Center for Design Innovation

The Center for Design Innovation is a multi-campus research center within the state-wide University of North Carolina system. Their goal is to catalyze economic transformation of the state’s Piedmont area through design-focused activity based on advanced digital technologies.

Forsyth Tech at Innovation Quarter

The Forsyth Technical Community College facility in the Innovation Quarter draws more than 1,200 students and trainees to downtown each year. The location includes the R.J. Reynolds Corporate Training Center, which supports the school’s corporate training partnership programs and provides services for Innovation Quarter tenants; the Southern Community Small Business Center, which offers workshops, seminars, individual counseling, and a resource library for business owners and entrepreneurs; lab facilities for the school’s Wells Fargo Nanotechnology Program, the only two-year nanotechnology program offered throughout the Southeast, and the BB&T Biotechnology Program, the largest biotech program of any community college in the state; and offices for BioNetwork, the statewide biotechnology work force initiative run by the N.C. Community College System.

Wake Downtown

Wake Downtown, housed in a renovated tobacco factory within Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, is an undergraduate campus of Wake Forest University offering academic programs in engineering, biochemistry and molecular biology, and medicinal chemistry and drug discovery. Adjacent to the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education, Wake Downtown offers students a unique opportunity to interact with the faculty and research conducted at Wake Forest School of Medicine. By 2021, nearly 350 undergraduates are expected to be enrolled in programs at Wake Downtown.

BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Jointly administered by the Chemistry and Biology departments, this interdisciplinary degree enables students to develop both a conceptual understanding and practical skills to address complex biological, biochemical and biomedical challenges.

Concentration in Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery

Developed as a concentration within the Chemistry major, students focus on health-related fields, biomedical sciences and pharmacology. Students graduating from this program will receive a bachelor of science degree certified by the American Chemical Society.

BS in Engineering

Set in a liberal arts environment, the engineering major infuses design and teamwork, with a bent toward entrepreneurship. Optional emphases in biomedical and materials engineering are also offered.

Wake Forest School of Medicine

From its first tenant, Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, the Innovation Quarter has been a leading center for discovery. It has become home to many scientists and researchers from Wake Forest School of Medicine and Wake Forest University.

Biochemistry and Structural Biology

The Biochemistry and Structural Biology programs featured here are: Proteins: Structure, Function and Genetics; Lipids Involved in Signal Transduction; and Lipid: Protein Interactions, Cancer and the Molecular Basis of Disease.

Bioethics Graduate Program

Wake Forest University’s Graduate Program in Bioethics and the Center for Bioethics, Health & Society provide bioethics resources for students, faculty, staff and the broader community.  The Graduate Program provides an educational opportunity in bioethics for both current and future professionals and others throughout the country, including health care providers, researchers in biomedicine and the life sciences, lawyers, and professionals in religion, health and research administration, and the biotechnology industry. 

Read a profile of the Bioethics Program

Biomedical Engineering

The Department of Biomedical Engineering is a department within a medical school and part of a clinical division whose research and educational programs reside within the Virginia Tech–Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences. This unique position provides faculty and students on the Wake Forest and Virginia Tech campuses with a rich environment that encourages engineering research focused on relevant clinical and biomedical problems.

Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma

The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma helps injured kids get the best care, when they need it the most. Life-threatening injury is the No. 1 killer of kids in America causing nearly 10,000 deaths each year – more than all other causes combined. The Childress Institute invests resources in research, education and awareness to improve the treatment for critically injured children in the U.S. The Childress Institute was founded at and receives considerable support from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and was established through the generosity of Richard and Judy Childress. For more information, please visit

Downtown Health Plaza

The Downtown Health Plaza, an outpatient clinic of Wake Forest Baptist Health, is designed to meet the needs of a growing, increasingly diverse population. The 47,600-square-foot medical facility, located at 1200 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Winston-Salem, serves all Forsyth County residents and surrounding communities. A tremendous community resource, it provides access to care not available to many otherwise.

Lipid Sciences Research

The Lipid Sciences Research Program at Wake Forest School of Medicine is one of the largest and longest-running research activities integrating basic and clinical investigation at the school. The research consists of cutting-edge genetic, molecular and nutritional research into the causes and prevention of epidemic diseases. A major focus is to find interventions that will help prevent heart disease; asthma, diabetes and obesity are targets as well. The program includes a longstanding NIH-funded program project grant in lipoprotein research as well as the Botanicals Research Center. It also is the home of the School of Medicine’s Transgenic Mouse Core facility.

Microbiology and Immunology

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Wake Forest School of Medicine has two major missions: research and teaching. The teaching mission involves training PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, as well as providing courses in immunology and microbiology to medical students.

Nurse Anesthesia Program

Established in 1942, Wake Forest Baptist Health’s Nurse Anesthesia Program began as one of the professional schools of The North Carolina Baptist Hospital (NCBH) and the Bowman Gray School of Medicine. Since then, Wake Forest Baptist Health has served as the program’s sponsor and the major clinical facility for clinical education of our students. The program has been highly regarded for an exceptional quality of graduates, as well as for housing faculty of outstanding achievement and recognition, nationally and internationally.

Learn about the Nurse Anesthesia program moving to the Innovation Quarter

Physician Assistant Program

The Physician Assistant Program at Wake Forest School of Medicine is a graduate level program that has a unique history of curricular innovation using clinical problem-based learning strategies that emphasize a small-group approach to learning. Graduates of the program complete a 24-month course of study and are awarded a Master of Medical Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies. One class of 48 students is enrolled in early June every year.

Physicians and Community

Physician and Community manages its access center and service response center in the Innovation Quarter.

Physiology & Pharmacology

The Department of Physiology & Pharmacology at Wake Forest School of Medicine is dedicated to excellence in the education and training of medical students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and the pursuit of excellence in research. The primary research expertise includes cardiovascular, aging, drug abuse, alcohol abuse and neuropsychiatric disorders.

Public Health Sciences

The Division of Public Health Sciences at Wake Forest School of Medicine identifies strategies to enhance public health and prevent disease. The division is a group of public health-oriented faculty and staff whose activities focus on developing better strategies for maintaining the health of the entire community.

Wake Forest Innovations

Wake Forest Innovations is the new commercialization enterprise of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, launched in the Fall of 2012 to establish and manage new business and partnerships based on innovative products and services arising from ideas, discoveries, and the scientific research assets of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Wake Forest Innovation Quarter

Wake Forest Innovation Quarter is responsible for planning, implementation, development and operations at the Innovation Quarter. Its purpose is to create a place where people are inspired to work, want to live, have an opportunity to learn and are able to play.

Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine

The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine is an international leader in the translation of scientific discovery to clinical therapies. The Institute applies the principles of regenerative medicine to treat human diseases and disabilities. Institute scientists have successfully engineered multiple types of human tissues. Work at the Institute already has led to several startups now operating in Innovation Quarter.

Winston-Salem State University

WSSU Biomedical Research Infrastructure Center

The Biomedical Research Infrastructure Center 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 the biomedical research, providing a positive impact on faculty and students of WSSU. The center explores partnership and business development opportunities from the neighboring biomedical science companies at the Innovation Quarter.