HPG Sponsoring 2011 Biotech/Life Science Conference

Firm Continues Longtime Support of CED

Online PR News – 05-February-2011 – – RALEIGH, N.C. (February 4, 2011) — 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 2011 CED Biotech/Life Science Conference. The 20th annual event will be held on February 21-22 at the Raleigh Convention Center.

“North Carolina continues to be a focal point for the growing biotech and life sciences industries, and we are proud to support the CED as it promotes the industry and educates the stakeholders,” says Tim Gupton, HPG partner and former CED board chair. “The conferences, seminars and workshops provide invaluable educational and networking opportunities that will help our life science team at HPG provide added value to our clients.”

The 2011 Biotech/Life Science 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. North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue will open the conference, and more than 20 industry leaders will speak on timely topics such as financing, personalized medicine and regulations. Event information is available at http://www.cednc.org/content/biotech+life+science+conference/12142.

HPG knowledge-based industries team members have a long history of active involvement with CED, including sponsorship and committee participation for various initiatives. In addition to serving as board chair, HPG partner Tim Gupton is the co-founder of the CED FastTrac Tech program. Gupton and partner Brooks Malone are also recipients of the organization’s Outstanding Service to Entrepreneurs Award. In addition to the 2011 Biotech/Life Science Conference, the firm is sponsoring numerous other CED initiatives in 2011.

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 linesm 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 Crowe Horwath International 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. Additionally, HPG has been certified Green Plus by the Institute for Sustainable Development for integrating environmental sustainability efforts into company culture, and has been named one of the top 100 Best Accounting Firms to Work For in the country by Accounting Today. Visit www.hpg.com or follow HPG on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HPGcpas.

About CED:
CED is a private, non-profit organization that provides the entrepreneurial community in the Research Triangle Park region with the necessary tools, connections and resources to start something new – from an idea, to a company or even, a relationship. CED’s extensive range of initiatives from personal consultations and mentoring to educational programs and conferences empower entrepreneurs to transform ideas into businesses and to take existing businesses to the next level. Visit www.cednc.org for more information.

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