Richard H. Dean Biomedical Research Building

The exterior of The Dean Building in Winston-Salem Innovation's Quarter.

The Innovation Quarter’s growing ecosystem is home to a slew of academic researchers, medical and science students, and educators. A range of biomedical and technology companies also make use of specialized scientific and laboratory space found in the Innovation Quarter.

Named for Richard H. Dean, one of the visionaries for what is now known as the Innovation Quarter, the Dean Building opened in 2006, containing about 180,000 square feet of office and laboratories. It’s also home to the Wet Lab LaunchPad, a project dedicated to providing early-stage start-ups with affordable lab space. An adjacent parking deck offers tenants and visitors easy access to the building. Home to Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and the Lipid Sciences Research Program, there’s no space currently available for non-university tenants.


391 Technology Way NE
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Leading a Global Transformation in Regenerative Medicine

Anthony Atala of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine speaks durning a presentation in Winston-Salem, NC.

From Treatments to Cures

Known as an international leader in translating scientific discovery into clinical therapies, the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) team of around 400 physicians pioneering the “next evolution of medical treatments.” WFIRM, chaired by Dr. Anthony Atala, MD, was the first team in the world to engineer laboratory-grown organs and successfully implant them into humans. Driven by the urgent needs of patients worldwide seeking cures, rather than treatments, to diseases, WFIRM has developed several foundational principles of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. 

Although located in the Innovation Quarter’s Richard H. Dean Biomedical Research Building, WFIRM has partnered with over 400 entities and institutions worldwide on significant initiatives in breakthrough regenerative medicine technologies. Not only is WFIRM working on engineering replacement tissues and organs, but our physicians and scientists are also dedicated to accelerating the availability of these treatments to patients through testing and comparing therapies for clinical trials and investigating ways to apply modern manufacturing principles to regenerative medicine.

Laboratory Space in the Innovation Quarter

The Innovation Quarter’s partnership with Wexford Science & Technology provides expertise in building lab space and offices designed specifically for scientific companies. If you’re interested in developing scientific space, contact Jill Peters from Innovation Quarter at +1.336.713.7154 or

Clinical Ink is a healthtech company located in the Innovation Quarter.

Where Healthtech Ideas Meet Opportunity

The iQ Healthtech Lab is a physical and virtual strategic partnership hub where ideas meet opportunities. We leverage unique, world-class intellectual anchors within the Innovation Quarter and seek to pair them with industry and commercial partners that have ideas to advance into the marketplace.