JUNE 2014

Bent Creek Insitute Inc. awarded Presidential Initiative Award from North Carolina Biotechnology Center

Bent Creek Institute is proud to announce a grant award for their "Advancing WNC Natural Products Manufacturing and Export" initiative


MAY 2014

Natural Products Industry taking root in Western North Carolina....

A new industry has taken root in the mountains with manufacturers making herbal remedies, soaps, salves and dietary supplements while farmers are finding new cash crops in native plants.

 JULY 2012

"Economically Motivated Integrity" editorial by Bent Creek Institute's President Greg Cumberford appears in Natural Products Industry Insider on-line...

 BCI, Inc. and BCGR featured in NewHope Media article on North Carolina's medicinal plant economy...


Translating Research Innovations into Sustainable Economic Advantage


The Bent Creek Institute (BCI) champions, catalyzes, facilitates and coordinates research, business development and market opportunities for North Carolina specialty crop growers and botanical medicine developers and processors.

Combining traditional knowledge of medicinal plants with validated science, Bent Creek develops new intellectual property leading to proprietary products for new business creation, existing business expansion and improved profitability, and the attraction and site location of natural product and botanical medicine manufacturing companies.

BCI is forming productive partnerships, collaborations, and programs in research, economic development, medical care, product development and commercialization, conservation, marketing, and public outreach to bring international attention to the region’s unparalleled plant biodiversity, exceptional reputation for health and wellness, and cultural distinctiveness.

The NC Arboretum Germplasm Repository laboratory discovers, develops and validates natural medicines and integrative strategies for human health and wellness. The NC Arboretum Germplasm Repository serves to conserve native medicinal germplasm through research, collaborative projects, database development and resulting publications..