The Right Place to Innovate

Wake Forest Innovation Quarter is the new hub for innovation in biomedical science, information technology, digital media, clinical services and advanced materials.

Set in Winston-Salem, NC, you’ll find the Innovation Quarter a vibrant community of business and academia – developing products and services that hold hope of improving quality of life through discoveries and innovations.

Within the Innovation Quarter are people committed to, and passionate about, their work and the promise of a prosperous and healthy tomorrow.

The Innovation Quarter is a growing urban community of unique research facilities with open space plans designed to encourage creativity and collaboration. You can have a world class, custom-built research facility, wet labs, dry labs, Class A office space, the latest technologies for conferencing and the expertise to help you plan for your needs. And we’re dedicated to helping you grow once you come.

Among the highlights:

  • Patented university technologies available for licensing
  • Cost-effective scientific services
  • An advanced telecommunications structure, with a fiber optic ring running throughout
  • Venture capital opportunities, with many top venture capital firms in North Carolina within a 75-mile radius
  • Business incubation, capacity planning, entrepreneurial counseling and training

The Innovation Quarter is the result of a public-private partnership that began over 20 years ago with the vision of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to expand and grow the ideas, products and services of its researchers and physicians. That partnership created a collaborative area—a place that would have room for private businesses as well as education institutions such as Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem State University, Salem College, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Forsyth Technical Community College. As such, the Innovation Quarter is a place of learning, growing and teaching.

The array of resources available through Wake Forest Baptist and the other institutions allows for specialized training, which makes the Innovation Quarter attractive to businesses relocating or those that simply want to send employees for training.

The Innovation Quarter has grown to include businesses with products and services that reach into an ever-expanding world of technology—from software to biomedical science to communications.

This expanding scope has helped make the Innovation Quarter one of the fastest-growing hubs for innovation in biomedical science and information technology in the United States. It also has helped drive growth in these areas in North Carolina as a whole. A report released in January 2013 by the Battelle Technology Partnership Practice shows that North Carolina—with 23.5 percent job growth since 2001—has the best job growth nationwide among the 10 largest bioscience employer states.

As a mixed-use development on the eastern side of downtown Winston-Salem, the Innovation Quarter is working with neighbors such as the Goler Community Development Corp., to revitalize an area that had been home to manufacturers long departed.

The location in the Piedmont Triad gives businesses access to some of the brightest minds in North Carolina, a place that has earned national recognition for its high-tech success and low cost of living. Within easy reach of North Carolina’s pristine beaches and majestic mountains, not to mention the rapidly expanding entertainment and artistic choices within walking distance, the Innovation Quarter is a great place to Work, Live, Learn and Play.