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Bio Defense

The NCBiotech Bio Defense program expands the life sciences base of North Carolina’s $38 billion defense economy.

Our Bio Defense outreach goes far beyond concerns over bioterrorism. NCBiotech and partners -- North Carolina’s small companies, researchers and military representatives -- are thinking more broadly. We work to provide vaccines for soldiers, to protect the food supply, and to find how best to deploy novel technologies that will protect our soldiers and heal those who sustain wounds in battle.

Information on North Carolina's Bio Defense companies in North Carolina can be found in the NCBiotech Company Directory.

For a complete list of all current COVID-19 company and research funding opportunities, please view our COVID-19 Resource webpage.


percent of NC's GDP is military

percent of NC's GDP is military

total jobs supported

total jobs supported

total economic impact in NC

total economic impact in NC

provided by Department of Veterans Affairs in medical care to NC

provided by Department of Veterans Affairs in medical care to NC

major military installations

major military installations


largest military population in the United States

Given the size and significance of the federal investments in NC, NCBiotech and partners are working to bring the state’s innovative, life sciences technological expertise to bear to address critical challenges faced by the military and national security agencies. Developing strategies to better align the state’s well-recognized life sciences strengths with the Department of Defense (DoD) and national security strategic priorities will enable our state to be a critical solution provider on challenging problems while also increasing defense funding to support North Carolina researchers and companies.

Some of these NCBiotech-led activities include:

  • Providing support for university-based researchers and small businesses that have a technology that addresses a need in the Bio Defense arena and educate and support their efforts in seeking DoD or homeland security relationships and funding

  • Promoting and representing North Carolina at targeted military and federal Bio Defense conferences throughout the United States and promote our state's life sciences capabilities

  • Hosting or sponsoring conferences where military, government, academic and industry experts can network and collaborate

  • Connecting military, industry and academia partners to promote North Carolina’s Bio Defense capabilities at the state and federal level

For additional information, check out our Bio Defense Initiative two-pager

Biomedical Advanced Research & Development Authority (BARDA)

First Flight Venture Center BARDA DRIVe Health Security Accelerator

First Flight Venture Center is a BARDA DRIVe Health Security Accelerator.  First Flight collaborates with the DRIVe team to identify the most innovative solutions for BARDA funding.  A detailed listing of related events and current BARDA and BARDA DRIVe funding opportunities can be found by visiting First Flight's BARDA DRIVe website

For further information or to be added to First Flight's BARDA DRIVe network distribution list, please contact Emil Runge, First Flight's BARDA DRIVe program manager. 

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Bio Defense News & Events

For questions or more information, contact:
Mary Beth Thomas, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Science and Business Development 919-549-8844 |

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