Healthcare / Life Science

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“At the end of the day it’s all about the people…and the activity here….the city is a hidden gem…you can’t argue with the facts.”
-Anthony Atala, M.D., Director Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Why Forsyth County has been able to achieve success in this highly competitive area boils down to a unique combination of affordability, accessibility and a collaborative relationship between business, medical research, and community.  While many communities claim to be ideal for biotechnology and life science, Winston-Salem proves it with a track record, ample resources, infrastructure and available facilities.  With a renowned medical school (Wake Forest University) a developing urban research park (Wake Forest Innovation Quarter), a regional office for the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, and a critical mass of life science companies already here, we can state confidently that Winston-Salem is where health care and life sciences thrive.

Advantages for Health Care and Life Science

Wake Forest Innovation Quarter
This downtown research park offers an outstanding location for businesses in life science, biotechnology and information technology. The 240 acre urban campus is a combination of university-based medical research and private enterprise.

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is a fully integrated academic medical center located in Winston-Salem. The institution comprised the medical education and research components of Wake Forest School of Medicine; the integrated clinical structure and consumer brand Wake Forest Baptist Health; the commercialization of research discoveries through Wake Forest Innovations, and a network of affiliated community-based hospitals, physician practices, outpatient services and other medical facilities.

Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center
Headquartered in Winston-Salem, Novant Health is a not-for-profit integrated system of 14 medical centers and a medical group consisting of 1, 123 physicians in 343 clinic locations, as well as numerous outpatient surgery centers, medical plazas, rehabilitation programs, diagnostic imaging centers and community outreach programs.

Cook Medical

Cook Medical manufactures medical devices and products such as catheters, wire guides and stents for use in surgical and minimally invasive procedures. Cook Medical has recently announced their plans to move their manufacturing to the Whitaker Park campus and redevelop building 601-1 into a state-of-the-art clean room space for their medical device manufacturing.

Life Sciences Education Resources:

Forsyth Technical Community College 
One of the nation’s leading community colleges in the biomedical field. Forsyth Technical Community College has the only degreed community college nanotechnology program in North Carolina.

Wake Forest University and Wake Forest University School of Medicine
World renowned medical school and research institute

Winston-Salem State University
Curriculum in biomedical research and health sciences

Salem College
Oldest women’s college in the U.S.; curriculum in biology and medical technology

University of North Carolina School of the Arts
In addition to fine arts, UNC School of the Arts offers leading programs in digital technology and imaging