Summit to Highlight Life Science Success and Opportunities

North Carolina is one of five states consistently recognized for its specialized life science industry. The state’s strong network of life science companies, universities and skilled workforce provide a strong advantage for companies of all sizes and stages of development. Statewide, North Carolina has more than 700 life science companies with 63,000 employees, and employment within life sciences is growing at 6.6 percent – triple the national average.

With headquarters in Research Triangle Park and five regional offices across the state, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center helps drive life science technology economic development by supporting innovation, commercialization, education and business growth.

“Life science has been transformational for North Carolina and not only in the large urban areas,” said Bill Bullock, NCBiotech’s senior vice president, economic development and statewide operations. “The Research Triangle region, areas around Greenville, and the Piedmont Triad are recognized as large, life science clusters, and we work very closely with local leaders and economic developers to extend that strength in a way that is compatible with rural areas.”

How the state attracts life science companies to North Carolina will be the topic of NCBiotech’s Life Science Economic Development Summit, which will be held April 30 in downtown Raleigh.

At this year’s summit, economic developers from urban and rural communities will gather to discuss:

• How life science wins in large urban areas benefit rural communities

• How life science entrepreneurs are becoming economic drivers in rural communities throughout the state • What other states are doing to attract life science companies to their communities

• What site selectors are looking for as they scout the next location for their company’s relocation or expansion

“There are many success stories about entrepreneurs who have become economic drivers in their rural communities,” said Bullock. “This summit provides an opportunity for local economic developers and entrepreneurs to share their stories while also highlighting how the state’s life science infrastructure can support and grow future opportunities in all areas of the state.”

Register today for NCBiotech’s Life Science Economic Development Summit.

Mindy Hamlin, NCBiotech Writer
Mon, 03/19/2018 - 11:21