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ImmunoReagents Wins TBJ Life Sciences Award

“I think that North Carolina is a wonderful state to start a business and grow it,” said Dr. Ann Black, founder of ImmunoReagents Inc. and a client of The Institute’s Women’s Business Center. “There’s a great network here to maintain and expand. The people at the Women’s Business Center have a ton of business and industry knowledge, and they’re happy to put you in touch with other people who can help you – and they do all of these things for free.”

The “Triangle Business Journal” Life Sciences Awards recognize both individuals and research organizations that are breaking ground in the field; life sciences is a broad field that represents a number of focus areas, including biology, biotechnology, genomics, neuroscience, pharmacology and many others.

Briles Johnson, executive director of The Institute’s WBC said, “This acknowledgement and award further solidifies ImmunoReagents as a leader in the Life Sciences industry worldwide, as well as in our community. I’m proud and honored to have worked with Dr. Ann Black assisting with financial, marketing and certifications over the years.”

ImmunoReagents manufactures antibodies for diagnosing a variety of human diseases; including a line of affinity purified secondary antibodies which are absorbed against various species to provide a high quality product for use in the life science industry. These antibodies are available in bulk quantity and are “customizable” to meet customer specifications. ImmunoReagents is a certified small woman-owned business that was founded in October 2005 in the Technology Incubator on Centennial Campus of N.C. State University in Raleigh, NC.

Johnson said: “The Women’s Business Center of North Carolina has worked with Ann and her staff over the last few years with certification reviews and updates, financial assistance including loan packaging and facilitation, as well as marketing. We worked together on a community engagement last summer—a mentoring session with girls striving to be the first in their families to attend college. We’ve also worked closely with export experts, including Shirreef Loza with U.S. Commercial Services; John Loyack of EDPNC; and Alex Viva with SBTDC to help ImmunoReagents expand its global markets.”

The Women’s Business Center of NC offers a range of services for companies from start-ups to existing businesses. As an award-winning division of The Institute, the WBC also provides client consultations, entrepreneurship and business development seminars, networking and educational events, as well as certification review. For more information, visit