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NCRC, Holiday Inn Express Form Educational Partnership for P2EP

April 02, 2014

NC Research Campus

Clyde Higgs
Vice President of Business Development
NC Research Campus


Adam Parchert
Social Media Manager
Associated Hotels LLC
Office: 1-312-782-9050
Cell: 1-224-587-5889


(NC Research Campus, Kannapolis, NC. April 2, 2014)- The NC Research Campus (NCRC) and the Holiday Inn Express & Suites- Kannapolis have formed an educational partnership to support the Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP), a groundbreaking scientific and educational collaboration.

As a member of the NCRC’s preferred partners program, Holiday Inn Express, located off of I-85 at Exit 60 in Kannapolis/Concord, is sponsoring a scholarship for a student to take part in P2EP, and offering a special rate to companies or individuals who mention the NCRC when booking. Each room night reserved through the NCRC collaboration will return a portion of each reservation to support P2EP.

P2EP engages college students from across North Carolina to work with university scientists and industry leaders to map plant pathways in food crops like blueberries, broccoli, oats and strawberries. The goals are to better understand how compounds beneficial to human health form in plants and to create a bioinformatic knowledge base while providing training for the next generation of scientists.

“We are proud to partner with the NCRC and the P2EP project to support the great research that takes place an a daily basis” said Jennifer Merritt, General Manager of the Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Kannapolis.  “Our hotel looks forward to welcoming travelers to the Kannapolis/Concord area and the related support of the P2EP program.  It’s a Win/Win!”

The NCRC offers the preferred partner program to local businesses as way for them to support the campus and reach the campus’19 partners and their employees. Jobs associated with the campus are approaching 1,000.

“Even though the research discoveries of the NCRC are recognized worldwide, community partnerships are still a critical part of our mission,” said Clyde Higgs, the NCRC’s vice president of business development. “The partnership with Holiday Inn Express & Suites- Kannapolis is a first-of-its-kind community partnership that is contributing directly to the research and educational efforts at the NCRC.”

NCRC and Holiday Inn Express & Suites will also be launching a joint social media campaign to promote good health and the discoveries being made at the NCRC.
About the NC Research Campus

The North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis is a 350-acre research center located just north of Charlotte, NC. The partnering corporations, universities and healthcare organizations apply some of the most advanced instrumentation in the world to explore the interplay between genetics, nutrition, environmental factors and lifestyle choices and to generate new approaches to the prevention and treatment of diseases like cancer, obesity, diabetes and heart disease. For more information, visit
About Holiday Inn Express- Kannapolis

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites is located off of I-85 at Exit 60 in Kannapolis/Concord and is the closest Preferred Hotel partner to the campus.  In addition to clean and comfortable rooms, the hotel offers an indoor pool, fitness center and the Express Start® Breakfast Buffet.  For more information, visit



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