Thursday, February 28, 2013
The engineering and landscape architecture design firm Stewart announced that its Durham office has moved downtown to the Kress Building at 101 W. Main St. The new 5,100-square-foot office is in a building that previously housed the department store S.H. Kress & Co.
Cenduit, a global provider of services related to clinical trials, is adding 44 percent more office space at its Durham headquarters and plans to increase its local staff by some 30 percent this year.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The StartupBus has added Durham’s American Underground as a stop on its route on the way to the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, Texas. The bus packs "entrepreneurs" – all strangers – who are tasked with conceiving of and planning the launch of a startup over the course of a three-day road trip. Upon arrival, these “buspreneurs” are supposed to ready to launch.
Aseptia, a fruit and vegetable processor company built around patented technology developed at North Carolina State University, has secured $6 million in a third round of venture funding to expand its manufacturing capabilities.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The Hilton hotel property located off of Page Road in Durham has officially switched its flag to the DoubleTree by Hilton brand after completing a seven-month, $8 million renovation in February.
Alexander McCall Smith, bestselling author of the “No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” series, will receive the 2013 Duke LEAF Award for Lifetime Environmental Achievement in the Fine Arts.
Three appointees were named to City of Durham boards, committees or commissions. Ashley O. Hernandez, Jr. was appointed to the Equal Business Opportunity Program Advisory Committee; Edward M. Binanay was reappointed to the Durham Performing Arts Center Oversight Committee; and Margaretta (Marty) Belin was also reappointed to the Durham Performing Arts Center Oversight Committee.
Monday, February 25, 2013
City Manager Tom Bonfield has announced the appointment of Daniel Curia as the new chief of the Durham Fire Department. Curia has served as the interim fire chief since December 2012.
The City of Durham Human Relations Commission honored four residents who have distinguished themselves by contributing their time and talents to promoting good human relations in Durham.
The four honorees were Mary Joyner of the QUEENS Program; Rev. Phillip Jackson, director of New Beginnings Outreach Community Development Corporation; Henry M. "Mickey" Michaux, Jr., North Carolina General Assembly Representative; and Maya Bryant, a student at Durham School of the Arts.
The Duke University Board of Trustees on Friday approved the creation of a Department of Neurology within the School of Medicine. The board also approved upgrading the status of International Comparative Studies, as well as new tuition rates for 2013-14.
Friday, February 22, 2013
Two veteran Raleigh venture capitalists, David Jones and Jason Capalin, partners in Southern Capitol Ventures have launched an effort to raise $25 million for a new seed-stage venture fund that would collaborate with business startup activities in Durham.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Durham-based IDEA Fund Partners, an early-stage fund joined a syndicate of three other investors in backing Florida-based 71lbs, a startup focused on helping clients collect money-back, on-time guarantees.
Duke scientists studying brain implants engineered rats with a sixth sense that allows them to “feel” infrared light.
The Triangle Business Journal has unveiled 10 Durham Health Care Heroes Awards finalists. The finalists include Wanda Bride at Duke University Hospital, Duke Heart Center; Misty Guerrero at Durham Regional Hospital; Mary Lawrence at Cornucopia Cancer Support Center; Mary Jane Moseley, Cheryl Thaxton, and Stephanie Niemchak at Duke University Hospital; Leanne Richbourg at Duke University Medical Center; Jane Rigsbee at James E. Davis Ambulatory Surgery Center, Duke; Dr. Michael Rosenberg, at Health Decisions and Walter Lee Williford at Duke University Health System.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
City Council members voted 4-3 on Monday to allow a developer to place up to 149 townhouses in the proposed Southpoint Trails project in south Durham off N.C. 751.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Nextreme Thermal Solutions, a technology company spun off by RTI International, the nonprofit contract research institute based in the Research Triangle Park, has been acquired by Laird Technologies, a designer and supplier of electronics components and systems.
A groundbreaking will occur today on a $10.9 million project to close two dangerous rail crossings, straighten a curved track to allow faster train speeds, and lift the trains on a new bridge over Hopson Road in southern Durham.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Duke University notified the coffee shop chain last week that it will have to temporarily close starting March 1 due to ongoing renovations to the Bryan Center. The cafe plans to reopen in early June at its same location.
