Southeastern North Carolina contains excellent opportunities for emerging and established biotechnology companies. Wilmington has one of the largest clusters of research contract organizations (CRO) in the state and nation. Additionally, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington is developing a $30 Million marine biotechnology research center to take advantage of the region’s proximity to the coast. Agricultural biotech research is growing due to the region’s strong agricultural base and network of universities and community colleges engaged in biotech research and business assistance through Bio-accelerators. The North Carolina Biotechnology Center has a regional office to lead development in this sector.

GIS Mapping Tool: Bio-Renewable Assets

North Carolina’s Southeast, in collaboration with the NC Biotechnology Center, has developed a GIS mapping tool to identify all of the bio-renewable assets within the region. To access the tool, please follow the steps below:

1) Click Here (You will be taken to a new website)

2) Review and agree to the terms 

3) Start exploring!

4) Click Here to view our 2018 Biomass Inventory Report

NCSE biomass database

Industry Facts

  • NC has 650+ bioscience and related companies in the state, employing about 45,000 people.
  • North Carolina ranks first in the nation for Contract Research Organizations, second in agricultural biotechnology research, third in biomanufacturing and fourth in pharmaceutical manufacturing.
  • Over 75 bioscience companies in the region employing more than 2,500 Life Science professionals.

Research Institutes, Programs and Resources

  • NC Biotechnology Center Regional Office –  The Center offers grant and loan programs designed to promote education and innovative research in biotechnology and to expand and grow biotechnology ventures across the State.
  • NOAA Underwater Research Center – housed in UNCW’s Center of Innovation, the NURC promotes basic and applied research in the fields of oceanography, coastal and wetland studies, marine biomedical and environmental physiology, and marine biotechnology and aquaculture.
  • North Carolina Aquarium at Ft. Fisher – provides opportunity for scientific and veterinary research aimed at sustaining and restoring native aquatic animals and plants and their habitats.
  • Bio-Accelerators – basic web lab incubators in New Hanover, Columbus and Robeson counties to spur start-up activity.
  • UNC Wilmington Center for Marine Science
    • Graduate programs include Masters in Science for Marine Science or Marine Biology, Ph.D. In Marine Biotechnology.
    • Post-Doctoral Program in Business of Biotechnology –offers fellows the chance to work on cutting-edge research in marine biotechnology while getting their MBA at UNCW's Cameron School of Business.
    • Clinical Research Program—prepares employees for work in clinical research at pharmaceutical companies and CRO's.
    • Technology Transfer Office – for commercialization of university research, specifically in marine biotechnology.
  • MARBIONC—international leaders in marine biotechnology research working to bring new products to commercial markets.
  • BioNetwork – a statewide initiative that connects community colleges across North Carolina, providing specialized training, curricula and equipment, to develop a world-class workforce for the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and life sciences industries.  

General Advantages

  • Mid-Atlantic location gives access to 200 Million US and Canadian residence in a one-day drive time.
  • Workforce that is 10% more productive than the national average.
  • The second lowest unionization rates in the country (4.1%).
  • 2 deep water ports in NC and within 200 miles of the highest volume ports on the east coast (Norfolk, VA and Charleston, SC).
  • Free customizable training programs through NC’s Community College system at any of our eight Community Colleges.
  • Foreign Trade Zone 214 at the Port of Wilmington and Foreign Trade Zone 93 inland.
  • Highly competitive incentives and financial assistance.
  • Population growth at nearly twice the national average.
  • Quality of life that attracts and retains talent with a cost of living that is lower than the national average.
Company Name Product County
Catawba Biogas Biogas Anson
American Distillation, Inc. Distilled ethanol alcohol Brunswick
Archer Daniels Midland Citric Acid Brunswick
OrthoKinetic Technologies LLC Guides the orthopedic and neurosurgical medical device companies in the areas of regulatory and preclinical strategies for FDA submissions. Brunswick
Pressure Chemical Company Specialty chemicals and intermediates Brunswick
TLI Development Provides regulatory, medical writing, and quality assurance support for drug and biotechnology development. Brunswick
Optima KV Biogas Duplin
Carbon Cycle Energy Biogas Duplin
Tyton Biofuels Biorefinery products Hoke
West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. Syringe plungers and IV system components Lenoir
Alcami AAIPharma Services provides drug product development services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies. New Hanover
Biostudy Solutions LLC Biostudy Solutions provides pharmacokinetic and statistical services and study design related to BA/BE testing. New Hanover
Chemtex International, Inc. Engineering / other services for technology companies New Hanover
Chiltern International Inc. Chiltern is a global CRO that conducts and staffs Phase I-IV clinical trials across a broad therapeutic range. New Hanover
Elementis Chromium, LP Chromium New Hanover
IKA-Works Laboratory, analytical and processing equipment New Hanover
Inclinix Inc. Inclinix is a patient recruitment/enrollment CRO. New Hanover
Kendle International provides the biopharmaceutical industry with strategy as well as clinical development and regulatory services to accelerate the drug development process. New Hanover
Merrion Pharmaceuticals, LLC Oral versions of injectable medicines New Hanover
Novella Clinical Inc.  Novella provides CRO support services to biopharmaceutical companies and medical device companies. New Hanover
Ockham  Ockham is a contract drug development company. Ockham provides clinical development, trial management and consulting services. New Hanover
Osmotita Pharmaceutical, Corp. Drug delivery technologies New Hanover
PharPoint Research Inc.  PharPoint Research provides contract clinical data management, programming, and biostatistics consulting and operational services. New Hanover
PMG Research of Wilmington PMG Research of Wilmington conducts Phase II, III and IV clinical trials in a wide range of therapeutic areas. New Hanover
PPD Inc. PPD is a global contract research organization providing drug discovery, development and lifecycle management services. New Hanover
Rothermel Clinical Research Consulting LLC Rothermel Clinical Research Consulting provides contract medical writing and consulting. New Hanover
Quality Agents LLC Offers workforce solutions to Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Medical Device, Healthcare, Energy and Government Institutions. New Hanover
Pfizer Poultry Health Systems for in-ovo vaccination of poultry Scotland