Because of its strong heritage in improving public health, The Hamner has taken a leading role in linking together translational research programs across North Carolina and globally. 

Within North Carolina, The Hamner has emerged as a hub for regional resources in the biosciences.  The Hamner has forged strong collaborations with area universities such as Duke University, NC State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, linking researchers from academia with government and industry partners, and providing technical and business development expertise.  Furthermore, the Hamner has made a commitment to educational outreach through its participating in NC Project SEED, a statewide, year-round science enrichment program for disadvantaged North Carolina high school students.

The Hamner is also poised to provide global leadership in support of innovative translational research, rapid technology development, and chemical and drug safety.  Through partnerships with Asia and Europe, The Hamner is able to connect cutting-edge programs and research to enable the next generation of bioscience technologies.  Through the Hamner-China Biosciences Center, new opportunities for NC-China partnerships are forged.  These collaborations are focused on producing new biomedical technologies that benefit the United States, China, and the rest of the world.  The Hamner has also partnered with the Oslo Cancer Cluster, which will enable companies and comprehensive cancer centers to fast-track development of new therapies in oncology.  Both partnerships are key components of The Hamner’s broader Global Biosciences Gateway for Translational Research and Business Development.  The Global Gateway will spur innovation by providing business and technology development support, education and training, and research infrastructure to enable global partners to commercialize products for the U.S. market, and for U.S. companies to launch products overseas. The Hamner Accelerator will facilitate the growth of Chinese and Norwegian bioscience companies by providing a headquarters for U.S. operations on The Hamner Campus.  As the Hamner Campus and Global Biosciences Gateway grow, they will serve as a catalyst for technology development and exchange between North Carolina, the U.S., and global bioscience partners.

Finally, through new partnerships with QPS and Mispro Biotech Services, The Hamner is continually complementing its systems biology and safety sciences platform with strategic partners aimed at strengthening collaborative resources in the region.