Farm with a business analysis for our new seafood processing facility which is expected to have as many as 20 employees."
- Lisa DayCEO, Ocis Biotechnology
"Over the past two years I have worked closely with MBCOI to advance our company's mission and was grateful for their substantial business counseling and commercialization support."
- Willy A. Valdivia-GrandaCEO, Orion Integrated Biosciences Inc.
"The MBCOI team combines deep scientific expertise and business-related experience in different biotechnology sectors. This translates as an ability to recognize and effectively market the OIB platform into new business areas."
- Nima FarzanCEO and President, PaxVax
"Dr. Mosca has extensive experience growing biotechnology businesses, and I am sure she will be successful as your partner in growing the marine biotechnology regional cluster in North Carolina."
- Nancy BakerPresident, ParlezChem
"Over the past two years, MBCOI has engaged ParlezChem in several business opportunities, both regionally and internationally, that allowed us to expand our business in ways we could not have achieved without MBCOI's guidance and networking."
- Scott H. Ensign, PhDPartner, Planktos Instruments, LLC
"The proposed Cluster will significantly expand upon the already successful model provided by the Marine Bio-Technologies Center of Innovation (MBCOI) in Wilmington, NC."
- Niels LindquistPresident, Sandbar Oyster Co.
"Drs. Mosca and Carter of the MBCOI, in conjunction with the UNC-CH OTD, have been instrumental in helping evolve and drive our thinking and understanding of how to move from a patentable innovation to a start-up company."
- Wm. Gabe DoughFounder, CEO, Shure Foods, Inc.
"The combined forces of NCEast and the MBCOI is the type of focused partnership needed to build a cluster capable of accelerating business development in this space. Both organizations have already begun to play a role in taking Shure Foods from R&D upstart to revenue generating growth company by offering networking, mentoring and educational opportunities."
- David EgglestonProfessor & Director, NCSU-CMAST
"Recently, with CMAST faculty, MBCOI has been developing a business model to provide industry access to our new advanced Marine Magnetic Resonance Facility (MMRF), as well as promoting the facility to academic faculty across the state...MBCOI has also partnered with the Seafood Technology Laboratory...to identify and promote promising new antimicrobial technology."
- Christopher BrownVP Research & Graduate Education, UNC-GA
"We engaged the MBCOI in several efforts including serving as the Chair of the Inventory of Activities and Assets Workgroup and creating a taxonomic structure for UNC's marine-related assets."
"First, through their exclusive partnership, MBCOI and Orion Integrated Biosciences (OIB) are providing my laboratory access to a truly unique bioinformatics analysis system that is otherwise only available to Governmental agencies involved in biodefense and related research."
- Executive Principal, University R&D program
"...I have first-hand knowledge of MBCOI's impact on our faculty and corporate tenants in MARBIONC. MBCOI provided significant expertise and guidance and assisted them with intellectual property development, securing funding, company start-up, as well as connecting them to potential collaborators within NC and beyond."
"The Council is currently partnering with MBCOI on hosting the 2015 BioMarine Business Convention, working to make the 300-acre NC Down East Aquacentre a reality and on many other initiatives that will promote NC's Blue Economy."
- Kazimierz MurzynPresident and CEO, Klaster Life Science Krakow, Poland
"I am impressed by recent accomplishments that have laid the groundwork on which to build this type of innovative technology business assistance program to support your marine biotechnology cluster, especially the impressive milestones reached by the Marine Bio-Technologies Center of Innovation that align well with our efforts..."
- John ChaffeePresident & CEO, NCEast Alliance
"We were obviously impressed with the many contributions of the MBCOI. The support of companies and service providers you have already assisted is ample evidence that all of us believe this is an important sector that offers much opportunity for growth, investment and job creation for North Carolina."
"...have proven to be capable, strong partners for biotechnology development. Your contribution to the endeavor to build marine biotechnology in the state is immeasurable, adding significant benefit to our state's pursuit of marine biotechnology-related education research, and commercial opportunities. The most favorable outcomes are yet to come."
- Steve YostPresident, The Southeastern Partnership
"MBCOI has facilitated highly important strategies for the development of this sector, including collaboration with businesses and our universities..."
"We also have an extensive background with MBCOI...Last October in Cascais, Portugal, I represented NC's Governor Pat McCrory in welcoming the 2015 International BioMarine Business Convention to Wilmington, NC-the first US location."