A Hub of Research and Development

Research Triangle Park (RTP) is the largest research park in North America and remains one of the most successful science parks across the globe. Stretching 7,000 acres across Durham and Wake counties, the park is home to 250+ businesses, ranging from Fortune 100 multinational R&D operations to entrepreneurial-driven start-ups.

RTP Data

Over 300 companies located in RTP in 2020.
Approximately 50,000 people work in RTP in 2020.
RTP's companies have been awarded more than 3,000 patents.
RTP is the largest research park in the country.

Unique Developments and Contributions

"Taxol," discovered at RTI International, is the most-prescribed cancer drug of all time.

Science students using pipette in the lab.
The main Redhat building towers among the downtown Raleigh skyline.

Raleigh’s Red Hat pioneered and protected the viability of open-source software.

The revolution in “big data” was created by SAS.

A large group of SAS employees posing for a picture on a sidewalk with the SAS logo on it.
A group of three reviewing images from a sonogram in excitement!

3D Ultrasound was introduced by medical researchers at Duke University.

Industrial LED lighting by Cree has reduced energy consumption worldwide.

A workspace lit brightly by overhead LED lighting. There are various professionals working at tables.
A closeup of a barcode on a product.

The UPC barcode developed in RTP by IBM revolutionized inventory management.

The Nobel Prize was given to two RTP scientists for the first drug effective against HIV/AIDS.

A white buttoned-down collared shirt with a red AIDS ribbon to show support.
A zoomed in image of a Delta airliner mid-flight at high altitude.

RTI helped develop an aircraft wind shear warning device that has saved countless lives.

RTP Spotlight

The Frontier RTP campus in the Research Triangle Park offers creative work spaces for nearly 100 business and 500 employees. Frontier RTP is exploding in growth and has expanded from a single building to a campus offering the public free coworking space, wet labs, startup offices, and private offices. Not to mention daily events such as food trucks, happy hours, workout classes, seminars and networking events. There is something for everyone at Frontier RTP.

Main coworking space at Frontier RTP. A wide open space with various tables and chairs and other amenities.

Infrastructure and Accessibility

A wide aerial view of RTP with various facilities below.

Equal-distant from Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill

Minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport

Delta RDU
A large presentation with a seated crowd and a speaker distant at the front of the room. A videographer is quietly recording the presentation with a handheld video camera on a tripod.

Provides access to the more than 2 million people who live in the Triangle

Economic driver of the region with total employment of more than 50,000 full-time workers

A wide aerial view of RTP with various facilities and parking lots amongst trees and greenery.

RTP News

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