North Carolina’s life science community has grown into a biotechnology powerhouse over the past three decades. Technologies developed in university labs are being brought to the market by creating start-ups or selling the idea to a larger company; all within the same community. All sectors of biotechnology have a presence in the state, but agricultural biotechnology and biomanufacturing are especially prevalent.
Research & Development: Exchange of Ideas
As a biotechnology company in North Carolina, you’ll want to let your neighbors know at least a little bit about your research and development. Should you need outside assistance someday, you’ll be surprised by how interested and willing they’ll be in helping you find solutions that you need. You might discover new answers to old problems from university and company neighbors, a scientist whom you meet in an incubator hallway or through casual conversations at a monthly networking event.
Every day in university laboratories, company R&D teams and research institutions across North Carolina, scientists are pushing the forefront of bioscience research in areas including pharmaceuticals, agriculture and industrial biotechnology. They collaborate across the hall and across the state to create one of the world’s most productive scientific communities. This is an aspect of our life-science community that you can only truly appreciate once you experience it.
Research Parks and Lab Space
North Carolina has seven research parks, including the nation’s largest – Research Triangle Park (see map at right). These research parks offer wet labs, core lab research facilities and greenhouse space.
Clinical Research Organizations (CROs)
Our state is home to more than 100 contract research organizations, including two of the original, and now largest, CROs – PPD and Quintiles.
Biotechnology companies in North Carolina benefit from the more than 1,000 service companies that provide support specifically to biotech and life science firms.