Our partners are critical to the success of our program, the biotech industry in North Carolina and beyond, and all those who could benefit from the advances achieved at BRITE. In addition to our partners in the industrial sector, we also have partners in the not-for-profit realm that share our passion and help enable us to explore new frontiers in biotechnology.
Profiles of key not-for-profit partners, including NC BioImpact and GoldenLEAF, are outlined below, along with several other significant contributors.
NC Biotechnology Center
NC Bioscience Organization
NC BioImpact, is a group of educational, industry and non-profit organizations dedicated to meeting the workforce needs of North Carolina’s life sciences industry. Formerly known as the North Carolina Biomanufacturing and Pharmaceutical Training Consortium, the partnership is helping NC achieve international recognition for its innovative biopharmaceutical training and attract major biomanufacturing businesses to the area. Sam Taylor, president of NCBIO, the state’s bioscience trade organization, commented “NC BioImpact is providing a constant flow of educated workers at all levels, which gives North Carolina a significant competitive advantage. This effort not only provides for entry-level employees, but also strengthens training for incumbent workers at companies already here.”
GoldenLEAF is a non-profit foundation that invests in long-term economic development projects in North Carolina. In 2003, the organization provided $70 million in start-up funding for BioImpact – its largest investment in a single enterprise.
North Carolina State University’s new 82,500 square foot Biomanufacturing and Education Center, better know as BTEC, is the largest facility of its kind in the nation. Like BRITE, BTEC was primarily funded by GoldenLEAF and houses industry-inspired, state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. BTEC is home to NCSU’s new biomanufacturing sciences minor and bioprocessing sciences degree programs, as well as new degree programs for existing engineering majors. BTEC offers a post-baccalaureate certificate and is supporting industry conferences and short courses. BTEC also has a contract with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to design, develop and deliver pharmaceutical and biomanufacturing training for its inspectors.
NCCCS BioNetwork is a statewide initiative that connects community colleges across North Carolina, providing specialized training, curricula and equipment, to develop a world-class workforce for the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and life sciences industries. All North Carolina community colleges serving the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector are part of BioNetwork.
The NC Biotechnology Center is a private, non-profit corporation supported by the NC General Assembly. Its mission is to provide long-term economic and societal benefits to North Carolina by supporting biotechnology research, business and education statewide.
Formed in 1994, the North Carolina Biosciences Organization (NCBIO) focuses primarily on legislative monitoring and lobbying activities at the state and federal level. On the state level, the Organization represents North Carolina’s bioscience industry at the North Carolina General Assembly and before state courts, regulatory agencies and executive branch policy leaders. On the national level, NCBIO works with the national Biotechnology Industry Organization to support appropriate federal policies and to keep members of North Carolina's congressional delegation informed as to industry needs and priorities. Whenever possible, NCBIO collaborates with other nonprofit organizations and trade associations to strengthen the bioscience industry.