Joe Magno

September 5, 2017

Raleigh Drone Startup Delivers More Than Packages (+ Video)

Published in WRAL TechWire Insider – September 5, 2017 By Joe Magno, NC COIN Executive Director RALEIGH – Every day we hear how drones are going to impact our lives. The popularity of drones is creating numerous business opportunities for creative entrepreneurs. Photographers, land surveyors, farmers and others are leveraging drone technology to enhance efficiency and reduce costs. We recently met with Meredith Fowler, entrepreneur and licensed drone pilot who has built her Raleigh based business by integrating drone technology, specialized […]
August 31, 2017

Thinking About Design Thinking

Published in WRAL TechWire Insider – August 28, 2017 By Joe Magno, NC COIN Executive Director RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – Creativity and design are part of everything that we do and critical to the success of any scientific or technical breakthrough.  Designing a new molecule, medical device, bridge, electrical appliance, and even a shoe requires the application of design thinking and creativity. According to the Industrial Designers Society of America “the optimization of function, value, and appearance to the end user” […]
August 27, 2017

September 27, 2017 COIN Event Update

“COINVERSATIONS” Announced Nanomanufacturing 2017 on the 27th Life Sciences Forum – Regenerative Medicine on the 18th Other Special Events To read the full newsletter, visit:
August 2, 2017

Nanomanufacturing conference set in Greensboro

Published in WRAL TechWire Insider – July 31, 2017 By BARRY TEATER, NCBiotech Writer RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Participants and vendors have only a few weeks left to get tiny pricing for Nano Manufacturing 2017, a conference devoted to the production of extremely small things, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 27, in Greensboro. Vendors have until Aug. 31 to secure early-bird pricing of $250 – a 50 percent discount – for exhibition space at the conference. Other participants have until […]
July 5, 2017

July 2017 COIN Connections Newsletter

Event Updates   New and returning Members Articles on Design and Leadership To read the full newsletter, visit:
July 4, 2017

Valerie Juric-Henry: Aging In Place

July 3, 2017

June 2017 COIN Connections Newsletter

New Website Announced Event Updates New and returning Members Articles on Coaching and Engineering To read the full newsletter, visit:
July 3, 2017

Leadership and Diamonds – the 4 C’s of Quality

Published in WRAL TechWire Insider – July 3, 2017 By Joe Magno, NC COIN Executive Director RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – If you’ve ever shopped for a diamond you’re probably familiar with the Four C’s: Cut, Color, Clarity and Carats. Each C is rated on a 1 to 10 scale. A diamond that rates highly in all four categories is rare and hard to come by. The qualities and ratings for each of the C’s are easily quantified and certifiable by experts […]
June 23, 2017

Inside the Changing Work Environment for Engineers

Published in WRAL TechWire Insider – June 23, 2017 By Joe Magno, NC COIN Executive Director RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – The number of engineering students graduating from North Carolina’s universities is continuing to grow and the work environment that those engineers will enter continues to change and evolve. IEEE GlobalSpec recently conducted its third annual “Pulse of the Engineer” research survey. This online survey asked engineers and technical professionals in the industrial sector about the pace of engineering, work environment, […]
June 22, 2017

Advanced Prototyping Facility Set for Takeoff at First Flight Venture Center

Published in WRAL TechWire Insider – June 22, 2017 RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — First Flight is preparing for the takeoff of its latest venture. Hangar6, a facility for advanced and rapid prototyping, will launch in September at the First Flight Venture Center in RTP, FFVC’s Andy Schwab announced Wednesday. The project is being funded through a $450,000 challenge grant that FFVC earned from the U.S. Department of Commerce. “It’s exciting to see the progress as the Hangar6 facility comes […]
June 20, 2017

Personalized Medicine Startup Panaceutics Inks Deal with Florida Cardiovascular Institute

Published in WRAL TechWire Insider – June 17, 2017 RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – Locally grown biotech firm Panaceutics has finalized an agreement with the Florida Cardiovascular Institute designed to increase patient adherence in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. The agreement finalizes discussions on a partnership that will study personalized combinatorial therapies at the Institute. A personalized medicine and clinical nutrition company, Panaceutics recently expanded its facilities for the third time since it was founded four years ago when it started […]
June 15, 2017

Purposeful Leadership – Some Key Findings From Study

June 14, 2017

Life Sciences Forum on Venture Capital Draws Standing Room Only Crowd

Published in WRAL TechWire Insider – June 6, 2017 Over 150 attendees filled the North Carolina Biotechnology Center auditorium on June 5 for the sixth Life Sciences Forum which featured speakers from five life sciences focused venture firms. Presenters included Scott Weiner (Pappas Ventures), Anita Watkins (REX Strategic Innovations), Jonathan Meltzer (LabCorp Ventures), Alex Gray (Echo Health Ventures), and Michael Dial (Hatteras Venture Partners). Anil Goyal (Open Doors Group) moderated with flair providing speakers with queries that prompted a lively […]
May 31, 2017

MEDIC The Medical Innovators Collaborative

About MEDIC MEDIC is a non-profit organization focused on bridging the gap in biomedical asset development that occurs between idea and product. We do this by pairing medical innovators with intern teams sourced from local universities that we train and mentor. MEDIC collaborates with clinicians, students, researchers, innovative companies and the ecosystem of innovation to turn North Carolina into a biomedical hub.
May 30, 2017

