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.

Pairwise has agreed to grant access to its base editing technology to U.K.-headquartered Tropic Biosciences to help improve banana.and coffee crops.
Greensboro-based Qorvo Biotechnologies has received a $4.1 million follow-on contact from the NIH to support its COVID-related diagnostic test platform
A partnership between NCBiotech and NC State University is leading to purple carrots as a promising cash crop for NC farmers, boosted by a USDA grant to plant genomics researcher Massimo Iorizzo, Ph.D., at the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis.
RTP-based Merakris Therapeutics has entered into an R&D agreement with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to test its investigational therapy, Dermacyte Amniotic Wound Care Liquid.
For biomanufacturing companies in the RTP area, a Durham Tech partnership is critical to meeting their ever-growing employment and training needs.
LaunchBio’s signature Invest in Cures forum will again convene leaders of major disease foundations and social venture funds on Feb. 24 at NCBiotech.
With support from local partners, The North Carolina Biotechnology Center launched an innovation-focused contest called the NC BIONEER Venture Challenge to help entrepreneurs thrive in a flourishing life sciences sector. 
Ag bio company Boragen was founded on the promise of boron chemistry, and its research has led to the formation of three new companies targeting human, plant and animal health.
If you're interested in learning more about the state’s growing biomanufacturing field, mark your calendar for Thursday, Feb. 17 when NCBiotech will host BPD’s BioGrow: Training and Education Across North Carolina.
West Pharmaceutical Services, a manufacturer of drug-packaging and delivery components in Kinston, will invest another $70+ million and add some 70 more employees to expand its production capacity.
Raleigh-based Collaborations Pharmaceuticals has recently landed $2 million in funding from two research arms of the NIH to support its machine-learning applications in drug discovery research.
Global pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly announced plans today to build its second NC manufacturing facility in as many years, this time investing over $1B in a new factory in the Charlotte suburb of Concord and creating nearly 600 new jobs.
Free of equity and debt, federally funded programs like the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) seem like a no-brainer for early-stage startups.
By 2025, life sciences companies in North Carolina will fill more than 5,000 new jobs as companies such as FUJIFILM Diosynth and Merck expand their facilities and other companies relocate to the state. 
GreenLight Biosciences, which uses RNA-based technology for agricultural and human health applications, is adding more than 60,000 square feet and hiring some 16 more people at its RTP R&D operations.
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