Transforming Our State

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.

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.

NCBiotech's New Podcast: Transformation Talk

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Jim Shamp, Sound Engineer Janet Kennedy, Dr. Charles Hamner, Jr., Bill Bullock

Episode 1

The first podcast from NCBiotech gives listeners an insight into its inception from two of the organization's greatest influencers and advocates. Hear Dr. Charles Hamner, Jr. and Bill Bullock discuss what the development of NCBiotech meant for North Carolina's budding life science community.

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Tell Your Life Science Story Using #LifeSciNC35

Let us know how you've been impacted by NC's life science community.

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.

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Send Us Your Story

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 most memorable accomplishments in the life sciences from the last 35 years?

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

919-549-8824 |

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