Bent Creek Institute: Advancing WNC Natural Products Manufacturing and Export
Bent Creek Institute, Inc., based at The North Carolina Arboretum near Asheville, works to grow natural biotechnology products research, manufacturing, and farming jobs in North Carolina. Bent Creek Institute has previously launched the US Botanical Safety Laboratory, a non-profit botanical testing and formulation services network. Next, Bent Creek will spin off two for-profit companies to manufacture agriculturally-derived value-added nutraceutical and biopharma products for export to global markets, including China. Funds awarded will be used to establish these new companies, providing resources for the initial early stage activities that are necessary to move forward. These synergistic endeavors are expected to grow jobs and revenue in the North Carolina natural products sector.