ECC Technologies

Expanding broadband and implementing technology and security solutions into our communities to improve economic development, public safety, education, and healthcare services. In 2011 ECC Technologies secured a significant contract as the exclusive marketing and commercialization partner for North Carolina’s MCNC Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative ($140M Statewide Fiber Network). ECC continues to work with MCNC to expand the broadband network and develop additional fiber infrastructure in rural areas of North Carolina. One of the more recent ECC initiatives involves multiple electrical […]
May 30, 2017


BLAZnTECH is proud to introduce the world’s first and only Motorized Weapons Cleaning System, a pocket-sized tool that manages to quickly and effectively (without any disassembly) clean most commonly used rifles and handguns! Made from glass-reinforced nylon, assembled in the United States, and covered by a 3 year limited warranty, the (MWCS) is guaranteed to provide a luxurious cleaning experience. Founded by a combat veteran who personally discovered the need for such a device during his time overseas, BLAZnTECH is […]
May 30, 2017

Analytical Instrumentation Facility

The AIF is NC State’s primary shared facility for materials characterization with a mission to enable and lead state-of-the-art research through acquisition, development, maintenance, training, and access to major analytical and materials characterization instrumentation. Through the support of engaged faculty and experienced staff, the AIF supports state-of-the-art scanning and transmission electron microscopes, X-ray scattering and spectroscopy instruments, time-of-flight mass spectrometry, scanning probe microscopy, nanoindentation, and extensive sample preparation facilities. Some of specialized capabilities of these instruments include chemically-sensitive atomic-scale imaging, […]
May 29, 2017

WRAL TechWire Insider
May 29, 2017

John Pandich, CEO, Data Bend presents at May 23, 2017 InnovEight 8
May 29, 2017

Allison London Brown, CEO, UVision360 presents at May 23, 2017 InnovEight 8
May 29, 2017

John McDunn, CTO, Clinical Sensors presents at May 23, 2017 InnovEight 8

May 21, 2017

First Flight Venture Center

First Flight Venture Center (FFVC) is a high-science, high-impact incubator located in the heart of Research Triangle Park. Established in 1991 to serve the initial needs of entrepreneurs and early stage science companies. FFVC strives to produce companies that graduate from the facility as financially viable and freestanding businesses. These incubator graduates migrate into the mainstream of the business community, creating jobs and commercializing important new technologies that contribute to a stronger North Carolina economy. We have more than 25 years […]
May 21, 2017


GridBridge is developing and enabling breakthrough power delivery systems for vital applications worldwide. Combining years of research in advanced electronics with innovative software, GridBridge’s platform-based products give customers versatility and dependability. Our Grid Energy Router specifically supports grid modernization by empowering utility customers and integrators to achieve multiple objectives simultaneously: integrate renewable generation and energy storage, significantly increase network efficiency, optimize distribution electric flow, as well as increase overall reliability and resilience. GridBridge can best be summed up by a single word, sustainability.  […]
May 21, 2017


Kinetics is a leading provider of design services and advanced mechanical, piping and HVAC systems for a wide variety of technology-focused market applications. Over our long history, we have partnered with our clients to install generation, purification and distribution equipment for high purity gases, chemicals, slurries, and water required for semiconductor and photovoltaic manufacturing facilities. Kinetics has extensive design and installation experience in complex process piping systems for manufacturing and bio-containment centers. We also specialize in mechanical and piping systems […]
May 21, 2017

Scale Finance

We provide integrated finance solutions to help companies scale. Currently serving over 110 entrepreneurial companies, we deliver pragmatic & flexible corporate finance & accounting support, leveraging world-class professional expertise and experience – as you need it, when you need it. Scale Finance offers veteran Chief Financial Officer or Senior Controller support on a part-time, interim, or special project basis (e.g. bankruptcies, restructurings, accounting system integration, sales tax, clean-up). Our clients get exactly the right level of professional experience and impact […]
May 21, 2017

Keith Ritter Media

Keith Ritter Media provides consulting services in the areas of media, management and marketing. In particular, we focus on how companies can utilize digital media of all forms as well as traditional media to meet their corporate goals. We do not think technology should be utilized because it’s cool but rather because it is good business. Whether it’s social media, wireless, widgets, or the worldwide web, we won’t confuse the technology with the business. We also have a strong belief […]
May 21, 2017

Reklis Coaching and Consulting

Jim Reklis. Jim is an executive leadership coach who empowers business owners, executives and managers who want less stress and more success in life, work, and leadership. He is an expert in leadership development and team building from extensive experience working with businesses and non-profits. Jim brings his own signature presence of values, passion, creativity, and discerning wisdom to any given moment with clients and as a speaker. He specializes in helping leaders navigate transitions, growth, and actualizing potential in […]
May 21, 2017


MedSurgPI, LLC provides novel, commercially-focused Medical Affairs services for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and related technology companies and institutions; to further the penetration of their technologies into clinical practice.  MedSurgPI was founded by and is led by two highly experienced clinician-executives whose combined backgrounds encompass medicine, surgery, technology, product commercialization and clinical development.  We believe in product optimization, and preventing problems before you have to solve them. We are your Virtual Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and Medical Department.  
May 21, 2017

Savills Studley

Marlene Spritzer is a commercial real estate expert specializing in representing corporate end-users, both tenants and owner-occupants. She focuses her practice on life science and technology companies of all sizes as well as medical offices, law firms and other corporate occupiers of lab, office, industrial and flex facilities. Her unique background as an attorney with an undergraduate degree in Chemistry, coupled with her Certified Commercial Investment Management (CCIM) certification and over 19 years of commercial real estate transactional experience, brings […]