Why do so many life sciences companies call North Carolina home?
North Carolina accelerates success in the life sciences. Top talent, infrastructure and a business-friendly climate are among the reasons why companies are choosing the Tar Heel state.
Our talent pool of 75,000 highly skilled workers are employed by our 810 life sciences companies. An additional 2,500 companies support the life sciences sector.
Our top-tier research universities, training and scientific infrastructure, and low cost of doing business, make North Carolina the right place for growing companies.
Strong, diverse life sciences cluster
Core strengths in pharma and biopharma manufacturing, gene and cell therapy, contract research, and agricultural technology
Ranked the nation’s fourth leading hub for biotechnology activity per Fierce Biotech
Named the 2022 State of the Year per Business Facilities
Named the 2023 Top State for Business per CNBC
life sciences degrees conferred 2016-2021
comprehensive cancer centers
land grant universities
people in a 500-mile radius
Life Sciences Industry News
2022 TEConomy Report
The "2022 Evidence and Opportunity: Impact of Life Sciences in North Carolina" report from TEConomy Partners analyzes the impact and transformation of life sciences in North Carolina.
North Carolina's infrastructure supports life sciences companies all across the state. Some of our major advantages include:
- An ideal mid-Atlantic location
- Four international airports, including Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte Douglas airports
- 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 U.S.
North Carolina's Life Sciences Leaders
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North Carolina is the right place to grow your business because of our talent, training and scientific infrastructure, top-tier research universities and lower business operating costs. Our expert staff is here to answer questions or connect you with the resource that will drive your technology, project or business forward.