Life Sciences in Eastern NC

North Carolina’s Eastern Region boasts a broad range of life sciences strengths.

The biomanufacturing capacity of the region supports the largest pharma companies in the world, including the largest contract manufacturing facility. Agricultural assets, including the Vernon James Research Station, are working to develop functional foods, improve biomass for fuels, and extract specialty ingredients for food companies.

Coastal assets made marine sciences research a mainstay of the region for decades, and commercialization efforts are now led by the Marine Bio-Technologies Center of Innovation. Vidant Health Medical Center and the East Carolina Heart Institute provide dependable healthcare as well as innovation in research and medical devices while serving the eastern Region.

Learn more about how your company can grow in North Carolina’s Eastern Region.


Mark Phillips
Executive Director
Eastern Office
and VP, Statewide operations

Thomasyne Jefferson
Regional Coordinator
Eastern Office

Phone: 252-328-9981

Life Sciences Assets

Life Sciences Assets

Eastern NC is home to the largest contract manufacturing facility in North America, operated by Patheon. Other sizeable production facilities include Merck, Sandoz Inc.(Novartis), Purdue Pharmaceuticals, Hospira, A Pfizer Company, Metrics Contract Services and Becton Dickinson. The region’s assets extend to analytical labs, CROs and consulting groups. Health related-research coordinated through ECU include heart and cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, cancer and biosensory systems. Access to all companies in Eastern NC can be found on the Company Directory.



A group of business, university and community leaders come together each quarter to talk about progress in the region’s life sciences cluster. This advisory committee helps to guide the growth of life sciences here. The East takes its networking seriously, with the first regional exchange group, STEM @ Starlight. The region also hosts a laser microscopy group, deftly named Laser TAG.

Working Here

Working Here

Are you a job seeker looking for job opportunities or are you looking to advance or change your career? Look for postings on the NCBiotech jobs board or post an opening for your company. Add to your skills through programs offered at East Carolina University, Elizabeth City State University, and Pitt Community College. The recently christened NC Pharmaceutical Services Network makes sure that the region’s growing companies have trained workers to fill their new positions. The companies in the Eastern region grow and thrive thanks to the availability of funding, facilities, equipment and our top-notch and educated workforce.

Living here

Living Here

And when you’re not networking or training, there are plenty of recreational venues for fishing, hunting, boating, cycling and other popular outdoor activities. Or take a rest on the sparkling white sands at some of the most appealing seaside communities on the East Coast. And you don’t want to miss our many golf courses, where you can play 18 holes all year long.



We work with researchers and companies in our region to apply for NCBiotech’s business funding and university research grants. Those looking for lab or office space can browse the NCBiotech list of research parks and core labs. The market research resources of our Life Science Intelligence unit can also be made available at our Greenville office.

 The Eastern Region

Counties – The Eastern Region includes Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Northampton, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne and Wilson counties.

  • Proximity to I-95 corridor
  • 500-mile radius encompasses East Coast from Florida to New York
  • CSX rail terminal under construction in Rocky Mount
  • Foreign Trade Zones offer reduced tariffs

Eastern NC News & Events

Photo Credits:

Boats near Ocrakoke Island Lightouse - Courtesy of North Carolina Department of Commerce, Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development

Avoca, Inc. - Courtesy of Nick Pironio

2006 Science at Starlight Event - Courtesy of North Carolina Biotechnology Center

Student in AC lab at Avoca, Inc. - Courtesy of Nick Pironio

Golfing in the Outer Banks - Courtesy of North Carolina Department of Commerce, Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development

Men in greenhouse - Courtesy of Nick Pironio


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