Strategically located between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, and Duke University, Research Triangle Park (RTP) has been a cornerstone of the biotechnology industry since its earliest days. More recently, advancements in biotechnology have created a bottleneck of information. Trying to find tangible, druggable targets has proved difficult, tying up much of researchers’ valuable time. New visualization techniques can make it easier and provide more insight into these large and complex sets of data.
It should come as no surprise that a park that boasts large pharmas and biotechs, such as GlaxoSmithKline(www.gsk.com) and Biogen IDEC(www.biogen.com), alongside IT powerhouses, such as IBM (www.ibm.com) and SAS (www.sas.com), would emerge as a leader in bioinformatics.
The Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP) is a public-private organization that promotes economic development for the 13-county Research Triangle region of North Carolina. The region comprises the counties of Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake and Warren.
The RTRP fosters the collaborations among universities, industry, and government that have become the hallmark of North Carolina’s bioscience industry. The park has more than 140 organizations with disciplines ranging from information technology, biotechnology, and materials sciences. The diverse industry of RTP includes biotechnology/biopharmaceuticals, pharmaceuticals, chemistry, and computer software/hardware.
More than 70 universities, technology firms, clinical research organizations, software companies, and others, based in RTP and around the state, have formed the North Carolina Genomics and Bioinformatics Consortium. The Consortium includes IBM, SAS Institute, Quintiles(www.quintiles.com), Sigma-Aldrich(www.sigma-aldrich.com), Duke, and Wake Forest University.