Life Science in Greater Charlotte
Biotechnology companies recognize that Charlotte is a great place to do business.
With a plethora of international firms, Charlotte is a mature and ever-evolving life science cluster. The Queen city is home to companies focused on bioinformatics, genomics, medical devices development and manufacturing, and nutrition and human health.
NCBiotech’s Charlotte office is one of five regional offices aimed at transforming the life sciences in North Carolina. NCBiotech offers a continuum of programs that translate ideas to create companies and support companies from startup to product launch and beyond. Our Charlotte-based staff champions life science economic development by building relationships and serving the 11 surrounding local counties.
North Carolina Research Campus is a unique public-private partnership focused on genetics, health and nutrition. The 350 acre, state-of-the-art campus fosters collaboration among researchers from eight universities and local industry. It offers the space, scientific expertise, equipment and instrumentation required for cutting-edge research to unlock the secrets to better nutrition and longevity. Effective healthcare solutions are budding in Charlotte through the veteran affair hospital and Carolina's HealthCare System.
Focused on bioinformatics, Charlotte Research Institute is a premier innovation center and work space at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. This organization serves entrepreneurs and early stage businesses as they work alongside well-established industry partners and innovators.
Life Science Assets
The life science community here boasts expertise in nutrition, bioinformatics, alternative energy and translational research. More than 50 life science companies flourish here with more than 300 that support the growing life science cluster. Company information can be accessed using the company directory. Among our leaders are pharmaceutical developer Lundbeck NA and Medical Murray, developer of medical devices. The region’s development is guided by an advisory committee of life science leaders in the region.
Charlotte has a vibrant network of life science professionals. Whether it is genomics, ethics, venture funding, or anything in between, the Charlotte life science community has organized the event. Seven longstanding, active exchange groups convene monthly to discuss science, network, find potential partners, and create new ideas. Upcoming events are listed at the bottom of this page, or view the full statewide calendar.
A talented workforce is one of Charlotte’s most valuable resources. RowanWorks and the Centralina Workforce Development Board make connections to workforce training opportunities for those looking to advance or start new careers. In addition to being ranked a top most-educated city, an independent site consultant vetted the labor shed in the region for a large biomanufacturing project and passed the region with flying colors.
As an office of NCBiotech, we can connect you to the many resources in Charlotte and across the state. This means job seekers can use our jobs board. Training opportunities are listed in with the state’s training programs. We have a Life Science Intelligence unit whose market research resources can be available at the regional office. And we encourage applicants to our funding programs for university research and companies.
Counties – Greater Charlotte includes Anson, Cabarrus, Catawba, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Richmond, Rowan, Stanly and Union counties.
- 750 domestic and international flights daily from Charlotte Douglas International Airport
- Strong distribution infrastructure puts 60 percent of the U.S. market within a day’s reach
- Metro area population: 2.4 million
- Proximity to the mountains and the beach, with ample recreation opportunities at Lakes Norman, Mountain Island and Wylie
- Home of the Charlotte Panthers NFL team, Charlotte Hornets NBA team, PGA events and minor league baseball, not to mention college sports
Greater Charlotte News & Events
North Carolina Research Campus - Courtesy of North Carolina Research Campus
8th Annual Charlotte Biotechnology Conference - Courtesy of North Carolina Biotechnology Center
UNC-Charlotte Informatics Lab - Courtesy of Charlotte Regional Partnership
Mary Ann Lila, Director, Plants for Human Health Institute - Courtesy of Charlotte Regional Partnership