Life Science in Greater Charlotte
Biotechnology companies recognize that Charlotte is a great place to do business.
The Queen City is consistently rated among the best places to live and do business. Nine Fortune 500 companies call Charlotte home, and 291 total have locations here. North Carolina’s largest concentration of biomedical device companies operate here, and more than 300 companies are ready to support your life science business.
Just north of Charlotte proper sits the North Carolina Research Campus, built on the site of a Cannon Mills facility. The state-of-the-art campus fosters collaboration among researchers from eight universities and a half-dozen companies searching for the secrets to longer life. The Charlotte Research Institute is transforming a region strong in IT to one strong in bioinformatics. And Carolinas HealthCare System and a VA hospital are identifying better ways to deliver more effective healthcare.
Charlotte is a metropolitan city with premier cultural activities, abundant recreational sites and nationally ranked public schools. With 750 direct domestic and international flights daily at the bustling international airport, Charlotte can connect you to anywhere in the world that your business takes you.
Life Science Assets
The life science community here boasts expertise in nutrition, bioinformatics, alternative energy and translational research. More than 50 life science companies flourish here with more than 300 that support the growing life science cluster. Among our leaders are pharmaceutical developer Lundbeck NA and Medical Murray, developer of medical devices. The region’s development is guided by an advisory committee of life science leaders in the region.
Numerous events and networking opportunities occur across the region. Whether it is genomics, ethics, venture funding, or anything in between, the Charlotte life science community has organized the event. Check out the list of regional networking groups. 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. RowanWorks and the Centralina Workforce Development Board 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.
As an office of NCBiotech, we 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 in with the state’s training programs. We have a Life Science Intelligence unit whose market research resources can be available at the regional office. And we encourage applicants to our funding programs for university research and companies.
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