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The North Carolina Biotechnology Center and many of our agricultural biotechnology partners are well represented in a special section of the May 2013 issue of Business North Carolina.

The 13-page sponsored section, “Cash Crop 2013,” features ads and editorial copy highlighting the state’s fast-growing (pun intended) leadership in science-based agribusiness.

 We especially appreciated the comment from Mathias Kremer, global head of seeds for Bayer CropScience. He told writer D. Lawrence Bivins that the Biotech Center is one of the big reasons his company has nearly a quarter-million square feet of offices, labs and greenhouses in the Research Triangle Park area alone.

“They bring the right companies and the right people together,” Kremer said of NCBiotech. He added that the Biotech Center is one of the unique factors leading him to dub the RTP area “the Silicon Valley of the green biotech industry.”

That’s got a great ring to it. Now we need to get Silicon Valley venture capitalists to smell the roses – and the money to be made in North Carolina’s biotech sorghum and corn and soybeans and cotton and sweet potatoes.

NCBiotech’s own Paul Ulanch, Ph.D., MBA, is also quoted in the story, explaining our role.

“Our goal is to act as a project manager and facilitator to bring all the parties together to identify the problems and what needs to be put in place to solve them,” said Ulanch, executive director of our Crop Commercialization Center.

The section includes information from and about the state’s wide-ranging agricultural economy, now $77 billion a year, and the boost it’s been getting from the tools of biotech.  

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