Community Education Center to be Located at Gateway Research Park

GREENSBORO, NC – July 12, 2022 Guilford County Schools (GCS) Superintendent Dr. Sharon L. Contreras and North Carolina A&T State University Chancellor Dr. Harold A. Martin are pleased to announce that the district and the University are working with the Gateway Research Park, Inc. a joint venture partnership of North Carolina A&T State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, to build a Community Education Center. The facility will be used to address the negative impact of COVID-19 on the district’s students, families, staff, and community. The Community Education Center is currently envisioned to provide flex spaces with tutoring, adult education, and community meeting rooms for students and adults. The Center is expected to open in 2024.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted our communities and disrupted the workforce,” said Superintendent Dr. Sharon Contreras. “The new Community Education Center will increase the potential of accelerating learning by serving as a high-dosage tutoring hub for students and will provide professional, high-tech learning spaces for GCS teachers and leaders.”

The Center will further provide in-demand job training for parents and community members. We are excited to work with North Carolina A&T State University to design a facility that prioritizes professional development, academic support for students, access to high-speed broadband connectivity for families, and workforce development opportunities for our parents.

Dr. Harold A. Martin shared the Superintendent’s sentiments. “The data consistently show that student learning suffered across the country during the worst of the COVID pandemic when in-person instruction was not available,” said North Carolina A&T Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. “This center represents a pro-active approach to do something about it. Our multi-institution collaboration will directly impact the students and families of Guilford County, and North Carolina A&T is proud to be playing a significant role in that service to our neighbors and this community.”

The Community Education Center is currently in the planning stages. It is targeted to be located at the Gateway Research Park’s South Campus (2901 East Gate City Boulevard) and is a critical component of the GCS’ ESSER plan funded by COVID-19 federal relief dollars approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Two weeks ago, at the urging of the Guilford County legislative delegation, the North Carolina General Assembly included a provision in the state budget to allow the Gateway Research Park to enter into a lease agreement with the Guilford County Board of Education for a minimum term of 50 years, a requirement for the use of federal funding to build the Center. The budget was signed by Governor Roy Cooper yesterday.

At is July 12, 2022, meeting, the Guilford County Board of Education authorized GCS staff to execute appropriate documents to effectuate the creation of a 50-year lease for the Community Education Center on the campus of the Gateway Research Park.

UNCG Professor’s $3.5M Research Aims to Solve One of the World’s Biggest Problems

GREENSBORO, NC – January 5, 2022 – College is tough enough, but hats off to students who travel half the globe for school! Four ambitious, brave, and passionate young adults did that to join the work of one UNCG professor.

“Some of my students are from Nigeria, Ghana, India, and Sri Lanka,” Dr. Hemali Rathnayake, UNCG Associate Professor of Nanoscience, said. “All those countries have a scarcity of freshwater.”

These students left their home countries and flew to Greensboro to join Rathnayake’s research. Research that has received $3.5 million in funding.

“I’m here to purify water bodies for our community,” a student from Ghana said.

One of Rathnayake’s research projects uses nanoscience, which is science on a microscopic scale, to efficiently clean drinking water. All of these students share the same experience as their professor growing up with little freshwater.

“Growing up in India as a child, I used to go on a motorcycle with my dad,” another student shared. “I used to sit on the back of his motorbike and always wonder: there’s so much pollution and people don’t care.”

“Sometimes you have to walk miles to find a well and everyone does not have their own well,” Rathnayake said.

Knowing this research could make a difference at home, these students came to Greensboro with a heart for change.

“I’m very, very grateful because I’m passing through a learning process and it’s gradual, but I’m enjoying every bit of it,” a student from Nigeria said.

“When I look back, I feel like this as though this was not the same me, then I came in,” another student added. “The confidence I built up being in the lab and learning new things.”

“Going out of your comfort zone, you don’t like the transition, but Dr. Hemali Rathnayake always pushes and says ‘you can do it,'” she adds.


