Industry Report: The Clinical Research industry cluster is vital to Southeastern North Carolina, supporting knowledge-sector jobs to strengthen the region’s diverse economy. The report and overview was developed to illustrate the significance of the Clinical Research cluster and to determine ways the Clinical Research cluster can be strengthened.

A Report on the Clinical Research Industry Cluster in Southeastern North Carolina

Quick Facts – A Report on the Clinical Research Industry Cluster in Southeastern NC


Industry Cluster Highlights:

20+ CROs – with several headquarters represented in region

2500+ Clinical Research Employees, with high average salaries

40+ CR Support Companies, employing 200+ local professionals

100+ Clinical Trials ongoing in region

19 Medical Practices and 40+ Physicians conducting clinical trials locally

$85,119 average annual salary for local Clinical Research employees

Significant Opportunities for Clinical Research Industry Growth and Clinical Trial Expansions


Companies in Southeastern NC:

Clinical Research Companies

•AAIPharma (HQ)
•Blitz Research
•Chiltern International
•Clinipace Worldwide
•INC Research
•PMG Research
•inVentiv Health
•Jubilant Clinsys
•Modoc Research (HQ)
•Novella Clinical
•PAREXEL International
•Pharm-Olam International
•PRA International
•Research Pharmaceutical Services
•Sarah Cannon Research Institute
•Theorem Clinical Research
•Worldwide Clinical Trials

Clinical Trial Support

•Biostudy Solutions (HQ)
Triangle Biostatistics, LLC
•PharPoint Research

Clinical Trial Data Management

Clinical Trial Insurance
•Aquesta Insurance Services
•Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services

HR Support
•Babb McGrew (HQ)
•Hawthorne Search (HQ)
•Human Capital Solutions (HQ)

Independent Consultants
•Amanda Grim’s GCP Audits (HQ)
•BioClin Consulting (HQ)
•Cape Fear Research Consultants (HQ)
•Coastal Pharmaceutical Consultants (HQ)
•DMS Clinical Research Services (HQ)
•Hashimoto Consulting Services (HQ)
•Hermes (HQ)
•KButler GxP Consulting (HQ)
•MSS Pharmaceutical Consulting (HQ)
•Navigator Life Science Advisory (HQ)
•Outsourcing Support Services, Inc (HQ)
•Pharmalogx (HQ)
•Rothermel Clinical Research Consulting (HQ)
•Spataro & Associates (HQ)

Laboratory Testing Services
•Quality Chemical Laboratories (HQ)
•Solstas Lab Partners
•Wilmington Pathology Associates (HQ)

•Bon’s Eye Marketing (HQ)
•Ann Revel-Pechar (HQ)

Medical Writing
•Hurley Write (HQ)
•Regulatory Writing Solutions (HQ)
•Modoc Research (HQ)

Patient Recruitment
•Trial Management Associates (HQ)
•PMG Research

Pharmacuetical Sales Training
•Proficient Learning (HQ)

Drug, Medical Device and Testing Development

Drug Development
•CardioPharma (HQ)
•Fervent Pharmaceuticals
•Furiex Pharmaceuticals
•Leonard Consulting (HQ)
•mAbRx (HQ)
•MARBIONC Development Group (HQ)
•Onyx Pharmaceuticals
•Osmotica Pharmaceutical (N.A. HQ)
•Wilmington Pharmaceuticals (HQ)

Medical Device Development and Testing
•Bluewater Technology Partners (HQ)
•Cortech Solutions
•DSM Biomedical
•GO2 (HQ)
•OrthoKinetic Technologies (HQ)
•TranS1 (HQ)

Testing Development and Manufacturing
•AccuGenomics (HQ)
•MicroGuard Consulting (HQ)

Companies: The southeastern region of North Carolina is home to a significant cluster of clinical research companies, from large multi-national companies, such as PPD, to small entrepreneurial ventures, such as Modoc Research. Most organizations and employees are located in Brunswick, Pender, and New Hanover counties. Locate or launch your CRO in Southeastern North Carolina.

Education and Workforce Training: The University of North Carolina Wilmington hosts an exceptional clinical research program, offering both undergraduate and masters degrees. Both degree programs are offered online and were developed with local companies to meet industry needs. Additionally, the university has tailored the Mathematics and Statistical Sciences masters degree for local clinical research industry needs.

Economic Development and Business Assistance: The economic development community in southeastern North Carolina has joined together to support and strengthen the impressive cluster of clinical research companies in the southeastern region of North Carolina. North Carolina Biotechnology Center, Southeastern Office Wilmington Business Development Brunswick County Economic Development Commission Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Cape Fear Economic Development Council North Carolina Southeast (regional economic development partnership) North Carolina Department of Commerce City of Wilmington New Hanover County MARBIONC (Marine Biotechnology in Southeastern NC).

Physicians: Knox Clinic Pediatrics, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Southeastern Area Health Education Center, University Physicians, Wilmington Gastroenterology Associates, Wilmington Health.

Patient Base: The diverse population in the region, includes a significant number of retirees, college students, and every demographic group in between. Locate your clinical trial in Southeastern North Carolina.

Investors: Wilmington Investor Network, Harbor Island Equity Partners, Cape Fear Inception Micro-Angel Fund (IMAF).

Clinical Trials Located in Greater Wilmington and Southeastern North Carolina: As of June 21, 2013 100+ clinical trials were active in Brunswick, Pender, and New Hanover counties. An additional 35+ clinical trials were active and located throughout Southeastern North Carolina in Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Duplin, Hoke, Onslow, Robeson, Sampson, and Scotland counties.

Individuals interested in the specific clinical trials being offered in Southeastern North Carolina should download and view Wilmington Area Clinical Trials (requires Microsoft Excel). A corresponding glossary of terms has also been developed. All the information contained in the file “Wilmington Area Clinical Trials” and the glossary of terms was provided by