Life Sciences in Greater Charlotte
Biotechnology companies recognize that Charlotte is a great place to do business.
With a plethora of international firms, Charlotte is an ever-evolving life sciences cluster. The Queen city is home to companies focused on medical device development and manufacturing, bioinformatics, genomics, nutrition and human health.
NCBiotech’s Charlotte office is one of five regional offices aimed at transforming the life sciences in North Carolina. NCBiotech offers a continuum of programs that translate ideas to create companies and support companies from startup to product launch and beyond. Our Charlotte-based staff champions life sciences economic development by building relationships and serving the 11 surrounding local counties.
Building on the region’s medtech development and manufacturing capabilities, organizations such as the Manufacturing Solutions Center and Polymers Center are helping to fuel innovation and Charlotte’s talent pipeline.
PORTAL (Partnership, Outreach, and Research to Accelerate Learning) is a premier innovation center and work space within the Research and Economic Development unit at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. This on-campus hub of university and community resources serves entrepreneurs and early stage businesses as they work alongside established industry partners and innovators.
Public-Private Partnerships and Healthcare Solutions
North Carolina Research Campus is a unique public-private partnership focused on genomics, health, nutrition, and food innovation. The 350-acre, state-of-the-art campus fosters collaboration among researchers from eight universities and local industry. It offers the space, scientific expertise, equipment and instrumentation required for cutting-edge research to unlock the secrets to better nutrition and longevity. Effective healthcare solutions are budding in the Charlotte region through the W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center, Novant Health, and Atrium Health. And Atrium Health is partnering with Wake Forest Baptist Health, including Wake Forest School of Medicine, to establish a medical school in Charlotte.
Life Sciences Assets
The life sciences community here boasts expertise in nutrition, bioinformatics, alternative energy and translational research. More than 50 life sciences companies flourish here with more than 300 companies that support the growing life sciences cluster. Company information can be accessed using the company directory. Among our assets are medical device leaders, including Medical Murray, Sonacare and Dynacast, and pharmaceutical developer, Lundbeck NA. The region’s development is guided by an advisory committee of life sciences leaders in the region.
Charlotte has a vibrant network of life sciences professionals. Whether it is genomics, ethics, venture funding, or anything in between, the Charlotte life sciences community has organized consistent events. Six longstanding, active exchange groups convene monthly to discuss science, network, find potential partners, and create new ideas. Upcoming events are listed at the bottom of this page, or view the full statewide calendar.
A talented workforce is one of Charlotte’s most valuable resources. Charlotte Works, the Centralina Workforce Development Board, and Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) make connections to workforce training opportunities for those looking to advance or start new careers. In addition to being ranked a top most-educated city, an independent site consultant vetted the labor shed in the region for a large biomanufacturing project and passed the region with flying colors.
NCBiotech’s team can connect you to the many resources in Charlotte and across the state. This means job seekers can use our jobs board. Training opportunities are listed with the state’s training programs. We have a Life Science Intelligence unit whose market research resources can be made available at NCBiotech’s Charlotte office. And we encourage applicants to apply for our funding programs for university research and startups.
Counties – Greater Charlotte includes Anson, Cabarrus, Catawba, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Richmond, Rowan, Stanly and Union counties.
- 750 domestic and international flights daily from Charlotte Douglas International Airport
- Strong distribution infrastructure puts 60 percent of the U.S. market within a day’s reach
- Metro area population: 2.4 million
- Proximity to the mountains and the beach, with ample recreation opportunities at Lakes Norman, Mountain Island and Wylie
- Home of the Charlotte Panthers NFL team, Charlotte Hornets NBA team, PGA events and minor league baseball, not to mention college sports
Greater Charlotte News & Events
North Carolina Research Campus - Courtesy of North Carolina Research Campus
8th Annual Charlotte Biotechnology Conference - Courtesy of North Carolina Biotechnology Center
UNC-Charlotte Informatics Lab - Courtesy of Charlotte Regional Partnership
Mary Ann Lila, Director, Plants for Human Health Institute - Courtesy of Charlotte Regional Partnership