WINSTON-Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue sees a bright future for the Triad as a home to biotechnology.

“This Biotechnology Center office has tremendous implications for not only this area but for the entire state,” Perdue said Monday as the first satellite office of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center was dedicated. It is located in the Piedmont Triad Research Park.

“I believe this (Triad area) will become the star in the biotechnology crown for North Carolina,” Perdue told a crowd of state, local Wake Forest University officials and representatives from the private sector.

The purpose of the center is to help promote and develop biotechnology and related industries in and around Winston-Salem, Greensboro and High Point. It also is the first of four such centers planned by the NC Biotech Center as part of a coordinated effort to expand North Carolina’s biotech sector. One will be opened in Charlotte. Others will be opened in Western and Eastern NC.

The Triad already is the location for four biotech companies employing some 7,000 people.

A full-time director for the office and an assistant will be hired in the near future, the NC Biotech center said.

“The Biotechnology Center is committed to developing biotechnology in all areas of the state, and this new office will help us do that for the Piedmont Triad,” said Leslie Alexandre, president and chief executive officer of the Biotechnology Center, in a statement. “The Triad has outstanding capabilities in biotechnology, and we want to help translate them into business growth and new jobs.”

Some 200 people attended the dedication, according to the NC Biotech Center.

Cost of the office is being underwritten through $25,000 provided by the NC Biotech Center and $200,000 over two years from Wake Forest University Health Services. The Biotech Center is seeking additional funding support from the NC General Assembly.

Office space was provided by Wake Forest University. Forsyth Technical Community College is donating hardware, and WinstonNet is providing high-speed Internet access.

A number of organizations, including Wake Forest University, the Idealliance and other groups, are the primary driving forces behind the creation and launch of the Piedmont Triad Research Park.

NC Biotech Center: www.ncbiotech.org