Formed in 1994, the North Carolina Biosciences Organization focuses primarily on legislative monitoring and lobbying activities at the state and federal level. At the state level, the Organization represents North Carolina 's bioscience industry at the North Carolina General Assembly and before state courts, regulatory agencies and executive branch policy leaders. At the national level, NCBIO works with the national Biotechnology Industry Organization to support appropriate federal policies and to keep members of North Carolina 's congressional delegation informed as to industry needs and priorities. Whenever possible, NCBIO collaborates with other nonprofit organizations and trade associations to strengthen the bioscience industry.
In recent years, the Organization has expanded its activities to provide member companies with increased opportunities for collaboration in areas outside the public policy arena. In 2002, NCBIO formed its first membership working group, now formally organized as the NCBIO Biomanufacturers Forum. The Forum focuses on issues of common interest, including regulation, employee certification and workforce training. More recently, NCBIO has established a new membership forum for Emerging Companies. The Organization is exploring similar initiatives for the pharmaceutical, agricultural and medical device sectors of its membership.