The North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis is a 350-acre research center located just north of Charlotte, NC. Corporations, universities and healthcare organizations have forged a public-private partnership that is transforming science at the intersection of human health, nutrition and agriculture by:
Advancing the boundaries of research and development
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 personalized nutrition. Research is supported by the UNC Charlotte Bioinformatics Services Division and the David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI), which houses one of the most advanced collections of scientific instrumentation in genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, microscopy and NMR.
Addressing human disease through new approaches to prevention and treatment
Novel approaches to prevent and treat disease are emanating from the research centers at the NC Research Campus. 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.
Educating the next generation of scientists and medical professionals
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, masters and doctoral-level students in fields like plant genetics and bioinformatics.
Driving the local economy
Beyond a research center, the NC Research Campus is an economic driver creating close to 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. NC Research Campus Founder David H. Murdock, CEO and owner of both Dole Foods and Castle & Cooke, Inc., partnered with the state of North Carolina and personally invested $650 million to develop the campus on the 350-acre site of a former textile mill. Murdock donated land to the city to build a municipal center on campus further reinforcing that the NC Research Campus is a center of science and community.