The North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC, is a 350-acre research center located just north of Charlotte, NC. The campus is a scientific community that collaboratively works to empower human health through nutrition. Eight universities, the David H. Murdock Research Institute, companies and entrepreneurs focus research and development on safer, more nutritious crops, healthier foods and precision nutrition.
Research and product development are collaborative and multi-disciplinary. Focus areas are as varied as phytochemicals in fruits, vegetables, grains and herbs; exercise physiology; post-harvest physiology; population-based, genetic studies; and precision nutrition. The growing base of scientific knowledge combines new understandings of how nutrients, plant phytochemicals, the environment and lifestyle choices impact brain and fetal development, cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, fatty liver and other metabolic disorders.
An emerging manufacturing and product development core is focused on research into plant-based ingredients and new processing methods and packaging possibilities. In 2019, a new NC Food Innovation Lab will open on campus that will serve the state by keeping commodities grown in North Carolina in the state for processing.
Education is a cornerstone of the campus. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College offers two-year degrees in biotechnology and nursing in their training center that is walking distance from all of the campus’ research centers. The Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP) is a one-of-a-kind, collaborative program that combines the expertise of leading scientists with the campus’ university and corporate partners to train undergraduate and doctoral-level students in fields like plant genetics and bioinformatics.
Beyond a research center, the NC Research Campus is an economic driver creating over a 1,000 jobs and playing a critical role in the development of the city of Kannapolis and the Charlotte-area’s growing life science sector.