As the birthplace of Vicks Vapo-Rub and headache remedies Goody’s, BC Powders and Stanback’s, along with famed tuberculosis sanitariums, North Carolina has a long legacy in the health and life sciences. It is now home to 130 hospitals, four medical schools associated with four academic medical centers, and a wealth of nonprofit organizations a
North Carolina ranks No. 1 in contract research organizations (CROs) in the US, plusn top companies dedicated to research, development and production in the areas of human and animal health and wellness.
- No. 2 in agricultural biotechnology research, No. 3 in biomanufacturing, and No. 3 in pharmaceutical manufacturing.
- Two Research Triangle-based clinical research organizations were among the top health-related companies on Inc. magazine’s list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies for 2011.
- North Carolina life science companies attracted more than $1.1 billion worth of investments and grant money in 2010.
Other key benefits include North Carolina’s claim to several unique research and translational medicine assets representing public and private investments, such as:
- The UNC Cancer Research Fund. Established in August 2007 by the NC General Assembly, UNCRF is one of three synergistic investments in cancer research and treatment, including the NC Cancer Hospital and the Imaging Research Building at UNC‐Chapel Hill.
- The Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine. The Institute is an international leader in translating scientific discoveries into regenerative therapies to benefit patients. Its physicians and scientists were the first in the world to engineer laboratory-grown organs that were successfully implanted into humans.
- North Carolina Research Campus. The NCRC is a $1 billion research campus in Kannapolis designed to support a broad array of life science research and development activities. Participating institutions include North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Appalachian State University, Duke University and North Carolina Central University. Currently, state‐supported research at the NCRC focuses on food, nutrition and diet.