The North Carolina Economic Development Association (NCEDA) announced that Laura Tollini Rowley was honored Oct. 27 with its Emerging Leader of the Year Award. Rowley, a 2008 Furman University biology alumna, is director of life sciences economic development at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center based at Research Triangle Park.
The award recognizes her support of 30 life sciences recruitment and expansion initiatives having a projected growth of nearly 4,500 jobs and $2.5 billion capital investment.
“Laura’s extensive knowledge of science and biotechnology, combined with her drive for excellence and passion for developing strong relationships, has provided North Carolina a competitive advantage in growing life science jobs and investment,” said Bill Bullock, the Biotech Center’s senior vice president.
Rowley joined the Biotech Center in January 2017. In addition to her Furman bachelor’s degree, she holds a doctorate in genetics and molecular biology from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Learn more in an NCBiotech news release.