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HPG Sponsors 2010 Biotech Conference

Industries: Technology

RALEIGH, N.C. (February 22, 2010)  Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP (www.hpg.com), the largest locally owned and managed, independent CPA firm in North Carolina, is sponsoring the 19th annual CED Biotech Conference on February 22 and 23. Additionally, the firm is serving as a Gold Sponsor for all 2010 CED conferences and events.

“We’re proud to support the CED as it continues to accelerate growth of the entrepreneurial community in the Triangle,” says Brooks Malone, HPG partner and CED board member since 2004. “The workshops, conferences and seminars provide vital mentoring and education resources needed to keep North Carolina’s economy strong.”

Continuing its dedication to the organization, HPG is sponsoring all 2010 CED events including: Companies to Watch, Venture 2010, the CAFE program, the STREAK series, Biotech Forum, the Board Lunch series and the Leadership series.

The Biotech 2010 Conference integrates industry leadership, technology, and entrepreneurship for the Southeastern biotech community. It provides an in-depth look into the life science industry and offers a networking opportunity for professionals to discuss emerging trends in the field. The conference will feature more than 30 industry leaders speaking, including J. Bradley Wilson, president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina; Lanier M. Cansler, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services secretary; and Christy L. Shaffer, Ph.D., president and CEO of Inspire Pharmaceuticals. For more information, visit www.cednc.org/content/ced’s+biotech+conference/345.

HPG knowledge-based industries team members have a long history of active involvement with CED, including sponsorship and committee participation for various initiatives. HPG partner, Tim Gupton, is the former chairperson of the CED board of directors and founder of the FastTrac Tech program. Gupton and partner Brooks Malone are also recipients of the organization’s Outstanding Service to Entrepreneurs Award.

About Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP (HPG):

HPG is the largest CPA firm headquartered and staffed in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, as ranked by the Triangle Business Journal. More than just an accounting firm, HPG assists clients in looking beyond the bottom line by being the right people, right value and right firm to achieve each client’s definition of success. HPG is a member of CPAmerica International and affiliated with the Horwath alliances of firms, with offices worldwide. The firm leverages this to provide national and global accounting resources to its clients. HPG offers a wide array of business accounting, auditing, corporate tax and management advisory services. Specialties include serving owner-managed, investor-backed technology and life science organizations, healthcare services, real estate development, manufacturing and distribution businesses, as well as providing ERISA audits, family wealthcare services and Sarbanes-Oxley internal audit services.

HPG has remained committed to advancing a thriving Triangle community since its founding in 1983. In recognition, the firm is the recipient of two Pinnacle Business Awards by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce; the 2009 Large Entrepreneurial Business Award and the 2010 Integrity in Business Award. Several HPG partners are also the recipients of excellence awards, including the CED Outstanding Service and Entrepreneurial awards, Business Leader Magazine’s Impact Financial Leader and Dealmaker recognitions, and the Triangle Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and Women in Business awards. Visit www.hpg.com of follow HPG on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HPGcpas.

About CED:

CED (formerly The Council for Entrepreneurial Development) is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1984 to identify, enable and promote high-growth, high-impact companies and accelerate the region’s entrepreneurial culture. Headquartered in the Research Triangle Park, CED is the oldest and largest entrepreneurial support organization in the nation with more than 5,500 active members. CED provides know-how, networking, mentoring and capital formation resources to new and existing high-growth entrepreneurs through annual conferences, programs and web-based resources. CED has helped entrepreneurs, investors, service partners, researchers and public policy makers in diverse emerging industries and at all stages of development from high-tech, production-based organizations to service companies, from one-person start-ups to 1,000-person businesses. Visit www.cednc.org for more information.