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Biotech Sectors

(top to bottom)  Courtesy of Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center, NCSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and OrthoKinetic Testing Technologies

North Carolina is a world leader in creating jobs with the tools of biotech. And biotech in N.C. reaches into sectors beyond pharmaceuticals and seeds, solving challenges across the state and the globe.

North Carolina researchers are creating everything from clean, renewable biofuels to improved crops to feed a growing, hungry world. 

Read more about the sectors that are developing across the state, with help from NCBiotech staff experts.

  • Agriculture: Biotech infuses North Carolina’s already robust almost $76 billion ag sector with new vigor.
  • Bio Defense: From shielding the troops on the battlefield to healing the wounded, biotechnology makes a big impact on our defense industry.
  • Vaccines and Biomanufacturing: A highly trained workforce is one reason dozens of unique production facilities make their home in North Carolina.
  • Human Health: We’ve got the minds to create new drugs and the contract research organizations that help meet testing milestones to get life-saving medicines to patients.
  • Precision Health: By organizing and leveraging the state’s capabilities, resources and investments in precision health and providing an organizational framework under which the stakeholders can come together, the North Carolina Precision Health Collaborative (NCPHC) will be creating a plan to establish North Carolina as a national leader in the discovery, transformative data integration, translation, and clinical implementation of precision health.


We work with partners to develop these other sectors:

Marine Biotech: 300 miles of Atlantic coastline and five major research installations mean North Carolina produces a lot of science from the sea. Read more at the Marine Biotechnologies Center of Innovation site.

Biofuels: Several North Carolina companies compete to develop and produce non-corn fuel products. Companies include Novozymes and Chemtex.

Nanobiotechnology: The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering at UNC Greensboro and NC A&T State University is home to the Center of Innovation Network or COIN. Focused on accelerating commercialization of nanobiotechnology innovations, COIN coordinates academic and commercial organizations across North Carolina to bring these tiny products to market.