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NC Opens Shanghai Office

North Carolina has opened a trade and investment office in Shanghai, the seventh state Department of Commerce overseas office that promotes business activity. Others are in Hong Kong, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Germany and Korea.

China is North Carolina's second-largest export market, trailing only Canada. Other major markets for Tar Heel goods and services are, in order, Mexico, Japan, Germany and France.

PTRP Head to Chair NC Research Parks Group

Bill Dean, the Director of the Piedmont Triad Research Park has been named Chairman of the newly formed North Carolina Research Parks Network organization. As of January 2009, Bill will chair the Network, a coalition of seven leading science parks located across the state of North Carolina.

Sponsorship Opportunity for BIO 2009

The North Carolina Department of Commerce is coordinating North Carolina's pavilion for the BIO 2009 show, May 18-21 in Atlanta. The North Carolina pavilion will showcase North Carolina and its biotechnology and life science assets.

PPD buys lab, hires 80 from Merck

PPD has purchased a state-of-the-art laboratory and hired 80 employees from Merck as part of a vaccine-testing agreement announced Monday.

Financial terms were not released for deal, which calls for Wilmington-based PPD to develop tests that measure the effectiveness of Merck vaccines.


The North Carolina Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology (COIN)  fosters collaboration among universities statewide creating a “one-stop” resource for industry-academic interactions in nanobiotechnology in North Carolina.

Biotechnology Event Sponsorship

Supports North Carolina-based events.

Maximum: $3,000

Education Enhancement Grant Program

Supports the design and implementation of biotechnology education programs.


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