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Why Life Science in Eastern NC?

- Mid-Atlantic location, halfway between Boston and Miami

- Available buildings and sites suitable for biomanufacturing 

- Excess water and sewer capacity in several communities

- Critical mass of bio-tech companies and a robust supply chain

- Array of 3PLs and trucking companies

- Extensive 4-lane highway network which connects to freeways

- Reliable power and natural gas at competitive rates

- Recent labor study confirmed availability of qualified workers, familiar with cGMP, to support additional 400-employee biomanufacturing facility

- A regional articulated life sciences ladder, developed with guidelines from the life sciences community is in place including: Associate Degrees; BS programs in Biology, Biochemistry, Bioprocess Engineering and Industrial Technology, a MS in Biotechnology and a PhD in Microbiology

Life Sciences thrive in Eastern NC

Eastern NC is home to internationally recognized biotech organizations, medical device makers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, as well as leading academic institutions, medical schools, and healthcare facilities.


The academic heart of the region is East Carolina University, a Doctoral II research facility and its allied schools of medicine and nursing, the university's cardiovascular center is a world leader in the development of minimally invasive robotic heart surgery. Linking the university and K-12 institutions is the nationally recognized North Carolina Community College System which offers specialized training programs in healthcare, biopharma manufacturing, bio processing, and many other areas key to the life sciences.

In addition, less than an hour to the west is Research Triangle Park - the nation's largest research park - and the resources of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University and Duke University.

Select Top Life Science Employers
Aylward Pharmaceutical Machinery (Manufacturers)
Fresenius Kabi Physicians & Surgeons Equipment & Supplies - Manufacturers 
Patheon, A Thermo-Fisher Scientific Co.                                           Pharmaceutical Products - Wholesale
Fuji Silysia Chemical USA Chemicals - Retail 
Hospira, a Pfizer Company Laboratories - Medical 
Merck Drugs - Manufacturers
Mayne Pharma Laboratories - Testing
RTI Surgical Surgical Instruments - Manufacturers 
Sandoz (Novartis) Pharmaceutical Research Laboratories
West Pharmaceutical Services Pharmaceutical Products - Wholesale


Life Sciences Wage Rates
Description Eastern NC NC USA
  Low High Avg. Avg.
Chemical Engineers (17-2041) $46.99 $46.99 $46.99 $49.80
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations (19-0000) $16.99 $34.96 $32.58 $35.06
Biochemists and Biophysicists (19-1021) $41.91 $41.91 $42.62 $45.36
Microbiologists (19-1022) $32.69 $32.69 $32.50 $36.95
Biological Scientists, All Other (19-1029) $27.42 $39.69 $35.90 $37.42
Chemists (19-2031) $21.72 $38.62 $35.12 $38.86
Biological Technicians (19-4021) $14.63 $19.27 $20.44 $22.18
Chemical Technicians (19-4031) $17.66 $24.95 $22.19 $23.93
Social Science Research Assistants (19-4061) $22.62 $22.62 $23.09 $22.51
Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians, Other (19-4099) $16.37 $22.37 $21.48 $23.69

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Life Sciences Employment
Description Total Employment
Pharmaceutical & Medicine Manufacturing (3254) 5,990
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (5419) 4,040
Medical Equipment and Supplies Mfg (3391) 1,740
Chemical Engineers 90
Social Science Research Assistants 80
Biological Scientists, All Other 60
Life, Physical & Social Science Technicians, Other 50
Biochemists and Biophysicists 40

Download an excel file of Life Sciences Employment