RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC—The North Carolina Biotechnology Center has created a new Statewide Operations and Economic Development Division to foster the creation and growth of biotechnology companies, business development and new job opportunities throughout the state.
Mike Wilkins, senior policy advisor to North Carolina House Speaker Joe Hackney and a former three-term state legislator himself, has been hired to lead the division as senior vice president of statewide operations and economic development.
In addition, Steven Casey, business development director, has been promoted to vice president of statewide development, and Bill Bullock, director of bioscience industrial development, has been promoted to vice president of bioscience industrial development.
Casey and Bullock will report to Wilkins, who will oversee a staff of 15 and report to Norris Tolson, president and CEO.
“This new division is critical to our mission of developing biotechnology and creating high-paying jobs in all parts of the state,” Tolson said. “Mike Wilkins, Steve Casey and Bill Bullock collectively have decades of senior experience in business, government, economic development and the military.”
n his newly created position, Wilkins, 62, will oversee the Biotechnology Center’s five regional offices, five regional biotechnology advisory committees and worldwide economic development activities.
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