The Research Triangle Park

The future of great ideas

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One of the oldest and largest science parks in North America, The Research Triangle Park (RTP) is a 7,000 acre development that is home to more than 170 companies employing over 39,000 full-time knowledge workers. Located at the core of the Raleigh-Durham-Cary CSA (Combined Statistical Area), RTP is a globally prominent high-technology research and development center that serves as an economic driver for the region.

RTP is home to a broad spectrum of companies -- from Fortune 100 multinational research and development operations, to university spin-outs and start-up operations. In addition, a number of U.S. federal agencies have a presence in the Park.

Of the several hundred research and science parks operating in the United States today, RTP is the oldest continuously operating one, ranked among the largest and successfully growing parks globally.

RTP has been and continues to be a model for innovation, education, and economic development that has been applied around the world. It is home to winners of the Nobel and Pulitzer prizes, as well as recipients of the U.S. Presidential Award and National Science Foundation Awards. Some of the most profound discoveries of recent have been influenced by scientists and researchers working in RTP, including the invention of the Universal Product Code (UPC) and 3D ultrasound technology.

Top Employers 

  • IBM
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Cisco
  • Fidelity Investments
  • RTI International
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • NetApp
  • Biogen Idec
  • Credit Suisse
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
  • BASF Corporation
  • Bayer CropScience
  • EMC Corporation
  • Grifols Inc.
  • FujiFilm Dionsynth Biotechnologies
  • Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc.

[Source: Data as of January 2013. Information provided by individual companies for 2013 RTP Company Directory.]