Fast Facts

  • More than 2,500 life science professionals
  • UNC-Wilmington marine biotechnology research center
  • Contract Research Organization Industry Cluster
  • 650+ bioscience and related companies in the state, over 75 in the region
  • Growing ag biotech cluster
  • NC Biotechnology Center with regional office

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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 home to the Center for Marine Science, the largest and most sophisticated marine science center in the Southeastern U.S.

Agriculture biotech research is also 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.

Companies in the Region

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 Drug product development services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies New Hanover
Biostudy Solutions, LLC 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 Interational, Inc. 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. 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 version of injectable medicines New Hanover
Novella Clinical, Inc. CRO support services for biopharmaceutical and medical device companies New Hanover
Ockham Clinical drug development, trial management and consulting services New Hanover
Osmotica Pharmaceutical Corp. Drug delivery technologies New Hanover
PharPoint Research, Inc. Contract clinical data management, programming, and biostatistics consulting and operational services New Hanover
PMG Research of Wilmington Conducts Phase II, III and IV clinical trials in a wide range of therapeutic areas New Hanover
PPD, Inc. Global contract research organization providing drug discovery, development and lifecycle management services New Hanover
Rothermel Clinical Research Consulting, LLC Contract medical writing and consulting New Hanover
Quality Agents, LLC Workforce solutions for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, healthcare, energy and government institutions New Hanover
Pfizer Poultry Health Systems for in-ovo vaccination of poultry Scotland