On Oct. 14, Chancellor Woodson joined FUJIFILM Diosynth CEO Martin Meeson and statewide partners to commemorate the groundbreaking of the company’s Holly Springs facility. The expansion is the largest-ever life sciences investment in North Carolina’s history, creating 725 jobs and infusing $2 billion into the state’s economy. FUJIFILM Diosynth’s new campus will manufacture life-saving medicines and vaccines for a range of illnesses.
In his opening comments, Chancellor Woodson noted NC State’s critical role in the state’s economic development — and recognized access to highly skilled talent as a key driver.
“NC State is proud to support North Carolina’s growing economy by preparing future leaders who can help solve the big challenges facing our world,” he said.
Chancellor Woodson also highlighted the long-term partnership between FUJIFILM Diosynth and the university, including workforce training through NC State’s Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) and research collaborations with the College of Design to support the company’s global sustainability strategy. Already, 200 FUJIFILM Diosynth employees have participated in advanced biomanufacturing training courses.
The partnership is a win-win. By working alongside FUJIFILM Diosynth employees, NC State faculty gain insight into global industry challenges. They bring this expertise back to the classroom, providing real-world learning opportunities for students.
The groundbreaking ceremony also included a proclamation from Governor Roy Cooper, and remarks from North Carolina State Senator Sydney Batch, North Carolina State Representative Erin Paré, Wake County Commissioner Chair Matt Calabria, Town of Holly Springs Mayor Dick Sears and North Carolina Biotechnology Center Senior Vice President Bill Bullock.
Since 2010, the Raleigh metro has been the second-fastest growing area in the nation. In March, Google announced the creation of 1,000 engineering jobs in our region. The following month, Apple committed a $1 billion investment and 3,000 new jobs in machine learning, artificial intelligence, software engineering and other technology fields. NC State builds research and workforce partnerships with companies across the Triangle and throughout North Carolina, supporting the state’s economic development in line with the university’s land-grant mission.