Gov. Bev Perdue announced today that Aerocrine Inc., a medical technology company, will locate its North American headquarters in Wake County. The company plans to create 45 jobs and invest $219,000 during the next three years in Morrisville. The project was made possible in part by a $50,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund.
"We have built a business climate where future-oriented industries, such as medical technology, can thrive in a global market," Gov. Perdue said. "And our past investments in education and job training have yielded a top-notch workforce that companies like Aerocrine can count on."
Aerocrine is a medical technology company focused on improving the treatment of patients with airway diseases like asthma. Measuring airway inflammation helps provide the physician with the means to evaluate an asthma patient's response to anti-inflammatory therapy. The founders of Aerocrine in Sweden were the first to identify nitric oxide (NO) as a marker of inflammation, which is the main cause of asthma. Aerocrine has taken this significant discovery from laboratory to listed company and is now established in some of the world's largest markets. The company markets two products globally, NIOX Flex and NIOX MINO, which are used to assist in the diagnosis and control of airways disease.
Salaries will vary by job function, but the average salary for the new positions will be $69,000, plus benefits. The average annual wage in Wake County is $44,980.