North Carolina accelerates success in the life sciences
We are pushing life sciences companies forward with our top-tier research universities, strong talent pipeline, and thriving ecosystem.
Our 75,000 highly skilled workers, 810 life sciences companies, 2,500 support companies, and low cost of doing business, make North Carolina the right place for growing companies.
Why do so many life sciences companies call North Carolina home?
Strong, diverse life sciences cluster
Some of the biggest names in pharma, biotech, agriculture, and contract research
Consistent top-tier ranking from numerous analyses of life sciences clusters in the U.S.
A leader in gene and cell therapy
Largest global concentration of contract research and testing organizations
Ag tech strengths include crop production and animal health
Trained Workforce of Life Sciences Professionals
life sciences degrees conferred 2016-2021
cancer centers (comprehensive)
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, LLC 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 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