Duke Junior Lynn Vandendriessche was selected Sunday as new president of the Duke University Union. Vandendriessche wants the group to branch out more to collaborate with other students groups during her tenure.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
County Commissioners voted 4-0 on Monday to give bioMerieux, a biotech company based in the Treyburn Corporate Park a $400,000 business incentive deal to help finance an expansion of its facility.
Erin Marie Souther has been selected as Durham Technical Community College's Academic Excellence Award recipient for 2013.
Durham Technical Community College has named Valarie Evans senior vice president for student learning, development and support and Thomas Jaynes vice president for institutional advancement and support
After a three-year stint as a wide receivers coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers, an AFC North division title and a trip to the Super Bowl, Scottie Montgomery is returning home to Duke University.
A Kentucky-based company that has plans to redevelop the downtown SunTrust tower into a boutique hotel has now bought the building from Greenfire Development. The property is located at 111 N. Corcoran St. A company majority owned and controlled by Louisville, Ky.-based 21c Museum Hotels bought the building for $5.25 million on Friday.
Monday, February 11, 2013
The City of Durham Public Works Department civil engineer Sujit Ekka has been named an International Jennings Randolph Fellow by the American Public Works Association and the Eisenhower Institute of Gettysburg College.
Debra Saunders-White, deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Education, was elected NCCU’s 11th chancellor by the UNC Board of Governors. She is the first woman to be permanently named to the chancellor’s role at the 8,100-student historically black university in Durham.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Kam Leong, the James B. Duke professor of biomedical engineering at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE)—one of the highest professional distinctions for engineers.
Tranzyme Inc.'s board of directors will explore a possible sale, merger or business combination for the Durham drug developer, which recently ended research into its most advanced experimental treatment.
Tracy Futhey has been re-appointed as vice president for information technology and chief information officer (CIO) for Duke University.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Natalie Beyer, a member of the Durham Public Schools Board of Education, is now one of the volunteer leaders of a grassroots advocacy group called Public Schools First NC.
The owner of Durham’s Shiki Sushi Asian Bistro, Sushi & Bar at 207 W. N.C. 54 is making plans to shift the restaurant’s operations into a neighboring space under a different name, Tsau, so he can renovate the old Shiki space and open an Asian fondue, or hot pot, concept. Tasu is expected to be open in March, the new hot pot concept is expected to be open by May or by June.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
“I think what really makes Durham a great place for new businesses is that there is so much creativity, diversity, and other start-ups already happening here. So not only is there lots of room to grow, but there’s a lot of enthusiasm and support coming from the community. There’s a whole culture of ‘we can do it’ and you just kind of feed off of that, seeing so many other businesses opening and thriving.”
— Gourmet deVille, Rim Vilgalys Brings New Artisan Liqueur to North Carolina ABC
— Gourmet deVille, Rim Vilgalys Brings New Artisan Liqueur to North Carolina ABC
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Melinda Gates is among seven people who will receive honorary degrees from Duke University this year. Other degree recipients include founder of PIMCO, Bill Gross, human-rights activist Marguerite “Maggy” Barankitse; immune-system scientist Dr. Max Cooper; David S. Ferriero, archivist of the United States; Henry Louis Gates Jr., professor of African-American history and literature at Harvard University; and choreographer Judith Jamison.
Barton Haynes, the Frederic M. Hanes Professor of Medicine and Immunology at Duke University and Director of the Duke Human Vaccine Institute and leader of the Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology-Immunogen Discovery, will receive the 2013 AAI-Steinman Award for Human Immunology Research from the American Association of Immunologists.The award recognizes “significant, sustained achievement in immunology research pertinent to human disease pathogenesis, prevention, or therapy.”
BPG Properties, one of the largest owners of flex and warehouse real estate in the Triangle, has sold the three buildings it owns in the Triangle Business Center office in Durham. Additionally, the company announced it’s changing its name to Equus Capital Partners.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Intersil has signed a 7.5-year lease agreement to occupy 25,038 square feet in the Keystone Technology Park IV flex building at 419 Davis Drive. It will soon be relocating its research lab facility currently located at 4020 Stirrup Creek Drive to Keystone Park.
Old Chatham Golf Club in Durham has announced that Brian Powell, director of golf course operations, has been named vice president of the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association, a conduit for continuing education and research funding for the entire golf industry.