David H. Murdock

David H. Murdock Research Institute Receives $50 Million Gift from David H. Murdock

May 08, 2013

The North Carolina Research Campus

For Immediate Release 

Phyllis Beaver
Marketing Director
NC Research Campus
(Durham, NC- May 8, 2013)-  David H. Murdock, the founder and visionary behind the David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI) located at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, announced a gift of $50 million to the DHMRI today in a standing-room only event held at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club, 3001 Cameron Blvd., Durham, NC. The gift will provide operational support for DHMRI over the next eight years.

Speakers at the announcement described the gift as transformational. They included Victor J. Dzau, MD, President and CEO, Duke University Health System; Thomas W. Ross, President, University of North Carolina; Steven Lommel, PhD, Interim President, David H. Murdock Research Institute and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research, NC State University; and Robert M. Califf, MD, Vice Chancellor for Clinical and Translational Research, Duke University Medical Center.

“In our world chronic diseases are rampant, and there is a great concern for getting healthcare products to the right people at the right time,” commented Califf. “No one has solved the problems. I can’t think of better people to do it with $50 million in operating capital.”

Murdock established the non-profit DHMRI to support the corporate and academic partners at the NCRC. The Institute offers a broad range of advanced and –omic technologies including a 950Mhz Bruker NMR, one of the largest in the world.

“Thank you Mr. Murdock, for your passion for human health, your philanthropy and capacity and vision to create the NCRC and the DHMRI as your perpetual tool to dramatically improve the lives of people in North Carolina and the world through improved health,” said Lommel. “The mission of the David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI) is to be the go-to provider of innovative research technologies to academic, government and industry scientists through advancements in human health, nutrition, and agriculture.  The DHMRI contributes to advancing human health, nutrition and agricultural research by supporting our NCRC campus partners, and by developing our own research that leverages the distinctive capabilities of our laboratories and the talents of our scientists.  The announcement of this gift of operational support to the Institute guarantees that we will successfully fulfill our mission.”

“We celebrate a momentous occasion today – sealing the potential that all of us have perceived for some time, and bringing the future more crisply into focus,” said Dzau. “David Murdock is a global citizen, with companies and homes across world.  Today, he singles out North Carolina as the place where collaborative research has a friend like him with the vision and resources he commands.  It is our job now to navigate the future with a new excitement and sense of urgency.  Duke and UNC may be arch rivals on the basketball court, but we are allies in research and medicine. Together, we have a faculty twice as innovative as either institution boasts alone.”

Both Dzau and Ross mentioned examples of scientific breakthroughs that have resulted from the collaborative research at the NCRC and DHMRI including:

  • The MURDOCK Study and DTMI enrolling over 9,000 members of the Kannapolis community who have contributed over 300,000 biological samples to scientific research.
  • NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute developing the use of herbal oils to fight pathogens like Listeria on organic fruits and vegetables.
  • UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute receiving over $26 million in grants to research chronic diseases like obesity and to develop strategies for personalized nutrition.
  • NC A&T and NC Central universities collaborating on the discovery that compounds in ginger can treat anemia caused by chemotherapy and renal disease.
  • Appalachian State University’s expertise in nutrition and exercise immunology.

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