Life Sciences

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Improving Lives Through Life Science

In North Carolina, life sciences companies are establishing a major hub, and more and more are choosing Sanford and Lee County to expand their operations. Sanford’s unique value proposition offers low operational and living costs without sacrificing quality or access to major industry markets. Plenty of affordable land, a skilled workforce, and proximity to the renowned Research Triangle are a few reasons why companies like Pfizer and Astellas Gene Therapies continue to invest in Sanford.

Life Science innovation is happening at a rapid pace in Sanford. Central Carolina Hospital’s Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Treatment Center is producing clinically-proven results right here, while nearby resources include UNC Research at Chapel Hill and the Duke Clinical Research Institute, the nation’s largest and oldest academic clinical research organization. Locating in Sanford and the Lee County area offers top-rated healthcare opportunities in an affordable, high-quality setting.

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Employed at Pfizer’s Sanford, NC facility

Business Facilities 2021

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Life Science Companies (North Carolina)

Avison Young Life Sciences Report 2021

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Biological Product Manufacturing Employees (2020) by State

Major Employers

Training Tomorrow’s Industry Leaders

The E. Eugene Moore Manufacturing and Biotech Solutions Center will open soon at Central Carolina Community College (CCCC). Upon completion, the center will prepare students to create new career pathways within the Life Sciences field by providing comprehensive education and industry training on state-of-the-art equipment. As the Life Science sector continues to grow in the region, the E. Eugene Moore Center will enhance Sanford and Lee County’s response to expanding company needs by offering customized training, general educational programming, temporary work space, and other resources.

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BioWork Certificate Program

The BioWork program at Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) is a certificate program offered to recent high school graduates, transitioning military, or anyone seeking a new career opportunity which can lead to an entry-level position as a process technician. Students learn foundational skills needed to gain an entry-level position in forensic laboratories, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and research and development.

Through the Military Service Member Biopharma Manufacturing (MSMBM) initiative at CCCC, military service members are eligible to apply for participation in the BioWork certificate program at no cost to them. The program was developed with an award from the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL) to grow the life sciences talent pipeline in the Central Carolina region.

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