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NCBioImpact combines the resources of North Carolina's university and community college systems to meet the growing demands of the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. The training programs partner closely with the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, NCBIO, the NC Department of Commerce and industry to form a unique academic, industry and government collaborative.

In 2002, biomanufacturing company leaders in North Carolina were invited by the North Carolina Biosciences Organization (NCBIO) to discuss emerging hiring challenges. The group of leaders, in partnership with NCBIO, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center completed an updated workforce needs assessment, published as Window on the Workplace 2003.

As a result of strong industry support, the GoldenLEAF Foundation provided nearly $70 Million to develop NCBioImpact, an internationally recognized, first-of-its-kind training program. Combined with in-kind donations of employee time and equipment from industry and ongoing support from state government, a total of over $100 Million catalyzed NCBioImpact's formation. Key assets include:

  • BTEC (GoldenLEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center) at North Carolina State University is an 82,500 gross sq foot facility featuring high-tech classrooms and laboratories with bench-scale and multi-scale bioprocessing equipment.
  • BioNetwork is the North Carolina Community College System's statewide initiative with seven centers providing expertise and support to all 58 community colleges. BioNetwork trains at all levels of this industry, upgrading the skills of incumbent workers, from entry level to management.
  • BRITE (Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise) at North Carolina Central University provides Bachelor's and graduate degree programs in Pharmaceutical Science. BRITE has a strong research focus, particularly in the areas of drug discovery and manufacturing technology.

Academic leaders from other states and countries now come to North Carolina to find out about this unique training collaborate in order to upgrade their own training initiatives.

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