SOURCE: Southeast BIO

June 09, 2005 14:00 ET

Southeast BIO (SEBIO) Names Executive Director

WILMINGTON, NC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 9, 2005 -- Southeast BIO (SEBIO), a public/private partnership formed in 1999 to promote the growth of the life sciences economy in the Southeast, has named Anne Wein as its first executive director. Southeast BIO, formerly known as the Southeastern Life Sciences Association (SELSA), changed its name recently to better reflect the identity and mission of the organization. SEBIO is committed to promoting entrepreneurship and bringing together companies, investors, universities, and support organizations active in the development of the industry. It currently does this through its annual investor forum.

Wein comes to SEBIO most recently from the Virginia Piedmont Technology Council (VPTC) in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she served as operations and program manager. During her work at VPTC, Wein led recruitment of Virginia life sciences companies for the SEBIO investor forum and lobbied successfully to have Virginia included in the SEBIO footprint.

Prior to VPTC, Wein was the marketing/public relations coordinator for the Council for Entrepreneurial Development, the largest entrepreneurial support organization in the nation, located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

"This is an important step forward in the growth of Southeast BIO," said Will Brooke, SEBIO Chairman. "Anne's background and experience will be invaluable as SEBIO broadens its efforts to promote entrepreneurship and growth in the biotech industry throughout our southeastern region."

As executive director, Wein will be responsible for working with the SEBIO Board of Directors to further the affairs and relationships of the association.

Wein graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism.

"Developing life sciences companies is essential to the future economic health and well-being of our community," said Wein. "I am honored to join this team in helping life sciences companies obtain capital and grow their businesses while enhancing the economic vitality of our region."

The seventh annual Southeastern BIO Investor Forum will take place December 1-2, 2005, at Charleston Place in Charleston, South Carolina.

For more information on SEBIO, visit www.sebio.org or call 434-293-5678.

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