North Carolina

North Carolina

The We Work For Health NC program launched in early 2009 to demonstrate the economic importance of the life science industry to the state of North Carolina. The life science cluster of North Carolina is identifiable by our unique presence of large and small biotech companies, robust research parks and universities, and a thriving vendor network of manufacturers and suppliers.

The biopharmaceutical sector is the foundation of one of North Carolina’s most dynamic innovation and business ecosystems. Not only does the industry invest heavily in the research and development of new treatments and cures, it also generates high quality jobs, powers economic output and exports for the U.S. economy and sustains a very large-scale supply chain.

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Supporting High Quality Jobs in North Carolina

The innovative biopharmaceutical sector directly supported 44,969 jobs in North Carolina in 2017. These jobs are often high-skill, high-wage professions.

The industry also supported another 206,084 jobs indirectly, for a total of about 251,053 jobs across the North Carolina economy. These additional jobs are with vendors and suppliers such as construction companies and I.T. companies, and jobs generated by the sector’s employees such as day care centers and restaurants.

North Carolina workers whose jobs were supported by the biopharmaceutical sector paid a total of $3.6 billion in personal taxes in 2017—$3.1 billion in federal taxes and $458.1 million in state taxes.

North Carolina's Economic Impact

In 2017, the biopharmaceutical sector supported $74.5 billion in economic output for the state of North Carolina—including $39.2 billion generated directly by the sector, and another $35.3 billion through its vendors and suppliers and through the economic activity of its workforce.

Direct Output per Direct Employee in 2017

$871,287
$164,864
$39.2 Billion
$35.3 Billion
$74.5 Billion

vendor relationships

3,481

vendor spending

$3,623,148,670

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Media

2020 We Work For Health Champion - Troy Webb - GSK
2020 We Work For Health Champion - Troy Webb - GSK

Troy Webb serves as Vice President and Site Director for the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) - Zebulon site. In addition to overseeing the production of the company's respiratory medications, he is also a great partner to GSK's government relations team. He is willing to take the time...

Troy Webb serves as Vice President and Site Director for the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) - Zebulon site. In addition to overseeing the production of the company's respiratory medications, he is also a great partner to GSK's government relations team. He is willing to take the time to educate elected officials on the important lifesaving medications being produced by the Zebulon team and has met with the North Carolina General Assembly. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Troy and the site leadership team stayed in communication with government relations regarding stay-at-home orders.

2018 WWFH Summit Video
2018 WWFH Summit Video

Watch the highlights from the 2018 We Work For Health Summit.

Watch the highlights from the 2018 We Work For Health Summit.

Why We Work For Health - Tom Pike
Why We Work For Health - Tom Pike
The CEO of Quintiles, Tom Pike, discusses why it's important to work for health at our 2015 WWFH Summit.
The CEO of Quintiles, Tom Pike, discusses why it's important to work for health at our 2015 WWFH Summit.