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Biotech Basics

Defining Biotechnology

Simply put, biotechnology is a toolbox that uses cells and their processes to solve problems. Scientific advances over the last 50 years have enabled us to understand how living organisms work—and how they can work for us.

Feeding the World

  • Hardy biotech-based crops boost US farm income by $1.5 billion annually
  • Biotech hikes NC crop production by more than 86 million pounds & $82 million in farm income

Fighting Disease

  • Faster diagnosis leads to better treatment for strep throat to certain types of cancers
  • NC scientists were the first in the world to successfully implant a laboratory-grown organ into humans

Fueling the Future

  • NC biomass products are bringing a new level of efficiency to ethanol refinement
  • The state has committed to producing enough biofuel to account for 10% of its liquid fuels by 2017

Growing the Economy

  • Biotechnology employs more than 58,000 NC residents
  • The industry generates $59 billion in economic activity statewide each year
  • For eight years running, Site Selection magazine has ranked North Carolina as the #1 place to do business
Defining Biotech
Feeding the World
Fighting Disease
Fueling the Future
Growing the Economy

Biotech Basics

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