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David H. Murdock Announces Endowment for DHMRI

September 30, 2014

For Immediate Release

(Kannapolis, NC- September 30, 2014) David H. Murdock, founder of the NC Research Campus, chairman, CEO and owner of Castle & Cooke, Inc. and owner of Dole Food Company, Inc., is holding a press conference Murdock-webtoday at 10 am at the David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI), 150 Research Campus Drive, Kannapolis, to announce an ongoing endowment in perpetuity for the operational support and advancement of research programs at DHMRI.

The multi-million dollar, annual commitment will also supply funds to attract additional scientific talent to the DHMRI. “We will be interviewing and hiring a highly qualified thought leader for the David H. Murdock Research Institute who might one day be capable of becoming a Nobel Laureate and whose scientific research will drive the Institute to new discoveries and innovation,” Murdock said.

In 2013, Murdock announced a $50 million gift to the DHMRI over an eight-year timeframe. The gift has helped with operational expenses such as updating equipment in the genomics, metabolomics, proteomics and in vitro sciences laboratories as well as funding the initial work of developing independent research programs in diabetes, metabolomics and cardiovascular disease.

Murdock‘s passion for nutrition and wellness remains his top personal priority.  “I am committing these resources to provide our scientists the opportunity to study the benefits of diets rich in fruits and vegetables and the effects of good nutrition and lifestyle on longevity and health,” Murdock added. “The David H. Murdock Research Institute will provide the innovation and technological advancements that will allow for groundbreaking science to improve the health of North Carolina and potentially the world.”

About the David H. Murdock Research Institute

Murdock established the not-for-profit David H. Murdock Research Institute as the core laboratory facility for the NCRC. The Institute offers a broad range of advanced technologies to campus partners and corporate, academic, non-profit and government collaborators around the world. DHMRI is the flagship institute of the NCRC, which was founded by Murdock in 2005. The NCRC is home to 20 academic, industry, technology and healthcare partners all focused on research advancing human health, nutrition and agriculture. Murdock’s personal investment in the campus exceeds $800 million. For more information, visit and

Phyllis Beaver
Marketing Director
NC Research Campus

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