Life Sciences

Pitt County offers tremendous assets to the growing biotechnology and life sciences industries in North Carolina.  From training in bioprocessing to a research-intensive university setting, our location rivals others for its amenities coupled with a lower cost business climate.

North Carolina has the third largest biotechnology industry in the nation with more than 500 bioscience companies, contract research organizations and device and life science-related companies. More than 58,000 workers with skill sets ranging from bioprocess technicians to Ph.Ds are employed by this sector.

North Carolina’s Biotechnology Advantages

To help meet the industry’s ongoing need for trained professionals, North Carolina has created the country’s first comprehensive biotechnology training program that partners industry, government and academia through the North Carolina Biosciences Organization.

BioNetwork supports the mission of the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) aligning world class workforce training and education to the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and life science industries. BioNetwork trains at all levels of this industry, upgrading the skills of incumbent workers, from entry level to management.

The Biotechnology Center was created in 1984 and works to strengthen the research capabilities of North Carolina’s companies and universities.  The center’s mission is to provide long-term economic and societal benefits to North Carolina through support of biotechnology research, business, education and strategic policy statewide.   The Eastern Office of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, located in Greenville, is catalyzing economic development and job creation in the region.

Life Sciences Educational Resources:

East Carolina University

Brody School of Medicine

BSOM Office of Research and Graduate Studies

Department of Chemistry

College of Nursing

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Division of Health Sciences

College of Allied Health Sciences

School of Dental Medicine

Bioprocess Engineering

Biomedical Engineering BS/MS

Center for Health Disparities Research

Pitt Community College:  Biotechnology

NC BioNetwork

Life Sciences Supporting Resources:

Eastern Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

Vidant Health

East Carolina Heart Institute

North Carolina Biotechnology Center

Life Sciences Manufacturers Directory




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