Research Campus, Holiday Inn team up for study

April 03, 2014

The Independent Tribune

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – The North Carolina Research Campus and the Holiday Inn Express and Suites – Kannapolis have formed an educational partnership to support what NCRC officials call a groundbreaking scientific and educational collaboration.

The Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (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, according to information provided by NCRC officials. 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.

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

“We are proud to partner with the NCRC and the P2EP project to support the great research that takes place on a daily basis” Jennifer Merritt, General Manager of the Holiday Inn Express  Suites – Kannapolis, said in a statement.  “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!”

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

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