Bio Defense

Transforming the way we protect those who protect us.

Our Bio Defense outreach goes far beyond concerns over bioterrorism. The NCBiotech team and its partners, including North Carolina's small businesses, 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.


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

Due to the size and significance of federal investments in North Carolina, NCBiotech and its partners are working to leverage the state's innovative life sciences expertise to address critical military and national security challenges. 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) Resources

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. 

DEFTECH COFFEE CALL, August 26, 2022
Click on the above link to listen to Mary Beth Thomas, Ph.D. and Rob Lindberg, Ph.D. discuss the North Carolina Biotechnology Center - What is it and how can it help? Every Friday at 9:00 a.m. (EST), grab your coffee, bring your ideas, and join the NC Defense Technology Transition (DEFTECH) community for an open, informal, virtual “Coffee Call” to address your concerns and ideas regarding innovation, technology, and commensurate leadership challenges. For more information, contact DEFTECH at

PODCAST: Defense Technology Talks presented by NC DEFTECH:
Click on the above link to listen to Stephen DeLellis (Geneva Foundation), Dennis McGurk (RTI), Fran Perez-Wilhite (NCMBC), and Mary Beth Thomas (NCBiotech) discuss the support to the warfighter event 2022 and how human performance fits in well with North Carolina's strength and existing assets. 

Medical, Biomedical and Biodefense: Support to the Warfighter Symposium 2023: Post-Event Information 
Click on the link above to review the attendee list, presentations that were approved for posting, and photos from the event.

REFERENCE RESOURCE: For a list of biomedical and biodefense government acronyms, click on the PDF link below: 

View the Latest Updates From BARDA

Bio Defense News & Events

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

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