Source:  WFMY News 2
 Monique Robinson
January 5, 2022

ESC Brands Advancing New Products Designed to Kill COVID and More

GREENSBORO, NC – September 10, 2020ESC Brands is actively developing three products that provide new options for protection from both microbial and viral infection, including COVID-19.  ESC has facilities in America, Hong Kong, China and Canada, and along with an R&D space in Gateway’s Launchpad, produces nano antimicrobial coatings and antiviral technologies for the consumer, industrial and institutional markets.

My-Shield Laundry Complete is an advancement added to the fabric cycle of any domestic or commercial washing machine that’s proven to kill COVID-19 at 99.9% in 15 minutes. After a one-hour treatment, it’s effective for up to 200 days.

Bruce Smyth, Managing Director of ESC Brands, said, “Wearing clothing washed in Laundry Complete is like wearing an “antiviral” mask over your entire body.” We’re excited about introducing this breakthrough new product later this year to the consumer and commercial markets.”

The product development of My-Shield Laundry Complete, as well as other ESC products, including a surface disinfectant now on the market, is overseen by Dr. Debra M. Moriarity, Professor Emerita, at the University of Alabama Dr. Moriarity plans to present her findings as a white paper to the Journal of Science on completion.

U.S. Department of Transportation Taps Gateway to Test Innovative Materials

GREENSBORO, NC – September 1, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Transportation Volpe National Transportation Systems Center has contracted with the Gateway Materials Test Center (GMTC) to test materials for commercial vehicles, enabling them to be lighter weight, cost efficient and more durable. Parts made with Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) composites are expected to arrive in early September to undergo rigorous testing at Gateway South.

“Gateway is a regional hub for innovation, and we’re delighted our Materials Test Center was selected to be part of the U.S. DOT’s efforts to improve commercial vehicle transportation throughout the nation,” said Jim Westmoreland, Interim Executive Director, Gateway Research Park. “This is our first major federal testing contract and as you might imagine, our GMTC team is very excited and eager to get started serving the Volpe Center on this important project.”

The U.S. Department of Transportation Volpe Center, with a mission of advancing transportation innovation for the public good, works to anticipate emerging transportation issues and address the nation’s most pressing and complex challenges. Its work emphasizes safetyinfrastructure and accountability

The Volpe Center plans to use the information generated by these tests to provide performance data for the manufacture of cargo tank motor vehicles that use FRP composites. Sample panels made of these materials will undergo testing for strength, impact resistance and flexibility; the GMTC test results will provide engineers at Volpe with the information needed to create numerical models on how the tanks would perform. These performance models will enable the U.S. Department of Transportation to establish a standardized means of permitting tank construction for tank manufacturers to employ in the design of vehicles constituted with FRP composites.

The Gateway Materials Test Center provides chemical, analytical and physical testing that helps companies develop better products, get them to market on time, save time and money, and minimize risk. Organizations throughout the U.S., Europe and South America depend on the advanced equipment and knowledge of science and engineering at GMTC.

GMTC would also like to thank and recognize Dr. Ajit Kelkar, Chair of the JSNN Department of Nanoengineering, for his help in landing this important work item with the USDOT.

Berkshire Corporation Introduces New Bleach Alternative

GREENSBORO, NC – August 26, 2020 – Berkshire Corporation, with an R&D lab in Gateway South, has announced the release of a new disinfectant product, EZ Bleach™, a solid-form alternative to traditional bleach that is EPA-registered and included on and is certified for use on the virus responsible for COVID-19.

EZ Bleach™ comes in an effervescent 5g tablet that activates and develops into liquid bleach when it’s mixed with water. The unique delivery of EZ Bleach™ allows for the precise preparation of various concentrations as needed for the intended application.

A safer alternative to traditional liquid bleach, EZ Bleach™ has potential applications in many industries— including effective sanitization for pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, food and beverage processing, and educational institutions. It’s ideal for large scale applications and the concentration can be adjusted accordingly.

