Research Triangle Park (RTP) is one of the oldest and largest high-tech research and development centers in North America. It is part of North Carolina's overall biotechnology initiative, and a primary economic driver for the region. Its 7,000 acres house more than 170 companies employing over 42,000 full-time and approximately 10,000 contract employees. Businesses range from Fortune 100 multinational research and development companies, to U.S. federal agencies, to university spin-outs and start-ups.
RTP is home to numerous winners of the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Presidential Awards, and where the National Science Foundation Awards carry out their efforts. It has served as a model for innovation, education, and economic development worldwide. Many women's careers in life science have been launched in RTP.
The WIB-RTP chapter benefits from, and contributes to the rich life sciences industry here: North Carolina ranks biotechnology as one of the top three industries in the state and RTP has been ranked one of the top areas in biotechnology development in the US.
We are home to major biotech and pharmaceutical companies, a rich venture capital community, and top research institutions and universities. Our chapter area consists of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill and is home to Duke University, University of North Carolina, and North Carolina State University.
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