North Carolina

North Carolina has the universities, research and workforce that continue to attract and keep the leading biotechnology, pharmaceutical and life sciences companies here. NC’s ideal location and varied ecological environments provide the necessary tools to make it a national powerhouse in marine science research:

  • 300 miles of Atlantic coastline
  • coastal region adjacent to the convergence of two prevailing ocean currents (the Gulf Stream bringing warming from the Southern coastal areas, and the Labrador current with cooling effects from the North)
  • over 3,000 square miles of estuarine systems including Albermarle-Pamlico, the second largest estuarine complex in the contiguous United States
  • 17 major river basins and a diverse ecological environment

North Carolina is recognized as the third largest biotechnology hub in the US and is home to over 600 bioscience companies employing more than 61,000 workers. According to a recent study, the total economic impact of the life science industry in North Carolina is $73 billion.

MBCOI has established a presence in several key regions to better serve the NC marine community:

Wilmington: Incorporated in 1739, Wilmington is located on the eastern seaboard of the United States in the southeastern coastal section of North Carolina and is home to one of the State’s two deep water ports. The city serves as a center for business, service, education, and industry for the surrounding five-county area. The multi-campus Cape Fear Community College, the sixth largest school of the 58 colleges within the NC community college system, offers a Marine Technology program that provides practical onboard training for scientific support technicians. The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in Marine Biology, a unique MBA/Marine Biology Post-Doc program, and boasts a new state-of-the-art public-private research building (MARBIONC).

MBCOI’s headquarters are located within the Center for Marine Science building on the CREST research campus at UNCW.

Research Triangle Park (RTP): At over 7,000 acres (2,833 ha), RTP is one of the largest research parks in the world. Located within the Research Triangle Region (a highly regarded research and development center situated between Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill and anchored by a mixture of high-tech start-ups, global Fortune 100 companies, and cutting-edge research institutions including Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University), RTP is home to a diverse mix of 790 high-tech companies employing 50,000 people with expertise in micro-electronics, telecommunications, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and environmental sciences.

MBCOI’s regional office, located within a technology incubator, First Flight Venture Center, in the heart of RTP, provides convenient access to the main campuses, biotechnology companies and related services.

Morehead City: Located in Carteret County and part of the Crystal Coast region (an 85-mile stretch of coastline that extends from the Cape Lookout National Seashore westward to the New River), Morehead City has one of the deepest ports on the US eastern seaboard. Additionally, this region boasts a significant marine science community including North Carolina State University’s (NCSU) Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST), University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s (UNC-CH) Institute for Marine Science (IMS), Carteret County Community College, Duke Marine Labs, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

MBCOI’s regional office is located in CMAST, which affords convenient access to the local scientific community as well as more distant stakeholders such as the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) in Wanchese, NC and Eastern Carolina University (ECU) in Greenville, NC.

Through its extensive network, MBCOI is able to provide exceptional value to its regional stakeholders:
MBCOI’s business model is designed to capitalize on opportunities and to generate revenue and a path to sustainable revenue growth. In addition, MBCOI will continue to assess other marine-related opportunities across the academic and corporate landscape for their market potential.