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Posted on Thursday, November 1st, 2012 by Research under Spotlights
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Redacted from an article by Betsi Robinson, University Relations

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Roland Johnson, founder and CEO of Piedmont Pharmaceuticals

Roland Johnson, chief executive officer and founder of Piedmont Pharmaceuticals, a Greensboro-based company that develops new medications for humans, dogs, cats, and horses, will speak at the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center (NCEC) Entrepreneurial Journeys program Wednesday, Nov. 14. The November program is sponsored by the Piedmont Triad Office of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.

Johnson previously worked for Ciba-Geigy on a small team that formed the animal health division now known as Novartis Animal Health. He was instrumental in that division’s tremendous success. Then, in 1996, Johnson raised $10 million to launch a new animal health company, Blue Ridge Pharmaceuticals. Blue Ridge sold to IDEXX Laboratories in 1998.

In 2001, Johnson founded Piedmont Pharmaceuticals to invent, patent, and develop human and veterinary pharmaceuticals. The company recently developed a unique, patent-pending chewable product for medications for cats and dogs.

Johnson received the Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence from the Triad Advisory Committee of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in 2005. He was a regional finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2007 and 2009.

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Greensboro-based Piedmont Pharmaceuticals, LLC, is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on human and animal health therapeutics with expertise in parasitology and drug delivery systems.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Room 1214 of the Moore Humanities and Research Administration Building at 1111 Spring Garden St. on the UNCG campus. Free parking is available on Forest or Oakland streets or behind the Weatherspoon Art Museum. Registration and networking will take place from 5-5:30 p.m. A networking reception will follow the 5:30 p.m. program. Due to limited seating, attendees are asked to RSVP to ncec@uncg.edu.

The Entrepreneurial Journeys program for November is taking place during Global Entrepreneurship Week. A number of  activities are planned in Greensboro. For a complete listing, visit www.greensboroentrepreneur.com.

Entrepreneurial Journeys provides monthly opportunities in an informal, interactive setting for community members and students to hear first-hand how businesses are created. Previous speakers have included Kayne Fisher and Chris Lester, founders of Natty Greene’s Brewing Company; Angie Besecker, owner of Eco Dwelling; David Caudle, partner with Frogman Interactive; Dennis Quaintance, CEO and chief design officer at Quaintance-Weaver Hotels and Restaurants; Chris Laney, president of Zenergy Technologies; Lenna Hobson, co-owner of RagApple Lassie Vineyards; and Robin Mack Davis, founder and co-owner of Mack and Mack.


The North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center at UNCG provides co-curricular and outreach programs to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses and to serve as a catalyst for the creation of sustainable and globally competitive enterprises in the Piedmont Triad, North Carolina and beyond.

For more information on NCEC programs, visit the website at entrepreneur.uncg.edu or call 336-256-8649.

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