The North Carolina Center of Innovation Network (NC COIN)
is where constructive conversations take place, connections are made
and leveraged, and ideas to advance technology application and
economic growth, move forward.

Welcome to the Center

To inform, educate and facilitate


NC COIN is an inclusive member network bringing together scientists, technologists, and engineers, as well as those industries that impact their growth. We have researchers looking for investors, and investors in search of ideas.  NC COIN enables them to interconnect and collaborate with one another in powerful ways.

  • Conferences
  • Show-and-Tells
  • Educational Seminars
  • Online Links to Resources
  • Community Based Programs
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The power of COIN membership

Our membership model provides companies large and small, startups and entrepreneurs, public and private research institutes, universities, individuals and anyone with a vested interest in Biotechnology, Agriculture, Nanobiotechnology and related fields, to come together and work as one. We enable these companies, stakeholders and investors to leverage all of North Carolina’s resources in these particular areas and accelerate development. How? Through open forums, idea portals and hands on workshops.

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The Piedmont Triad is organizing assets in our region to become a significant player in the promising nanobiotech field. We are particularly focused on commercialization of university research in order to create jobs and attract high tech business to our region. Knowledge economy jobs will be a key to re-energizing our regional economy. We are excited about COIN’s grant and look forward to hosting roundtables in the Piedmont Triad.

Ed Kitchen, Board Chair, Gateway University Research Park Co-Chair, Piedmont Triad Nano Bio Commercialization Cluster


A hub of activity



What we believe

We believe that the movement and exchange of ideas is the most powerful catalyst to facilitate innovative economic growth in the twenty first century.

We are dedicated to connecting and leveraging human, intellectual and financial resources to accelerate ideas, drive business success and establish and maintain a culture of innovative growth.

We provide events, programs and information that catalyzes and supports the continuous development and improvement of an environment that encourages and celebrates the application of technology to improve the human condition.

We aspire to become the Center of a network of innovative individuals and organizations focused on building and leveraging a Culture of Innovation and our collective capacity to build a more vibrant and innovative economy in North Carolina, thereby driving our individual success.


Joe Magno

NC COIN’s Executive Director maintains a long history of successfully launching a number of technology companies. He’s Mr. Big Vision.

> Email Joe


Karen Shank

As NC COIN’s Business Development Director, she helps organize programs, budgets and contracts. Success starts with Karen.

> Email Karen