Celebrating 35 Years of Life Science Transformations

In the early 1980s, Genentech produced the first biotech drug – insulin. North Carolina’s leaders took note, and planted the seeds to grow a life science sector in North Carolina. In 1984, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center formed as a private, nonprofit company – the first state-funded effort to grow a state’s life science strengths. NCBiotech Life Science Event Mark

Thirty-five years later, we have a lot to celebrate. 

A handful of companies has grown to more than 700. Major names in agriculture, pharmaceuticals and contract research have grown – and changed names – and, along with cutting-edge startup companies, now employ more than 64,500 of us. The far-reaching ripple effects of this sector support 240,000 jobs for North Carolinians.

We have a lot planned this year – an anniversary celebration November 5, some videos, and your stories – to celebrate a significant milestone and North Carolina’s global life science leadership. Will you join us?

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Save the date

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 5!

We'll be hosting an open house, formal program and reception to commemorate 35 years of life sciences in North Carolina.

The event starts at 3 p.m. right here at NCBiotech.

Show your spirit

Use the 35th anniversary mark on your social profiles and across marketing materials. To download any of these files for use in print or web, right-click and select "Save Picture As" or "Save Image As."

For other file formats or questions about these assets, please contact Kim Marcom in Corporate Communications.


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Share your stories

Post your stories using #LifeSciNC35 across social media. We're active on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook and will be highlighting North Carolina's transformational life science community from the last 35 years.

Use the form below to tell us about your favorite memories, success stories and achievements. What has inspired you? What are some of North Carolina's greatest life science achievements from the last 35 years?

Thank you to our sponsors

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For sponsorship opportunities or questions about the 35th anniversary celebration, contact: 
Robin Deacle
Vice President, Corporate Communications 

919-549-8824 | robin_deacle@ncbiotech.org

Header photo: Duke Brain Center, BRITE, Launch Bio, BioNetwork