Piedmont Triad Life Science
Global corporations thrive in the Piedmont Triad because of its quality of life, business community and network of life science professionals.
Top universities and colleges continuously turn out a highly educated and skilled workforce. Small startups grow here because of an array of entrepreneurial resources, centered around the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter and Gateway University Research Park.
These assets, and big names like LabCorp, Cook Medical and Piedmont Pharmaceuticals, put this region on the map. The region claims specialization in four of the five bioscience sectors, according to the TEConomy 2016 State by State report for BIO. And by NCBiotech’s count, the region regularly trades with RTP for the top spot for rate of job growth.
Some other reasons to take a closer look at the Piedmont Triad:
Piedmont Triad Office
Life Science Assets
The Triad is home to the leading small MSA in research, testing and medical laboratories. Of the region's 80-plus life science companies, 18 are in this space. In total, nearly 8,000 life science professionals call the region home. And the 20 universities and colleges add 350 graduates to this life science employment base every year.
Leaders from across the region come together as part of the Advisory Committee for Biotechnology in the Piedmont Triad. This groups guides and coordinates efforts to develop the region’s life science assets, and to fill gaps that appear. The region also hosts several networking groups to connect life science professionals around a particular topic.
The community gathers every two years to celebrate the region’s life science growth and accomplishments. Register now for Triad BioNight 2019 and submit your nominations for the Biotechnology Excellence Awards.
As an office of NCBiotech, we can connect you to the many resources in our Rolodex. This means job seekers can use our jobs board. Training opportunities are listed in with the state’s training programs. And we encourage Triad applicants to our funding programs for university research and companies. We also have a Life Science Intelligence unit whose market research resources can be available at the regional office.
Centrally located within North Carolina
Home to two research parks (Wake Forest Innovation Quarter and Gateway University Research Park)
RTP within an hour’s drive
The Piedmont Triad includes Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin counties.
1.6 million residents
1.6% annual growth rate
Projected 2030 population: 2 million plus
Large commercial airport, Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO)
Within an hour's drive from two airports with direct international departures
Four major interstates and numerous secondary routes
Ground and rail connectivity to seaports
Carnegie Classification for High Research Activity:
R2 Universities: NC A&T University, UNC Greensboro, Wake Forest University
Doctoral/Professional Universities: Elon University, High Point University
Piedmont Triad News & Events
Wake Forest Biotech Place at Night courtesy of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
Anthony Atala, M.D., Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, in lab courtesy of Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center CEO Dr. John McConnell tour Wake Forest Biotech Place courtesy of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
A scientist conducts cell culture work, used in corneal and regenerative medicine projects conducted at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for Ocular Systems Inc. courtesy of: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center