EZ Bleach™ has been proven effective against a broad range of microorganisms, including the coronavirus family, the cause of the COVID-19 pandemic and Clostridium Difficile Infections,.

Berkshire Corporation is a global leader in developing and manufacturing products for cleaning critical surfaces and controlled environments. Operating in the United States, Europe, and Asia, Berkshire strives to seek out innovation and ensure consistently superior quality. To learn more, visit

Core Tech Responds to High Demand for Face Shields

GREENSBORO, NC – July 16, 2020 – Core Technology Molding Corporation, providing integrated innovative plastic solutions to businesses worldwide, is producing high quality face shields to meet the burgeoning needs for personal protective equipment, especially in the medical and manufacturing sectors. While continuing to work with ongoing customers in addition to those for face shields, the company hired ten new full-time employees and has its production lines going 24/7.

Geoff Foster, Core Technology CEO, said, “We’ve already produced half a million face shields, with many going to those in the medical and dental practices because of the high-quality standards we can meet with our Medical Clean Room.” Core Tech has a certified Class 10,000 ISO 7 and Class 1,000 ISO 6 Clean Room to provide medical grade products and assemblies for vaccine delivery systems, plunger rods for syringes, cornea transplant chambers and other medical uses. Core Technology will be producing 100,000,000 plunger rods annually for Merck.

Some of Core Tech’s customers for face shields include the School of Dentistry at UNC-Chapel Hill, the U.S. Post Office, and universities like the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, Howard University and East Carolina University, which had the shields done in the university’s colors. Core Tech also can personalize the face shields with a company’s name, logo or whatever they want it to say.

For its corporate customers, Core Technology continues to manufacture highly engineered plastic products that have tight tolerances, require sophisticated tool designs and mandate efficient manufacturing like two-shot injection molding. For more information, visit Core Technology Molding Corporation.

Kepley BioSystems Invents Ways to Have Fresh, Safe Air No Matter Where You Go

GREENSBORO, NC – June 18, 2020 – What would it be like to know the air you’re breathing is sterilized and completely safe wherever you go? Kepley BioSystems, a biotechnology company in Gateway North, has invented a device to give that level of protection by providing a personal breathing space cleared of any harmful microorganisms. Kepley BioSystems has completed patent work on the technology for a novel air sterilization mask, as well as sterilization for controlled spaces to directly eliminate airborne viral, bacterial and fungal pathogens.

“The air sterilization mask can help people be at ease knowing they have a safe and relaxed air flow that sterilizes both inhaled and exhaled air,” said Dr. Anthony Dellinger, president of Kepley BioSystems. “A full-face mask has the face shield separate from the mouthpiece, allowing for full facial expressions when interacting with others.”

The patent-pending invention offers maximum mobility for individuals in confined spaces such as airplanes, meeting rooms and crowds. It would also protect from the spread of disease in medical settings, manufacturing, shipping, and food preparation. Additional embodiments would apply to high-risk enclosed spaces, such as operating rooms, where it could replace N95 masks. Kepley is forming a consortium of public health officials and commercial partners to develop the innovation for widespread practical application.

Kepley BioSystems also filed the second of two accelerated patents describing novel approaches to protective applications addressing the Coronavirus pandemic, as well as increasing antimicrobial resistance threats. To learn more about it, visit this page.

ESC Brands Opens in Gateway South

GREENSBORO, NC – April 23, 2020 – ESC Brands, specializing in nano antimicrobial coatings and antiviral technologies, has opened a research and development location in Gateway South in Research Facility 1 (RF1). ESC Brands addresses the world’s ongoing battles against pandemics and disease transfer, using its proprietary nanotechnology-based component Zetrisil® as an active ingredient in all its products.

The company is starting here with its chief research scientist and an intern working in the Gateway Launchpad and plans to expand at Gateway South with an additional five or six researchers.

