North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue (D) has reportedly reached an agreement with Chinese officials to create a 150,000-square-foot research facility in the state’s Research Triangle Park (RTP) for pharmaceutical, biotechnology and other businesses that want to expand in the United States and China. Expected to open in 2013, the biosciences gateway at RTP’s Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences may expand up to 1 million square feet during the next five to seven years.
At the January 18, 2011, signing, Perdue told a delegation of Chinese politicians, investors and business leaders that North Carolina wished to learn how to “collaborate and build strong partnerships” with them. Hamner, a nonprofit founded in 1974 to study chemical safety, will apparently work with the Chinese investment firm XY Group to identify biotech opportunities for companies and universities. “This campus will be a very important gateway for Chinese companies that want to do business in North Carolina,” XY Group Yunsong Yang told a news source. See The Charlotte Observer, January 19, 2011.