Target Industries

Life Sciences

Innovation for the Greater Good

Life sciences are booming in Wake County! Wake County benefits from its position in the middle of one of the world’s largest life sciences clusters, consisting of over 600 companies employing over 38,000 highly skilled workers. Thanks to this, the region is recognized far and wide as a global leader in life sciences and biotechnology. In fact, growth in this industry continues to outpace nearly every other sector of our economy. This boom is credited largely to the region’s unbeatable access to converging technologies, support from multiple tier-1 research universities, and resources like the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and North Carolina State University’s one-of-a-kind Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC).

Innovation and affordability meet in Wake County. But don’t just take our word for it - the region stacks up against major life sciences hubs like Boston and San Francisco, but without the high price tag. Raleigh-Durham’s life sciences employment has grown third-fastest among major markets - just behind these two cities - over the past three years at a whopping 12.1%.

Fast Facts:

  • Top 10 U.S. Biopharma Clusters
  • #3 State for Bioscience Strength
  • #3 Fastest Life Sciences Employment Growth
  • #4 Metro Area for Life Science VC Funding
  • #5 Leading Life Sciences Market

 To learn more, download our Life Science Brochure. To see which companies already call the area home, download our Life Science Map.

Interested in learning more? Get in touch with Albert Alwang to take a deeper dive into Wake County Life Sciences.

 

 

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