In North Carolina we are doing great things to continue our growth as one of the leaders in biotech research. Those on the right would like to forget that without the RTP we would have the economy of South Carolina or Georgia. Without the RTP we would be dependent entirely on farms instead of pharms.
I plan on writing much more about farms (good things), but for now will focus on Pharms and biotech in NC.
If your economy thrives on biotech, then you have to compete to get the startups here. It was the large pharms that moved early in the RTP history that provided the necessary economic boost, the Glaxo's and such. But, it is the smaller businesses that provide new technologies and cutting-edge discoveries. While big pharm is the roots of the RTP, these companies are the leaves, churning with energy production.
Which, leads to this plan.
The state is accepting applications for One North Carolina Small Business Fund matching grants for fiscal 2006-07, which runs through June.
The grants help small businesses fund research and develop technology in an effort to bring cutting-edge products to the marketplace.
"These grants enable North Carolina's small businesses to conduct the research and technology development that will generate the kinds of innovation critical to the future growth of our state's economy," N.C. Gov. Mike Easley says. "The One North Carolina Small Business Fund helps further North Carolina's position as the nation's top entrepreneurial state and as a leader in the global marketplace."
The radical right would like to do away with programs like this because they believe that big pharm would be altruistic enough to do the research themselves. Yeah, that is why we are in an antibiotic crisis, altruism. It is also driving all those new low-cost drugs we see....oh wait, there are no new low-cost drugs.
Once again, the Republicans in this state would rather we be mediocre than great. Here is an area that we lead in, and they want us to step back and become mediocre. I'm sick of mediocrity in North Carolina, I'm ready for some excellence.