ESC Brands, based in Canada with a manufacturing division in Lexington, NC, formulates and manufactures its antimicrobial and antiviral technologies for industrial, commercial and personalcare hygiene markets. ESC product lines include a topical wound care ointment, hand and body sanitizers, industrial process disinfectants, and surface cleaners. The products are effective against a wide variety of microorganisms, including bacteria and viruses, providing both immediate and residual protection.

“We searched for over a year to identify the right place for a R&D lab in the U.S.,” said Bruce Smyth, Managing Director, ESC Brands. “The outstanding resources at Gateway South provided us with access to talent, equipment, and other intellectual capital, as well as

offering an excellent laboratory space. It’s an ideal location for ESC to evolve our applications and formulations that tackle the rapidly changing needs in the world.” Smyth added that part of the research at Gateway South will be focused on longterm nano coatings on surfaces to protect them from viruses and bacteria for extended periods of times.

Jim Westmoreland, Interim Director of Gateway Research Park, said, “We’re pleased to welcome ESC Brands to Gateway South and look forward to seeing more discoveries take place in Greensboro. The Gateway Launchpad is a unique co-working environment for nano-bio related businesses that require high tech laboratory space. We have another company that started here in a co-working suite and moved to its own larger space in Gateway and we hope ESC will grow here also.”

The antimicrobial and antiviral products developed and manufactured by ESC Brands are effective without strong chemicals or bleach, helping to avoid the addition of harmful chemicals into the environment.

Jim Westmoreland to Serve as Interim Director

GREENSBORO, NC – March 31, 2020 – Jim Westmoreland joined Gateway Research Park as Interim Director, starting on Monday, March 30.
After retiring in 2018 from his role as City Manager for the City of Greensboro, Jim has been Managing principal for Westmoreland Strategic Enterprises.

Gateway Research Park board chair Dr. Charles McQueary said, “Jim’s experience in working on complex public policy, transportation and economic development projects, plus his passion for people, teams and organizations, make him uniquely qualified to lead Gateway at this time.”

“I was honored to be asked to serve as the interim executive director of Gateway Research Park,” said Jim Westmoreland. I look forward to working with the Gateway Board, NC A&T State University, UNCG, and our community to continue to maximize the potential of Gateway.

JSNN Alumnus Wins National Award for Semiconductor Nanowire Device

GREENSBORO, NC – March 23, 2020 – Imagine a device worn on the wrist to monitor health issues at a level that gives more freedom to those who are chronically ill and lowers their healthcare costs; that makes self-driving vehicles safer by assessing distance in a detailed and highly accurate way; boosts computer speed greatly while lowering cost; and leads to flexible solar cells that can be used in textiles and in lightweight building supplies.

These applications are among the many futuristic uses for the award-winning nanowire research carried out by a N.C. A&T State University graduate student at Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN), located at Gateway Research Park.

Manish Sharma, Ph.D., a 2019 JSNN alumnus, received a national 2020 Council of Historically Black Graduate Schools (CBHGS) ProQuest Dissertation Award for the synthesis of materials in the wire configuration at nanoscale, leading to a device that detects light and converts it into electrical energy in the infrared wavelength, which is beyond the visible wavelength.

“We’re very happy to see Manish be recognized with this prestigious award,” said JSNN Dean Sherine Obare. “JSNN has the facility, faculty and the learning of multiple disciplines that enable students to discover technologies to shape the future of science and technology.”

“It’s an honor to be acknowledged for my contributions to the field,” said Dr. Sharma, now a Technology Development Module and Integration Yield Engineer at Intel Corporation. “I could not have done it without the assistance and guidance of my advisor, Dr. Shanthi Iyer.”

Dr. Iyer said, “ Nanowires are very versatile and this work shows great promise for designing miniaturized advanced devices of the next generation. These devices can play a critical role in a number of optoelectronic components used in daily life by increasing efficiency and lowering cost.”  Dean Obare added, “Manish is an inspiration to other students, and I look forward to other students striving to developing innovative discoveries that impact society.”