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Centers of Innovation

North Carolina is richly endowed with campuses and corporations that are lauded for their innovations.

But the state has recognized that to grow nascent industry sectors of the N.C. economy, it must make innovation and commercialization a strategic priority. The Biotechnology Center has created the Centers of Innovation (COI) grant program to do exactly that.

The individual COI initiatives focus on accelerating the growth of targeted industry sectors by assisting their academic and industry partners to overcome their commercialization obstacles. It is only through successful commercialization that ideas and innovations move to marketable products.

Growth of these nascent industry sectors will lead to the creation of jobs and sustainable economic development statewide. The North Carolina Biotechnology Center established the COI program with funding support from the General Assembly.

To learn more about the COI Grants Program, go to the COI Award page.

Funded COI industry sectors:

  • Advanced Medical Technology - This Center of Innovation, known as ibiliti, is now a division of the North Carolina Hospital Association (NCHA)'s Strategic Partners Program. Through their unique launchibiliti program, they help health systems identify, develop and launch transformational innovations to benefit patients.
  • Marine Biotechnology - This Center of Innovation, the MBCOI, explores opportunities for companies to commercialize new food, fuel and health products off the state’s rich Atlantic coast.
  • Nanobiotechnology - Formerly known as the Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology, COIN recently changed its name to the Center of Innovation Network to be more reflective of its overall mission. At its core, nanobiotechnology is the know-how to manage and manipulate individual atoms and molecules used in the life sciences. This know-how has far ranging applications across all sector of the life sciences. COIN works to inform, educate and facilitate collaborations to accelerate economic growth across all sectors impacted by nanobiotechnology.​
  • Precision Health - By organizing and leveraging the state’s capabilities, resources and investments in precision health and providing an organizational framework under which the stakeholders can come together, the North Carolina Precision Health Collaborative (NCPHC) will be creating a plan to establish North Carolina as a national leader in the discovery, transformative data integration, translation and clinical implementation of precision health.

Staff at the Biotechnology Center work with university researchers, technology transfer officers, industrial partners, nonprofit stakeholders as well as regional and statewide policymakers to shepherd the COIs into existence.

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