The North Carolina Biotechnology Center

The North Carolina Biotechnology CenterCatalyzing economic development and job creation across the stateWhen scientists conducted the first successful genetic-engineering experiments in the 1970s, leaders in North Carolina paid attention. They realized that this emerging technology could bring substantial economic and societal benefits. North Carolina seemed particularly well suited for biotechnology because its traditional industries - especially agriculture, food, forestry, and medicine - were

The Scientist Staff
Apr 1, 2007

When scientists conducted the first successful genetic-engineering experiments in the 1970s, leaders in North Carolina paid attention. They realized that this emerging technology could bring substantial economic and societal benefits.

North Carolina seemed particularly well suited for biotechnology because its traditional industries - especially agriculture, food, forestry, and medicine - were among those that could benefit the most. North Carolina also had the necessary resources to develop biotechnology, including world-class research universities, an extensive community college system, abundant natural resources, a highly trained work force, and progressive state leadership.


Headquartered in Research Triangle Park with five regional offices statewide, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center supports biotechnology research, business, education and workforce training across the state.

The only question was: How could North Carolina best pursue biotechnology? A legislative study commission concluded that the state needed an...

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