Merrill Mason Selected to Moderate a CED Biotech Forum Panel

April 19, 2006

The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) selected Merrill Mason, a partner with Triangle-based law firm Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, LLP to moderate its Biotech Forum entitled Challenges Faced By Scientific Founders. CED hosted the Forum on Monday, April 17th from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.

Speakers at the Forum included Jeff Clark, Managing General Partner, The Aurora Funds, Inc.; Michael P. Murphy, President & CEO, Gentris Corporation; and Cedric Pearce, CEO, Mycosynthetix Inc. Topics discussed included how to:

* launch a company;
* write a business plan, seek out seed funding and present a plan to Venture Capital and Angel investors; and
* turn a scientific finding into a viable business.

A corporate and securities lawyer for over 20 years, Mr. Mason represents emerging and entrepreneurial companies and focuses his practice on venture capital; securities; mergers and acquisitions; intellectual property; and general corporate matters.

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