Laura Rowley, Ph.D.
Vice President, Life Sciences Economic DevelopmentDepartment: Life Sciences Economic Development
Rowley joined NCBiotech in January 2017 and was promoted to vice president of life science economic development in 2022. In this capacity, she is responsible for leading efforts to create, manage and measure programs leveraging North Carolina’s technology-based assets to attract and retain life sciences jobs and investments.
Rowley formerly served as the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fellow at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, where she focused on the development of resources and programming to promote technology development and commercialization among faculty, students, and university startups. Through this fellowship, along with internships at the North Carolina Office of Science, Technology & Innovation, and the Business Technology Development group at the Biotech Center, Laura has become immersed in the North Carolina innovation community.
Rowley earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Furman University in Greenville, S.C., and completed her Ph.D. in genetics and molecular biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.