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Duke to Expand Footprint in Kannapolis

January 27, 2015


Clyde Higgs
Vice President of Business Development

Emily Ford
Communications Specialist


Kannapolis, N.C.  — Officials from the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) formally announced today that Duke University is expanding its presence at their site.  Duke originally opened an office there in 2008 to manage the MURDOCK STUDY, a program that promises to technologically identify linkages across major diseases and disorders in order to defeat some of today’s leading causes of illness and death. M.U.R.D.O.C.K stands for the Measurement to Understand the Reclassification of Disease of Cabarrus/Kannapolis.

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NCRC Medical Plaza, where Duke is expanding to facilitate collaboration with partners like Google.

The Duke University office expansion will be located in the Medical Office Building facility at the research campus and will include 5,000 square feet of flexible office space with four exam rooms. The anticipated move in date is July 2015.  Carolinas Healthcare System is the anchor tenant in the 60,000 square foot office building.

Duke University’s MURDOCK Study team has built an extensive infrastructure for population health research and recruited more than 11,100 people to join the $35 million study operated by the Duke Translational Medicine Institute, or DTMI, at the North Carolina Research Campus. Duke now has 36 full-time employees working on the MURDOCK Study, and the university’s expansion at the NCRC will better accommodate the growing staff and research portfolio.

“We are excited to expand our presence in Kannapolis and move our clinical operations into the Medical Office Building, which will give us some much-needed breathing room,” said Ashley Dunham, PhD, director of operations for population health initiatives at DTMI who helped build the MURDOCK Study. “Our data team, business development folks and most of our administrative staff will remain at 147 West Avenue in downtown Kannapolis, our home since 2008.”

About the NC Research Campus
The Campus is a public-private partnership on 350-acres in Kannapolis (Charlotte); it combines the research power of nine world-renowned universities and colleges, as well as the DHMRI in a single campus setting. In addition to Duke University, other companies that have a presence today at the Campus include Monsanto, LabCorp, Dole Food Inc, Crown BIO, Carolinas Medical Center, Cabarrus Health Alliance and Sensory Spectrum. This mission of the Campus is to improve the human health, by transformational research at the intersection of agriculture, nutrition, and human health.

About Duke University
Duke University has nearly 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Its graduate and professional schools — in business, divinity, engineering, the environ­ment, law, medicine, nursing and public policy — are among the leaders in their fields. Duke’s home campus is situated on nearly 9,000 acres in Durham, N.C. Duke also is active internationally through the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore, Duke Kunshan University in China and numerous research and education programs across the globe.

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