Blame it on today's globe-hopping lifestyle.
Travelers are increasingly bringing what once were considered third-world diseases -- dengue fever and chikungunya, for example -- to backyards near you.
Fortunately, one American hot spot is leading the world in vaccine technologies. The next time you catch some scary news about unusual outbreaks, flu deaths, pandemics or bioterrorism, you can consider
For example, if dengue, chikungunya, West Nile and about 200 other mosquito-carried viruses have you concerned,
Vaccines from the billion-dollar
Nearby, Medicago's RTP vaccine factory is part greenhouse. It grows viral-like particles in tobacco leaves. Fast. It aced a test for the federal government by producing 10 million doses of flu vaccine in one month.
In all, N.C. has 28 vaccine companies (http://directory.ncbiotech.org/search/site/vaccine?ncbc_search_filters=&ncbc_custom_comp_search=1) employing 13,000 people in development and/or manufacturing. A big reason it's such a vax magnet is its renowned workforce training. It includes biomanufacturing "classrooms" with industry-standard stainless steel vats and piping and custom-designed curricula that even the
The state's awesome vax pack includes big firms like
And there's a wide range of nimble, smaller players with fascinating technologies like the Arbovax platform, to tackle not only viral infections but cancer as well. Companies like
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