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The life science industry in Raleigh is alive and well. Actually, it's better than that—it's phenomenal. Consider this: more than 500 life science companies call the greater Raleigh area home ranging in size from multinational behemoths to boot-strapped start-ups. The thing each company has in common is that they beleive Raleigh is the right place to find the people they need to perform the sophisticated work they require.
Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals represents the largest component of Raleigh's life science industry. Regionally, industry giants like GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis manufacture blockbuster drugs next door to venture-backed start-ups working to advance their most promising candidates through clinical trials.
Contract Research Organizations thrive in Raleigh. In fact, the Research Triangle is home to the largest concentration of CROs in the nation. Add to those, an impressive group of contract manufacturers, and Raleigh firms don’t need to go far to find the help they need at any stage of the product life cycle.
Advanced Medical Technologies is a broad sector within the life sciences cluster, including areas such as medical device manufacturing, product development, health care IT and drug delivery. Within each of these sectors Raleigh shines with industry leading firms that continue to push the envelope of what is possible.
Agricultural Biotechnology companies in the area are creating more productive and resistant crops, and are also breaking new ground in using plants to grow human therapies. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State University is a major player in this sector and works closely with industry to address a wide range of new technologies.