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Rooted in Research

As the largest employer in Winston-Salem with over 18,000 employees, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center sits at the epicenter of the city’s healthcare and life sciences sector. The healthcare industry is booming in Forsyth County thanks to an extensive network of local care providers, including Wake Forest and Novant Health. These medical centers offer expertise in more than 100 areas of medicine, including specialties in cancer treatment, pediatrics, neurology and more.

With excellent medical programs at Wake Forest’s School of Medicine, students are fast-tracked to successful careers in healthcare and related fields. The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine is an international leader in translating scientific discovery into clinical therapies. Its interdisciplinary team of about 400 researchers work to engineer replacement tissues and organs, and develop healing cell therapies. Cook Medical is an innovator in medical devices, working closely with physicians to develop new technologies to help improve the world’s healthcare systems. New innovators like Javara Research, focused on integrating clinical research within the healthcare ecosystem, and KeraNetics, the global leader in keratin medical products, are also thriving in Winston-Salem’s innovative ecosystem.

 

Home to more than 170 companies, the Innovation Quarter is one of the fastest-growing urban-based districts for innovation in the United States.

Facts & Rankings

13+

Companies

39,063

Employed in Forsyth County

19%

of Forsyth County Employment is in this industry family

(2020)

48%

of employment growth in the past 5 years

(Forsyth County 2015-2020)

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