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Setting the Stage for Innovation

Biotechnology thrives here because of the wealth of research opportunities, as well as access to global markets and funding.

The Biotechnology Center offers a number of business loans and research grants, as well as our Regional Development Grants, which are specifically designed to help develop the economy of individual regions like Greater Charlotte.

Companies in the region have access to infrastructure designed to accelerate innovation and growth. Incubators, entrepreneurial support and investment funds help drive applied research and collaboration in the region. BizJournals.com ranked Charlotte No. 4 on their 2011 list of Best Places to Start and Grow a Company and The Fiscal Times ranked Charlotte No. 4 on their 2011 list of Best Places to Start a Business.

The Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the 6th busiest in the nation with more than 700 take-offs and landings daily, is just a short drive from anywhere in the region, and connects Greater Charlotte to opportunity across the globe. In fact, the region’s infrastructure boasts 100 distribution centers and 300 trucking firms, allowing companies to reach 60% of the U.S. market in one day.

The North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) is one of the region’s fastest-growing centers of research and innovation. Located just north of Charlotte in Kannapolis, the NCRC is home to teams of scientists conducting research in the fields of biotechnology, agricultural, food science and nutritional research. The Campus hosts hundreds of researchers from eight North Carolina universities, industry partners, not-for-profit institutions, a service center offering the hemisphere's best collection of discovery tools and an abundance of laboratory and office space. The conglomerate of world-renowned scientists are making advances at the unique intersection of plant science, health and nutrition.  NCRC represents a private/public partnership between benefactor David H. Murdock and the state of North Carolina. 

The Charlotte Research Institute (CRI), located at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, brings industry, government and academic partners together to advance and commercialize biotechnology discovery. Companies in the region specialize in bioinformatics, genomics and biomedical engineering. Partners can also leverage the world-class intellectual cache and facilities in optics, nanotechnology and precision metrology. CRI serves as the portal for industry collaborations and entrepreneurial support for one of the nation's most prolific producers of spin-out companies.

A talented workforce is one of Charlotte’s most valuable resources.  In addition to being ranked among the top most-educated cities in the nation, an independent site consultant vetted the labor shed in the region for a large bio-manufacturing project and passed the region with flying colors.

The James G. Cannon Research Center provides a central research facility where scientists, academics and clinical experts anchor translational research into metabolic, hepatic, neuromuscular and other disorders. The center is part of the Carolinas HealthCare System, the nation’s third-largest non-profit healthcare system.

Those looking for lab or office space can browse the NCBiotech list of research parks, core labs or wet labs.