Greensboro has become a top destination for life sciences companies. Innovative pharmaceutical companies, laboratory testing facilities and agricultural biotechnology firms are located throughout the Greensboro area. Supported by eleven colleges and universities and a highly skilled labor force; Greensboro and the Piedmont Triad region are positioned as an ideal location for life sciences companies. Greensboro and Guilford County companies produce products that range from vaccines to meet the needs of pet owners, farmers and veterinarians, to specialized parasitology treatments, to the manufacture of well-known over-the-counter drugs.
Regenerative medicine building new tissue and organ generation, clinical lab services and cutting-edge nanotechnology applications add to the list of impressive innovations happening in the region. The critical factors already in place helping life science companies thrive here include collaboration and critical resources. At the top of the list are the colleges and universities in the area, including three that are designated as having “High Research Activity,” and the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoeducation at Gateway University Research Park. Several existing collaborations include:
Gateway University Research Park
North Carolina A&T State University and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro have jointly established a research park on two campuses. Gateway provides state-of-the-art research facilities for work in the life and physical sciences, engineering, technology, and other applied science areas.
North Carolina Biotechnology Center
The Piedmont Triad is home to first regional office of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, which is the world’s first government-sponsored organization dedicated to developing the biotechnology industry. The Triad office assists government agencies, colleges and universities, and the business community with growing biotechnology in the region.
The Guilford Genomic Medicine Initiative
A landmark research project, this initiative uses family medical history, genetic information, early screening and presymptomatic diagnostics to identify people who are likely to acquire common diseases. The project is an innovative partnership between the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Cone Health in Greensboro, and Duke University School of Medicine.
- North Carolina A&T State University is combining historic strengths in engineering and agriculture with pioneering technology in the biosciences. Major research and academic areas include Bio-Pharmaceuticals & Neutriceuticals, Genomics and Bioinformatics, Bioremediation-Phytoremediation, Food Safety as well as Bioenergy, Biomedicine, Plant Tissue Culture and Transformation, and Animal Biotechnology.
- The University of North Carolina at Greensboro offers programs ranging from nutrition and public health to chemistry and biochemistry. Research centers include the Center for Drug Design, the Center for Geographic Information Science and Health, and the Biotechnology, Genomics and Health Research Center.
- Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) provides customized, industry-specific workforce training programs to help companies achieve a world-class workforce. Innovative biotechnology training is offered through Biowork, a 128-hour course, and BioNetwork, a statewide initiative that provides specialized training, curricula and equipment to develop a highly skilled biotechnology workforce.
- Wake Forest School of Medicine and The North Carolina Baptist Hospital Inc., together form Wake Forest Baptist Health. The school of medicine is one of 125 accredited U.S. medical schools with almost 3,000 students.
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