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    Institutions Represented
  • Students in lab at Wake Forest School of Medicine
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    1,800+

    Degree-Seeking Students
  • Work space at Innovation Quarter
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    28

    Institutional Departments
  • Medical students on Match Day
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    1,100+

    Post-Graduate Degree Students

Wake Forest School of Medicine

A leader in medical discovery and education

Serving close to 1,900 students and fellows, Wake Forest School of Medicine is a national leader in medical education. In addition to being the 16th largest teaching hospital in the United States, the School of Medicine also promotes clinical and basic research, focusing on areas such as regenerative medicine and cancer.

The School of Medicine uses state-of-the-art technologies and an experiential curriculum that simulates real clinical events in inpatient and outpatient settings to train medical doctors, nurses and physician assistants. The School of Medicine also provides residencies and fellowships in more than 60 disciplines. The Innovation Quarter is home to an array of programs, centers, departments and institutions of the School of Medicine including:

Wake Downtown

Wake Forest University planted downtown

Wake Downtown is an undergraduate campus of Wake Forest University dedicated to teaching biomedical sciences and engineering, while interacting with researchers and innovators in the Innovation Quarter.

Wake Downtown programs bridge the undergraduate and graduate studies and focuses on providing a liberal arts education in an entrepreneurial environment. These programs are located in a historic building adjacent to the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education. Proximity allows Wake Downtown to interact with the faculty and research conducted at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

Programs at Wake Downtown include:

Winston-Salem State University

Promoting minority involvement in scientific research

The Biomedical Research Infrastructure Center (BRIC) of Winston-Salem State University is an interdisciplinary research center that focuses on innovative biomedical/behavioral research programs aimed at eliminating health disparities as they relate to cardiovascular diseases, HIV/AIDS, drug addiction, cancer, diabetes, obesity and the neurobiology of hypertension. Supported by the National Institutes of Health, the center serves as a major point of entry for underrepresented scientists in biomedical research. The center explores partnership and business development opportunities from the neighboring biomedical science companies in the Innovation Quarter.

Forsyth Technical Community College

Developing a stronger workforce and entrepreneurial ecosystem

Forsyth Tech @ Innovation Quarter draws more than 8,000 students and trainees to downtown each year. Programs promote the development of the biotechnology workforce through the largest biotech program of any community college in the state and the only two-year nanotechnology program in the Southeast. Forsyth Tech provides support and training for small business entrepreneurs through workshops, seminars, individual counseling, and a resource library that serve business owners and entrepreneurs. In addition, Forsyth Tech partners with local businesses to provide corporate training.

Forsyth Tech @ Innovation Quarter features:

  • J. Reynolds Corporate Training Center
  • Southern Community Small Business Center
  • Wells Fargo Nanotechnology Program
  • BB&T Biotechnology Program
  • BioNetwork Pharmaceutical Center

Center for Design Innovation

Developing a collaborative design research community

The Center for Design Innovation (CDI) is a multi-campus research center within the state-wide University of North Carolina system. Led in partnership by Winston-Salem State University, UNC School of the Arts and Forsyth Technical Community College, CDI supports the discovery economy of Winston-Salem and North Carolina through promotion of projects at the intersection of creativity, design thinking and advanced technology research. Using its 24,000-square-foot facility with laboratory, classroom and meeting space, CDI helps transform ideas by bringing together novel collaborators and research in areas such as innovative education, just and sustainable communities, and the intersection of art and science.