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By Rick Armstrong, WRAL photojournalist.

A new academic and industrial partnership has a new strategy to fight deadly viruses. A new lab at NC State University plays a big role.

Out of the pandemic, the bio-pharmaceutical world is going through a major change and it’s all hinged on the promise of “viral vectors.”

“Viral vectors treats and defeats deadly viruses,” said Ph.D Stefano Menegatti with NC State University’s chemical and biomolecular engineering.

The new lab at NC State University was created to manufacture new gene therapies and viral vectors, which are tools that get genetic material into cells.

Watch WRAL’s coverage.