World-class workforce

North Carolina delivers the right workforce when and where it’s needed. Traditional university and community college degree programs are supplemented by training programs customized to each company’s needs. Last year, the community colleges’ BioNetwork program provided 37 custom training courses.

8,000+highly-trained workers in the ag biotech industry in North Carolina

63,000workers in life sciences to support research, development, and manufacturing

The AgBio[sphere] includes a job-ready workforce and ongoing training programs to support future growth. Companies always have access to the highly trained workers they need.

Research powerhouse

The state’s diverse life-science research strengths include advanced manufacturing, biofuels, bioinformatics and advanced analytics, contract research organizations (CROs), food science, marine science, medical and health sciences, as well as pharmaceutical development.

18 state-supported research field stations

TWOland grant universities

25 university core lab sites

North Carolina's expansive research capabilities mean products in development are tested across a variety of disciplines.

Statewide commitment

Partners from agribusiness, life science, the entrepreneurial community, state government, and elsewhere work together to take advantage of emerging opportunities in this field. Efforts are coordinated by NCBiotech, the state’s dedicated hub for the life sciences.

Being in the AgBio[sphere] means companies become part of a statewide commitment to growing ag biotech in North Carolina. We’re a community focused on moving global solutions to the market.

In its 30-year history, NCBiotech has awarded almost $14M in ag biotech grants. In 2010, that effort became more defined. NCBiotech launched its AgBiotech Initiative, merging historic strength with emerging leadership.



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