Biotechnology/ Pharmaceutical

The pharmaceutical manufacturing industry in eastern North Carolina is equipped with a robust talent pool and established transportation network. As a hub for medical, commercial, and educational hub, this region has more than 3,000 people working in biotechnology and pharma manufacturing occupations.

Pharmaceutical and health-related products made in eastern North Carolina improve the lives of humans and animals around the world. From life-saving vaccines for humans to flea and tick control for animals, our region offers the talent, infrastructure, and resources that biotechnology companies need to succeed.

East Carolina University is meeting the needs of pharmaceutical manufacturing through educational opportunities and groundbreaking research with the Eastern Region Pharma Center, a leader in workforce development for this growing industry. Housed in ECU’s new Life Sciences and Biotechnology building, the center works in partnership with 15 pharmaceutical companies and five regional community colleges.

Community colleges across eastern North Carolina offer training programs and certificates specific to careers in biotechnology and life sciences.

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industry leaders

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CMP Pharma
Happy Jack
ITW Medical Products
Thermo Fisher Scientific
West Pharmaceutical Services