North Carolina is sixth in the nation in biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology research strength, according to a new national study. The impact of medical research here is ranked seventh in the nation.
Calculations showing North Carolina’s national prominence in scientific and medical research are part of “America’s Knowledge Economy,” a report by the Council of State Governments and Elsevier, a giant publisher of scientific journals. The report was presented to legislators at a session Wednesday aimed at highlighting the connection between scientific discoveries and new industries.
Administrators from the UNC system, UNC-Chapel Hill, and N.C. State University participated.
“Today’s research fuels tomorrow’s commercialization opportunities,” said Barbara Entwisle, vice chancellor for research at UNC-Chapel Hill.
The report highlights the world-class research being done in the state, said Sen. Josh Stein, a Raleigh Democrat. “It’s a testament to the quality and prestige of our great research institutions,” he said.
Global competition is “fierce,” said Warwick A. Arden, provost and executive vice chancellor at N.C. State University.
The knowledge economy in the state is doing well, he said, but it’s important not to take the state’s position for granted. The state must continue to invest in research and in the education and development of the future workforce, he said.