Pee Dee Center gears up to build state biotech industry

By Peter Kent

hands holding an opened seed podBiotechnology plays a critical role for increased agricultural productivity and opens up the possibility of improved crops for food, medicine, bio-energy and industrial materials. Business analysts estimate that the global market potential of agricultural biotechnology over the next ten years is $320 to $400 billion.

Laboratories and support facilities at the Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence are being retooled to support advanced plant materials research into new products and industrial processes.

The research facilities will accommodate scientists from both Clemson and industry to position the Florence area as a biotechnology center, attracting investment and employment to the region.

For information: George Askew, 864-656-2661,