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The N.C. Biotechnology Center in Research Triangle Park announced today that it will spend $2.5 million to help generate marine biotech jobs in the eastern part of the state.
The four-year grant will establish a center of innovation – the fourth in the state – to develop commercial products from North Carolina’s marine life with the help of biotech tools.
Coastal marine labs are doing research that could be applied in several areas, such as health, energy, aquatic foods and diagnostics, according to John Chaffee, director of the biotech center’s eastern office, which is the fiscal agent for the marine biotech consortium.
The biotech center already spent $100,000 to plan for the marine biotech center of innovation or MBCI. This first grant was used to develop a business plan. With the new award, the MBCI must meet business milestones and ultimately establish itself as an independent, self-sustaining entity. The first milestone will be the hiring of an executive director, who will lead the center in identifying and prioritizing key market sectors, said Chaffee.
The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, the UNC-CH Institute for Marine Science, N.C. State University’s Center for Marine Science and Technology and the Duke Marine Lab helped during the planning phase. East Carolina University technology transfer staff assisted with new innovation center’s business plan.
It’s an encouraging historical fact that creativity rises when the economy tanks.
That means, the time to plant seeds for tomorrow’s innovation is now, when the global economy is shrinking, unemployment is rising and one of the world’s largest carmakers, General Moters, is about to restructure in the biggest industrial bankruptcy in U.S. history.
Science and innovation will continue to drive economic development in the next 20 years, but where the new jobs will spring up is not as clear.
The Internet is emphasizing how researchers work over where they work. To solve scientific puzzles increasingly requires more than one researcher, one lab, or one organization. And in the global recession government is trading places with industry in stepping up investment in research and development.
Gov. Beverly Perdue used a ribbon cutting Thursday to propose state incentives to encourage scientists to become entrepreneurs.
Purdue seized the grand opening of Quintiles Transnational‘s new global headquarters in Durham to talk about a founder’s tax credit and small innovation research grants she said she wants legislators to pass during the ongoing session.
The Hamner Institutes of Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park has signed a deal that could help North Carolina biotech companies do business in China.
The partnership with China Medical City, a RTP-size research park the Jiangsu provincial government is establishing about three hours north of Shanghai, also aims to bring Chinese investment and jobs to North Carolina.