The North Carolina Biotech Center was conceived by former governor Jim Hunt some 30 years ago. So, CEO and President of the Biotech Center, Norris Tolson talks about where the Center goes from here:
“The interesting thing about the biotech world is that we continue to find new avenues of opportunity. For example, not only are we one of the largest ag biotech states in the country, we are now becoming one of the largest vaccine states in the county. We are one of the largest biopharmaceutical, we are by far the largest contract research organization in the county. So even though we are in the early stages of our maturity curve, we have a long way to grow. And we are seeing new things come on board like marine biotechnology. We are very engaged in that.
With vaccines, not only are we a huge research and development state we are becoming a dominant manufacturing state for vaccines. Pharmaceuticals continues to grow. We are seeing things like nanobiotechnology become a very strong effort in this state. We are also looking at things like natural product bio tech.
We continue to find opportunities to grow in and that is what we are all about. We try to identify areas of growth and make sure they receive the attention they need so they can grow and create jobs.”
Norris Tolson, President and CEO of the North Carolina Biotech Center located in Research Triangle Park.