Sectors of Attention

North Carolina's life science landscape, like its geographical and biological diversity, is unusually active and varied.

Still, our life science foundation contains three sturdy pillars: human health, agricultural bioscience and industrial biotechnologies.

As life science and related technologies evolve, they bring new opportunities. Sometimes the cutting edges of new discoveries begin to overlap and form even more possibilities at these points of convergence. Where North Carolina has potential for real strength in such convergence, NCBiotech works to transform them into new opportunities for the state.

NCBiotech staff experts continually evaluate and encourage the best life science ideas from our partners across the state and around the globe. Then, as appropriate, they'll establish focused initiatives to explore the possibilities for capitalizing on them. Here are current examples of these programs and sectors already strong in North Carolina:

Agriculture

Agriculture

R&D at universities and 100+ ag tech companies boost North Carolina’s $86 billion ag sector with innovations in plant and animal production.

Bio Defense

Bio Defense

From shielding the troops on the battlefield to healing the wounded, life science technologies make a big impact on our nation’s defense capabilities and on the state’s $38 billion defense industry.

Human Therapeutics

Human Therapeutics

Human Therapeutics, including North Carolina's world-leading biomanufacturing facilities and workforce enable new high-speed production of vaccines and other life-saving therapies.

Contract Service Organizations

Contract Service Organizations

North Carolina is the birthplace of this world-changing industry and remains its global epicenter, because we have the scientific minds to create new drugs and diagnostics, and to help meet testing milestones to get life-saving medicines to patients.

Precision Health

Precision Health

Imagine tailoring medical care to an individual's unique characteristics, including susceptibility to disease and response to treatments. North Carolina has significant resources in this area, which have come together under the banner of the North Carolina Precision Health Collaborative.

Marine Biotech

Marine Biotech

300 miles of Atlantic coastline and five major research installations mean North Carolina produces a lot of science from the sea. Read more at the Marine Biotechnologies Center of Innovation.

Medical Devices

Medical Devices

From medical engineering labs to global manufacturers of medical devices, North Carolina is rich in breakthrough technologies that enable faster, more precise, and less expensive options for diagnosing and treating medical conditions in animals and people.

Photo Credits:

Courtesy of Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center

NCSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences