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At NC State, research informs our teaching, enhances the experiences of our students, and fuels economic growth.  We have a proven track record of partnering with industry, government, nonprofits and other academic institutions to address global challenges.

Innovation and Economic Vitality

More than 400 commercially available products have originated in NC State’s laboratories and development environments to create a healthier, safer, more sustainable world. NC State has launched over 100 companies, creating more than 7,100 new jobs and attracting $1.5B in investments to date.

  • SAS Institute is the largest market-share holder for advanced analytics software and is one of the world’s largest private software companies.
  • CREE is a market-leading innovator of lighting products, LED components, and semiconductor products for power and radio-frequency applications.
  • Wright Foods is creating more than 500 new jobs, and entirely new food products based on NC State technology will be brought to the marketplace.
  • AgroFresh uses SmartFresh™ technology to extend the transit and shelf life of global food crops while maintaining just-harvested quality.
  • BioResource International commercialized an enzyme-based feed additive that increases animal health while providing significant environmental benefits.
  • LipoScience is a highly innovative company based on the NMR LipoProfile®. More than 8 million tests have been administered to patients.

LipoScience provided this image of its North Carolina facility that conducts detailed, state-of-the-art, and blood testing.


Research Supports Traditional Industries

Fulfilling our land-grant mission, research supports North Carolina’s traditional industries such as agriculture, textiles and forestry through technology and process innovations that improve productivity and competitiveness. NC State’s Nonwovens Institute alone has helped to attract companies from across the globe to locate and invest over $700 million in North Carolina, providing good jobs all across the state. NC State’s research expertise and specialized assets have demonstrated the ability to attract new industries to the state by leading consortia such as the Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute. NC State research also:

  • makes state-of-the-art instrumentation and equipment available to new and existing businesses; and
  • supports collaborative efforts to address complex challenges like alternative energy production/conversion, bioinformatics, nanotechnology, and forensics.
Lab assistants work with Centennial’s electron microscope.

Lab assistants work with Centennial’s electron microscope.


Research Helps Train the Future Workforce

The U.S. economy is becoming progressively more technology and knowledge based. Research gives undergraduate and graduate students real-world opportunities in the lab and in the field. Research experiences allow students to gain training and operate highly sophisticated instruments and fabrication facilities. This training supports discovery, but also gives students the skills high-tech growth industries need.  Research also helps train the innovators and job creators of tomorrow.