How Life Science can Bring Life to Winston-Salem

At the heart of Winston-Salem’s push into this fascinating and burgeoning field is the Piedmont Triad Research Park (PTRP), featuring studies in the areas of Regenerative Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Nanotechnology, and many more.  While the park contributes heavily to the broader scientific community, they also have a “track record of turning scientific hypothesis into commercially marketable concepts”, thus putting money back into our community.  The master plan for the PTRP includes developing over 200 acres and creating more than 27,000 jobs in the east Winston-Salem area.  The current park houses 55 different companies and employs 925 personnel.

Outside of PTRP, Winston-Salem State University, Wake Forest University, and Forsyth Technical Community College all have various programs focused on Life Sciences.  The most nationally recognized of these programs is probably the Regenerative Medicine studies done at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine.  While it may sound like something out of a science fiction movie, the team at the institute, led by renowned Director Anthony Atala, M.D. was the “first in the world to successfully transplant a laboratory-grown organ into humans.” This accomplishment, in itself, is remarkable and could pave the way for saving countless lives through organ transplants.  A number of other state-of-the-art programs have been completed or are underway for the institute.  Advanced medical programs like this, and the personnel that accompany them, helped Winston-Salem make the list as a “Top 7 Most Intelligent City.”

Nearby, Winston-Salem State University features a dedicated Department of Life Science.  Currently, about 230 students are navigating their way through the advanced curriculum, working in partnership with PTRP.  The department offers students three different Bachelor of Science major choices in Biology, Biotechnology, and Molecular Biology.  Although this is a fairly young program, with the first graduating class having emerged in 2002, the graduates have already accomplished tremendous things .  Forsyth Technical Community College’s program in Biotechnology is the largest in the state of its kind.  It has graduated 108 students since the program’s initial graduating class in 2004 and is getting more extensive by the year.  Eventually, they are looking to move their program within PTRP to further, by proximity, the already exceptional nature of the program.

The Life Sciences industry in Winston-Salem is quickly building the momentum it needs to impact the everyday lives of the citizens of Winston-Salem.  The $87 million Wexford-RJR-Wake Forest Health Sciences deal has already started bringing in construction and support-related jobs.  We hope that, through these local examples and background information, you have a better appreciation for how Life Sciences plays a key role in the dynamic economic development of Winston-Salem.  In addition to the potential to save and improve innumerable lives around the world, the field of Life Sciences is helping structure Winston-Salem as a hub for high-paying jobs and attracting the infrastructure and capital to allow the city to grow with it.

Photos courtesy of: Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

At the heart of Winston-Salem’s push into this fascinating and burgeoning field is the Piedmont Triad Research Park (PTRP), featuring studies in the areas of Regenerative Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Nanotechnology, and many more.  While the park contributes heavily to the broader scientific community, they also have a “track record of turning scientific hypothesis into commercially marketable concepts”, thus putting money back into our community.  The master plan for the PTRP includes developing over 200 acres and creating more than 27,000 jobs in the east Winston-Salem area.  The current park houses 55 different companies and employs 925 personnel.

Outside of PTRP, Winston-Salem State University, Wake Forest University, and Forsyth Technical Community College all have various programs focused on Life Sciences.  The most nationally recognized of these programs is probably the Regenerative Medicine studies done at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine.  While it may sound like something out of a science fiction movie, the team at the institute, led by renowned Director Anthony Atala, M.D. was the “first in the world to successfully transplant a laboratory-grown organ into humans.” This accomplishment, in itself, is remarkable and could pave the way for saving countless lives through organ transplants.  A number of other state-of-the-art programs have been completed or are underway for the institute.  Advanced medical programs like this, and the personnel that accompany them, helped Winston-Salem make the list as a “Top 7 Most Intelligent City.”

Nearby, Winston-Salem State University features a dedicated Department of Life Science.  Currently, about 230 students are navigating their way through the advanced curriculum, working in partnership with PTRP.  The department offers students three different Bachelor of Science major choices in Biology, Biotechnology, and Molecular Biology.  Although this is a fairly young program, with the first graduating class having emerged in 2002, the graduates have already accomplished tremendous things .  Forsyth Technical Community College’s program in Biotechnology is the largest in the state of its kind.  It has graduated 108 students since the program’s initial graduating class in 2004 and is getting more extensive by the year.  Eventually, they are looking to move their program within PTRP to further, by proximity, the already exceptional nature of the program.

The Life Sciences industry in Winston-Salem is quickly building the momentum it needs to impact the everyday lives of the citizens of Winston-Salem.  The $87 million Wexford-RJR-Wake Forest Health Sciences deal has already started bringing in construction and support-related jobs.  We hope that, through these local examples and background information, you have a better appreciation for how Life Sciences plays a key role in the dynamic economic development of Winston-Salem.  In addition to the potential to save and improve innumerable lives around the world, the field of Life Sciences is helping structure Winston-Salem as a hub for high-paying jobs and attracting the infrastructure and capital to allow the city to grow with it.

Photos courtesy of: Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

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