What makes North Carolina a leading life science hub?

Our top-tier research universities, strong talent pipeline, and thriving ecosystem are moving life science companies forward.

North Carolina has a highly trained workforce of 64,500, a large community of 700+ bioscience companies and approximately 2,400 service providers, and a low cost of doing business, among many other competitive advantages.
 

Why do so many life science companies call North Carolina home?

 

Strong, diverse life science cluster

  • Some of the biggest names in pharma, biotech, agriculture, and contract research

  • Consistent top tier ranking from numerous analyses of life science clusters in the U.S.

  • Specialization in R&D, Contract Research, Ag, Bioscience Distribution (source: TEConomy)

Trained Workforce

colleges
58

community colleges

diploma
22,388

life science degrees conferred 2012-2017

UNC system campuses
17

UNC campuses

private colleges
36

private colleges

Superior Science

medical schools
5

medical schools

4 pharmacy schools
4

pharmacy schools

3 cancer centers
3

cancer centers (comprehensive)

land grant universities
2

land grant universities

vet school
1

veterinary school

International Connections

 international companies
88

international companies

international companies
24

countries

airports
2

major international airports

100 million people in a 500-mile radius
100 million

people in a 500-mile radius

Teconomy 2018 Cover

2018 TEConomy Report Highlights


The "2018 Evidence and Opportunity: Impact of Life Sciences in North Carolina" report from TEConomy Partners, LLC analyzes the ten-year transformation of life sciences in North Carolina.

North Carolina infrastructure map

North Carolina's infrastructure supports life science companies all across the state. Some of our major advantages include:
 

  • An ideal mid-Atlantic location
  • Four international airports, including major international airports Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte Douglas
  • Daily freight and passenger trains with 3,200 miles of railroad
  • Two coastal ports, including 3 million cubic feet of cold storage space
  • 90,000+ miles of highway connecting NC to all corners of the US

North Carolina's Life Science Leaders

alcami
basf
baxter
bayer
bd
biogen
cook medical
fujifilm diosynth
grifols
iqvia
labcorp
Merck
novartis
novo nordisk
novozymes
Pfizer
ppd
seqirus
Stiefel
syneos health
syngenta
thermofisher scientific

Life Science Industry News

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