Research Triangle Park (RTP)

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Vivian Powell

Operations Manager

The heart of Research Triangle Region innovation

Business, government and academic leaders forged our region’s innovation-based economy more than 50 years ago when they leveraged the R&D and talent produced by our three major research universities – Duke University, N.C. State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – to create the Research Triangle Park (RTP).

Today, that culture of innovation and collaboration drives an innovation-rich economy that is one of the most vibrant and economically competitive in the world.

RTP is home to more than 300 of the world’s most innovative and cutting-edge companies and 50,000 of its brightest people. They anchor our world-leading clusters in life sciences, information technology and cleantech.

More than a location and an engine for the economic growth, RTP is a center of innovation. It is home to winners of the Nobel and the Pulitzer prizes, as well as recipients of the U.S. Presidential Award and National Foundation Awards. Just as important, it is the workplace of technical, chemical, and biomedical scientists and patent holders whose discoveries have impacted the lives of all citizens in this country and around the world.

Some of the most profound discoveries of the 20th century have been influenced by scientists and researchers working in RTP, including the invention of the Universal Product Code, 3D ultrasound technology and Astroturf. Among the most significant of RTP accomplishments was the discovery of Taxol, hailed by the National Cancer Institute as the most important new anti-cancer drug of the past 15 years, and AZT, a drug used to fight HIV-AIDS.

RTP has been building, discovering and flourishing since the 50s. And it’s not going to stop. If you’d like to follow the Park and its journey in to the future, the organization that manages the Park – the Research Triangle Foundation – encourages you to join them on Twitter @TheRTP.