The North Carolina Biotechnology Center hosted an announcement ceremony May 17 with North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue and Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. 

The partners announced plans to build the Alexandria Ag-Tech Center/North Carolina, which will be a world-class collaborative greenhouse center for innovative agricultural technology research.

Dignitaries attending the ceremony included Gov. Perdue, Norris Tolson, president and CEO of the Biotech Center, and senior management from Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. 

“As complex environmental issues — like the growing world population, limits to world food supply, shrinking natural resources, and the need to develop green technologies — become increasingly urgent, the new Ag-Tech Center along with North Carolina’s commitment to education, innovation and agribusiness will ensure that our state plays a vital role in tackling those challenges,” said Gov. Perdue, in making the announcement at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.

Growing agricultural technology companies in North Carolina will soon have a world-class destination to develop innovative products. The Alexandria Ag-Tech Center will be a state-of-the-art greenhouse space for research at the intersection of agricultural, biotechnology, clean technology, and human health. 

Proximate to the intellectual hub, Research Triangle Park, the Alexandria Ag-Tech Center will be a 50,000-square-foot agricultural technology research center, which will include 18,000 square feet of flexible greenhouse space. It will feature cutting-edge individual greenhouse modules and specialized support areas along with innovative shared amenities, providing the ideal environment for emerging ag-tech companies to thrive.