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Cluster of health & life sciences firms

Charlotte USA is home to the largest concentration of medical device manufacturing firms in the Carolinas, employing more than 10,000 workers:

  • Actavis, Inc.
  • CEM
  • BSN Jobst
  • Greiner Bio-One North America
  • Groninger USA
  • Solectron
  • Pelican Life Sciences
  • Chelsea Therapeutics
  • Microban International, Ltd.
  • Fleming Laboratories
  • 3D Systems
  • Transworld Med Group
  • Kyphon
  • Premier Group

Download a map of health & life sciences firms operating in the Charlotte region.

Research & Development

The North Carolina Research Campus, located in Kannapolis, NC, near Charlotte, is a scientific community of eight universities, the David H. Murdock Research Institute, global companies and entrepreneurs. Founded by David H. Murdock, owner of Dole Foods and Castle & Cooke, Inc., research and development focus on safer, more nutritious crops, healthier foods and precision nutrition, all with the goal of improving human health through nutrition and exercise. 

The 350-acrecampus features:

  • A 311,000-sf Core Laboratory building with available office and laboratory space for companies and research universities
  • Thee David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI) with expertise in genomics, metabolomics, proteomics, NMR, bioinformatics, immune sciences and imaging.
  • Eight research centers:
    • Appalachian State University – Human Performance Laboratory
    • Duke University – Clinical and Translational Science Institute
    • UNC Chapel Hill – Nutrition Research Institute
    • NC State University – Plants for Human Health Institute
    • UNC Charlotte – Bioinformatics Services Division
    • North Carolina Central University – Nutrition Research Program
    • NC AT&T State University – Center of Excellence for Post-Harvest Technologies
    • UNC Greensboro – Center for Translational Biomedical Research 

With unique access to world-class universities and scientific talent, food, nutrition and biotech companies can expand their R&D and move products to market faster and more efficiently than ever before.  Companies on campus include:

  •  Endev Laboratories
  •  Sensory Discovery Center
  •  Dole Nutrition Institute
  •  General Mills
  •  Carolinas HealthCare System
  •  DataChambers
  •  BioArmor
  •  Ideal Health Biotechnology
  •  Klear Optix 


Carolinas HealthCare System includes a network of 29 hospitals with 6,000 beds and 1,400 physicians across the Charlotte region.

  • The third-largest public healthcare system in the nation
  • Flagship hospital 874-bed Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, with a Level I trauma center and a research institute and a large number of specialty treatment units including heart, cancer, organ transplant and behavioral health

Cannon Research Center Core Facilities at Carolinas Medical Center has many core facilities including those for biostatistics, comparative medicine, confocal mircroscopy, electron microscopy, flow cytometry, histology, mass spectrometry and proteomics, molecular biology, and research machining.


University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte), the Charlotte region’s research university, is an emerging force in basic science research. Over the last five years, UNC Charlotte has invested over $100 million in life science research, faculty research talent, lab space and new buildings.  

Charlotte Research Institute (CRI) was conceived as a partnership between UNC Charlotte and the corporate and entrepreneurial communities of the region. The campus consists of several centers of concentration, including:

  • eBusiness Technology Institute
  • Center for Precision Metrology
  • Center for Optoelectronics and Optical Communications
  • BioInformatics Research Center
  • Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC)

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Resources for Businesses

North Carolina Biotechnology CenterNorth Carolina Biotechnology Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the growth of the biotechnology sector across the state.  As the third leading state in this industry, the importance of biotechnology is not taken lightly. The Biotechnology Center is not a site for laboratory research or company incubation. Instead, it works to strengthen the research capabilities of North Carolina’s companies and universities, combining innovation with industry-led commercialization. There are five regional offices across the state. For more information about the Greater Charlotte chapter of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, click here.

NC BioConnect is an informal networking group whose purpose is to foster and support interest in the life sciences in and around the greater Charlotte region. Anyone involved in a life science-related field such as biotechnology, pharmaceutical research and production, medical devices, patent protection, venture capital or investment banking is invited to attend. To join the forum, visit

SC BIO is the South Carolina affiliate of the national Biotechnology Industry Organization. The organization works on behalf of its members to expand the infrastructure, legislative, and funding requirements that help life science companies thrive.  SC BIO also offers its members valuable networking opportunities that allow key players from the business, research, investment, government and support service sectors to establish relationships. These connections help move ideas from patent to production, and take companies from start-up to success.  For more information,

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