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Life Science Community


North Carolina’s life science community has grown into a powerhouse over the past three decades. Technologies developed in university labs are being brought to the market by startup companies and by selling the ideas to large, established companies.

All life science sectors have a presence in the state, but agricultural biotechnology and biomanufacturing are especially prevalent.

Research & Development: Exchange of Ideas

If you're building a life science 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. 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 networking events.

Every day in university laboratories, company R&D facilities 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 – the Research Triangle Park. These research parks offer wet labs, core lab research facilities and greenhouse space.

Clinical Research Organizations (CROs)

Our state is home to more than 130 contract research organizations, including two of the original, and now largest, CROs – PPD and Quintiles. It's the world's largest concentration of CROs.

Service Companies

Biotechnology companies in North Carolina benefit from the more than 2,200 service companies that provide support specifically to biotech and life science firms.