Dr. Charles Hamner, one of the pioneers in building North Carolina’s biotechnology industry into one of the largest in the country, will receive the North Carolina Award.

Hamner, the retired longtime leader of the NC Biotechnology Center, and five other people will be honored with the state’s top award on Nov. 10. He left the Center in 2002.

“I am truly honored to receive the North Carolina Award for Public Service,” said Dr. Hamner in a statement. “The state of North Carolina has embraced the life sciences and biotechnology fields, and the innovation seen today is creating a legacy for our future.”

North Carolina has the third largest biotech cluster in the U.S.

Hamner currently is chairman of The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences in RTP.

“Each year, the North Carolina Awards are a chance for us to honor men and women who reflect the very best in imagination, exploration, creativity, and humanitarian service,” said N.C. Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Linda A. Carlisle. “Dr. Hamner has met and surpassed all of those requirements and is most deserving of this achievement.”

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