The new Duke Cancer Center recently opened its doors to patients in February, according to a Duke University news article. The $235 million facility has been added to Duke University’s extensive list of LEED certified buildings. The environmentally-friendly features that helped the Duke Cancer Center achieve this certification include sustainable methods of energy use and transportation options. The center features large windows to let in natural sunlight, a rooftop garden, bike racks and showers for those who ride a bicycle to the center and occupancy sensors throughout the Duke Cancer Center that automatically turn lights off when a room is empty.
Science Market Update
North Carolina appears to have a rich life science sales market when taking into account recent life science funding statistics. North Carolina Biotechnology Center in particular gave $2.9 million in loans and grants to life science companies and researchers during this second fiscal quarter. North Carolina Biotechnology Center has been funding life science researchers and startups since 1984, helping to make North Carolina the third largest biotechnology cluster in the United States. Ten different programs received awards based on entrepreneurship, technology and education. North Carolina now hosts over 500 life science companies and 58,000 employees who earn an average salary greater than $78,000.
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