NCBiotech News

We work hard to bring you the stories about the life science community in North Carolina. Every once in a while, we add a little news of our own. Read some of those stories below, or check out some of our perspectives on our staff blog.

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The warming climate means we should expect more floods, more droughts and a decline in some important crop nutrients, but good soil management practices may mitigate some of the worst effects.
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A research program developed by the North Carolina Biotechnology Center is exploring the potential for purple carrots to become the state's next signature cash crop.
Massimo Iorizzo
With rapid shifts in the blueberry and cranberry industries calling for higher fruit quality, researchers at North Carolina State University have received funding for a project lead by Massimo Iorizzo at the university's new Plants for Human Health Institute.
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Cary-based SAS, a global powerhouse in analytics software and services, is creating a new agricultural technology business unit to help farmers feed a growing global population that is projected to reach 10 billion people by 2050.
Farida Yasmin
As UNC Charlotte biology doctoral student Farida Yasmin advances her research into the wild soybean and its potential to address worldwide food scarcity, she continues to grow her impact and her knowledge.
BIO Europe 2019 booth
NCBiotech convened a panel of companies with operations in North Carolina at BIO-Europe 2019 to explore challenges that European life science companies face when setting up shop in the U.S.
Merck Wilson announcement
Merck announces a $57 million investment at the company's Wilson plant to establish a filling and packaging line for its RotaTeq vaccine. The expansion will increase employment by about 55 jobs over the next two years.
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Fertilizer usually means promoting growth of crops. However, Jack Odle, Ph.D., is studying how feeding prebiotics (indigestible fiber parts of foods) to piglets fertilizes the “good” bacteria in their guts and improves their health while also informing nutrition practices for human newborns.
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Q2 Solutions, a Morrisville clinical trial laboratory services provider, announced plans today for a new $73 million precision medicine facility in Durham that is expected to create 749 jobs over seven years.
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Vestaron, a start-up that recently moved its corporate headquarters to RTP from Kalamazoo, is moving to commercialize the use of bee-safe peptide-based bioinsecticides.
Felicia Jaimes presents bacteria research
An NCBiotech-sponsored event at ECU called “Capture 180” lets undergraduate students doing mentored research describe their projects in three minutes or less, using one visual aid. No pressure.
Merz headquarters in Raleigh
Merz announced plans this week to reorganize into three independently operating businesses and Raleigh will be the official global headquarters of the medical aesthetics unit, under CEO Bob Rhatigan.
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SQZ Biotechnologies' tolerizing antigen carriers may help expand patient eligibility for AskBio's gene therapies.
Triangle Business Journal Fast 50 Private Companies
Triangle Business Journal released the annual list of the Triangle’s 50 fastest-growing companies, and five life science companies made the cut.
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Raybow Pharmaceutical acquires PhamAgra Labs, a custom R&D company in Brevard, and plans to triple the number of employees in the next several years.