Marine biotechnology is a growing field in Wilmington. One of the leaders is MARBIONC - a program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington - that develops and markets new products. One of their latest discoveries, a potential medication derived from algae, has just been approved for further testing.
North Carolina added more than 10,000 jobs in the tech sector last year alone. That makes it seventh in the nation for job growth, according to a study by Computing Technology Industry Association, a nonprofit advocacy group.
Marine Biology at the University of North Carolina – Wilmington is frequently held up as one of the highly-regarded programs there. Life and Marine Sciences were identified by a New Hanover County economic development analysis two and a half years ago as one of the existing strengths for the Cape Fear region and one that should be exploited.