North Carolina’s economy could receive a welcome boost in coming years from an unexpected source — nanotechnology.
The 16th annual Commercialization of Micro-Nano Systems Conference, hosted by an international nanotechnology foundation, was held this week at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro. The four-day convention ends today.
Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., gave a keynote speech at the event and emphasized the importance of the budding nanotechnology field to the state’s economy.
“While North Carolina may be better known for the three ‘b’s — barbecue, beaches and basketball — this conference solidifies North Carolina’s position as a state ahead of the curve,” she said.
Hagan also said in prepared remarks that the biotechnology industry supports nearly a quarter of a million jobs in the state and contributes more than $64 billion to the state’s economy.