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2022 a banner year for growth in life sciences in North Carolina

2022 was a banner year for growth in North Carolina's life sciences industries.

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center reports the state saw more than $2 billion dollars in investments and more than 2,700 new jobs in life sciences and related industries.

Biotech Center C.E.O. Doug Edgerton said recruiters here sold the state's ready-made workforce, something that gives North Carolina an advantage.

"States or locations that have an ample supply of skilled technology workers is in a real short supply in the country right now," he said, "So, we're trying our best to take advantage of the window while it's open."

Manufacturing and related activities accounted for most of the new investments last year.