With the Research Triangle Park celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, North Carolina life-science leaders will have a chance to reflect how the region has helped re-anchor the state's economy from tobacco growing and furniture building.

Yet RTP and six other life-sci parks in the state are spending at least as much time thinking ahead as looking back. The seven have formed the North Carolina Research Parks Network, a coalition aimed at helping them brand and locate technology resources statewide and boost the life sciences and other tech sectors.

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