For Immediate Release
North Carolina Research Campus
(NC Research Campus, Kannapolis, NC- November 16, 2012)- Officials from the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis are constructing ready-to-go lab space in the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory building. The 1,500-square-foot wet laboratory is the first pre-built, flexible lab space to be constructed at the NCRC since the campus opened four years ago.
"We have experienced a significant increase in the number of inquiries regarding ready-to-go lab space," said Clyde Higgs, NCRC vice president of Business Development. “The spec space incorporates a level of flexibility and affordability that will increase the attractiveness of the campus and meet the needs of both small and large companies that find the campus a good fit for their business.”
The ready-to-go lab will be available in February 2013 and will accommodate one to three companies. Space includes administrative areas, bench tops, fume hoods, sinks and storage. Located on the third floor of the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory building, companies will have direct access to the David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI) and UNC Charlotte Bioinformatics Research Services Division. DHMRI is home to six laboratories specializing in genomics, metabolomics, proteomics, analytical sciences and advanced instrumentation such as a Bruker 950 MHz NMR spectrometer.
The construction of the ready-to-go lab is a continuing sign of growth at the 350-acre, public-private campus. In May, construction began on a 60,000-square-foot medical office facility anchored by Carolinas Healthcare System, the Charlotte area’s largest healthcare network of hospitals, physicians and healthcare services. The building is scheduled to open in the fall of 2013 and is currently leasing. Cabarrus Health Alliance, the health department for Cabarrus County, NC and surrounding areas, opened a new 65,000 square-foot headquarters adjacent to the campus in April. NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute opened three greenhouse facilities near the NCRC in August of this year.
The NCRC currently has over a million square feet of lab and office space under management in Kannapolis that encompasses five buildings and the research power of nine world-renowned universities and colleges in North Carolina. In addition to the university presence, the NCRC also houses General Mills, Sensory Spectrum, Monsanto, LabCorp, Dole Foods, Inc. and Crown Bio. This mission of the NCRC is to improve human health through transformational research at the intersection of agriculture, nutrition and human health.
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