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BioPharma Crescent Workforce Overview

Pharmaceutical manufacturing companies have been operating in our area for almost 50 years. During that time, our workforce has grown in size and sophistication to support the ever changing needs of this industry.

  • 10,000+ Biopharma employees in our region

  • Industry Expansions are creating new jobs for area residents

  • Our skilled workforce and exceptional training programs are available to meet the needs of the region’s pharmaceutical industry

  • 500+ additional Life Science companies and North Carolina’s Research Triangle are within one hour’s drive


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NC Pharmaceutical Services Network

North Carolina Pharmaceutical Services Network (NCPSN) is a one-of-a kind collaboration that provides a continuum of pharmaceutical education and training to new and existing companies in North Carolina and beyond. Services were developed with significant industry input and can be customized to accommodate specific company needs.

  • East Carolina University: PSN@ECU is a laboratory-based education and training network. Offerings include GMP/GLP courses, short courses, and analytical services.

  • Pitt Community College: PSN@PCC provides a pilot plant type manufacturing environment and lab scale equipment to teach oral solid dosage theory and manufacturing technique.


“Graduates of the GMP class are highly prized by the region’s pharmaceutical companies and often have employment offers before graduation.”
— Dr. Jack Pender, ECU, Chemistry Department Director, Pharmaceutical Training and Laboratory Services

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Workforce Development Center

The crown jewel of workforce training initiatives in Johnston County is our Workforce Development Center. Located on Best Wood Drive in Clayton, this 30,000 square foot state-of-the-art educational and technical skills training center is focused on life sciences programming, business training, and workforce development in biotechnology and other sciences. The WDC is a collaborative effort between Johnston County, Johnston County Public Schools, Johnston County Economic Development and Johnston Community College, as well as local industries.


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ECU Bioprocess Engineering

ECU Bioprocess Engineering offers a unique and valuable educational experience. Coursework includes the ECU engineering core, micro biology, and organic chemistry, complemented by bioprocessing topics such as fermentation, separation, plant design and bioprocess quality. The breadth of the bioprocess engineering experience means that graduates have many career options, from ecosystems protection to food safety to bioenergy, biofuels and human health.


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Biotechnology Program, Pitt Community College

The Biotechnology curriculum, which has emerged from molecular biology and chemical engineering, is designed to meet the increasing demands for skilled laboratory technicians in various fields of biological and chemical technology.


Life Science Manufacturers Draw Many Rural, Commuting Workers

An employee commuting survey of 14 biomanufacturing and other life science companies east of Raleigh shows a dramatic jobs impact on rural counties as well as urban areas, says Mark Phillips, Vice President of Statewide Operations and Executive Director of the Eastern Office of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.

The surveyed companies, collectively employing nearly 8,000 workers, draw many of their employees from 59 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, most of them rural, the survey found. For additional insight and to read the full article, visit the North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s website.