The Research Triangle region of North Carolina is noted as a life science/biotechnology hotspot, and that reputation was only enhanced in several ways since the first of the year.
- Spark LS, a massive 109-acre, mixed-use life sciences campus, is being slated for the heart of Morrisville. The roughly $1 billion project will include 1.5 million square feet of lab and biomanufacturing space, restaurants, retail, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education and Amenity Center, and recreational areas (see WRAL TechWire article here).
- The Yield, a life sciences campus focusing on biomanufacturing, office and lab space with retail amenities, will be built on 200 acres at the intersection of Green Oaks Parkway and Holly Springs New Hill Road in Holly Springs (see WRAL TechWire article here).
- Marrone Bio Innovations Inc., a publicly-traded bioagricultural company, has announced that it would relocate the company’s corporate headquarters from Davis, CA to Raleigh. The company’s research and development operations and some support functions will remain in California (see WRAL TechWire article here).
- Life science giant Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies is adding more jobs and manufacturing capacity in the area. An estimated 145 new jobs – including researchers and scientists – will be added to support an 89,000 square foot expansion of its BioProcess Innovation Center in Morrisville (see WRAL TechWire article here).
Add to those impressive announcements another report from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. It reported that even a second year of business interruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic couldn’t slow North Carolina’s bioscience juggernaut in 2021. Nineteen major expansions, relocations or new facilities representing almost $4 billion in investment and more than 4,000 jobs were announced across the state.