Paragon to Host Year-End Networking Event for Local Pharmaceutical Industry

Tuesday, Nov 28. 2017

Wilmington, NC – November 28, 2017 – Paragon will host this year’s last
meeting of the Wilmington Pharma/Bio/CRO Networking Group on November 30, 2017
at 5:30 PM. The event will be held at Ogden Tap Room on Market Street in Ogden, NC.
The networking group offers local leaders in the pharmaceutical industry the opportunity
to exchange ideas and connect with the broader clinical research community. Senior
Project Manager for Paragon International Margaret Richmond has been a long-time
supporter of the networking group. “You’re interested to hear how people’s projects are
going and what new drug trials are coming up. There’s a real sense of hope and
anticipation in the air. To know that our community supports so much scientific research
and innovation is always exciting.”

Chris Matheus started the Wilmington Pharma/Bio/CRO Networking Group in 2011,
which continues to hold meetings on the fourth Thursday of every month. Apart from
Paragon International, the meetings have also been sponsored by Medidata Solutions, a
leader in cloud-based solutions for clinical research, along with PRA Health Sciences and
Modoc Research Solutions, two regionally based CROs. Since their first meeting at the
now-closed Grand Union Pub, the networking group has bar hopped their way across the
Wilmington culinary scene. “It’s one of the first pieces of advice I took,” said Matheus,
referring to the group’s tendency to hold meeting at a new bar each month, “we’ve been
able to bring our business to a variety of places and raise awareness of our industry
among local businesses.”

According to the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, the clinical research cluster in
and around Wilmington, NC has grown in recent years. The Cape Fear region now
supports 31 CROs—four of which have local headquarters—which represents a nearly
25% growth rate from 2015. The National Institutes of Health currently show 94 active
clinical trials based in Wilmington. Most attendees find that the meetings are
representative of the region’s diverse pharmaceutical landscape. Mark Aikman, Pharm.D.
and VP of Drug Safety and Generic Regulatory Affairs at Osmotica is a regular
networking group attendee and appreciates this diversity: “While we do have a very
significant CRO presence in Wilmington, there are many other types of pharma-related
industries represented in Wilmington from biostatistics to pharma-support industries such
as Paragon.” He continued, “It usually leads to interesting conversations,” which is
precisely the point for Matheus. When you work in an industry that is so focused on
numbers; every now and again, you need to hear a good story.

The next monthly meeting of the Wilmington Pharma/Bio/CRO Networking group will
be held on January 25th, 2018. For updates on future events, you can connect with the
group on LinkedIn or contact Chris Matheus at chrismatheus1@gmail.com.

Paragon International, Inc. is a Wilmington-based clinical research support company that
specializes in producing pre-FDA clinical meetings and helping CROs manage clinical
trials and trial participants.

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