North Carolina’s principal biotech industry organization’s incoming president and CEO this week said he intends to double the state’s biotech workforce by 2020 and gain additional state government funding for the industry.
 
Norris Tolson, who will give up a cabinet position in North Carolina’s state government to take the group’s reins, told BioRegion News last week he plans to make no changes to the structure or personnel of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, where he has been a director since 2000.

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