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Hughes Pittman & Gupton Sponsors Emerging Companies Forum

Industries: Technology, Cleantech

RALEIGH, N.C. (November 16, 2009) Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP (www.hpg.com), the largest CPA firm headquartered and staffed in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, is sponsoring the Emerging Companies Forum hosted by North Carolina Bioscience Organization (www.ncbioscience.org). The forum will focus on raising capital and finding new sources of revenue.

“Raleigh is a growing area for bioscience, and it’s imperative for emerging companies to have a solid financial plan in place to ensure sustainability,” says Tim Gupton, HPG partner and executive committee member. “This forum allows for open discussion between financial experts and business owners. We are proud to support this program.”

A panel discussion will feature local venture capital leaders Garheng Kong, general partner, Intersouth Partners; Sean McCarthy, senior principal, Pappas Ventures; and Clay Thorp, general partner, Hatteras Venture Partners. Moderating the panel will be Dr. Robert Schotzinger, president and CEO of Viamet Pharmaceuticals and new NCBIO chairman.

HPG’s support continues a longtime commitment to the advancement of technology industries in the Triangle. The firm and its members are active with the Council for Entrepreneurial Development, the North Carolina World Trade Association, the North Carolina Technology Association, SEBIO, Internet Summit, the Triangle Game Initiative and the Small Business and Technology Development Center.

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. Furthermore, Business Leader magazine ranked HPG as the fifth most successful small business in North Carolina in 2008. HPG is able to provide national and global accounting resources to its clients through the CPAmerica firm network of 701 offices worldwide. 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, healthcare services, real estate development, manufacturing and distribution businesses, and providing ERISA audits, family wealthcare services and Sarbanes-Oxley internal audit services. More than just an accounting firm, HPG assists clients in looking beyond the bottom linesm by being the right people, right value and right firm to achieve each client’s definition of success. Visit www.hpg.com.

About North Carolina Bioscience Organization

NCBIO is North Carolina’s state-level affiliate of the national Biotechnology Industry Organization. Together, the two groups advocate federal, state and local public policies designed to help the bioscience industry fulfill its extraordinary promise as a source of economic opportunity and improved life quality. Visit www.ncbioscience.org for more information.