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.

BTEC hand sanitizer
NC State University and Novozymes have been combining forces to produce more than 2,400 gallons of hand sanitizer to help keep NC State students, faculty and staff safer, as well as people at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.
Merck Durham site
Global pharmaceutical giant Merck has confirmed that its flagship Durham vaccine manufacturing facility is gearing up to help competitor Johnson & Johnson produce COVID-19 vaccine.
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International Womens Day graphic 2021
Today marks International Women’s Day: a day devoted to celebrating women, their achievements and recognizing the bias that holds many back. The North Carolina life sciences community owes many successes to the women who devote their talents to public health.
LifeFlow PLUS system
Durham’s 410 Medical, Inc. has launched sales in the United States of its LifeFlow PLUS Blood and Fluid Infuser, following its U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance in 2020.
Artist's rendering of Biogen's new gene therapy facility in RTP.
Biogen has announced a $200 million investment to support clinical production for its gene therapy pipeline. The company plans to add 90 more workers to its workforce of 1,900 people at its two facilities in the Research Triangle Park.
ApiJect gigafactory rendering
Expansions announced in 2020 will bring more than $2.3 billion in investment and 2,800 new jobs in biopharma manufacturing to North Carolina in coming months and years.
West Pharma Kinston campus
West Pharmaceutical Services, a manufacturer of drug-packaging and delivery components in Kinston for the last four decades, will invest $19 million, add 90 workers over the next year to expand its production capacity there.
Locus lab
Morrisville gene editing startup Locus Biosciences has completed the world’s first clinical trial of a recombinant bacteriophage therapy that also marks the first time a CRISPR-enhanced therapeutic has been administered in a clinical setting.
PRA logo , ICON logo
North Carolina's Research Triangle, birthplace and global centerpiece of the huge contract research enterprise, is losing a homegrown headquarters with a $12 billion buyout of PRA Health Sciences by Ireland-based ICON plc.
Propella logo
Pittsboro-based startup Propella Therapeutics is teaming up with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to evaluate its new treatment for metastatic prostate cancer.
Sam Taylor
Sam Taylor, a founder and long-time president of the state's life sciences trade association, NCBIO, has died of pancreatic cancer.
Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation Blood Disorder

[Editor's note from Tracey du Laney, Ph.D., the North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s senior director of Science and Technology Development, who oversees this grant: This line of research exemplifies what a Flash Grant is all about. The nanosphere  technology that Dr. Brown’s team is developing addresses a large patient population with unmet needs in a new way. It could lead to new therapeutics to treat disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC). DIC results not just from sepsis and cancer, but also has emerged as a life-threatening condition with COVID-19.

Model of ACT implant with anatomy
Advanced Chemotherapy Technologies, a Raleigh medical device startup developing a way to improve the treatment of pancreatic cancer, has added $2.5 million in funding to support clinical testing of its technology.
Humacyte exterior
Durham-based regenerative medicine company Humacyte is going public in a novel deal that will give it a market capitalization of $1.1 billion.