Community Partners

Atrium Health

Atrium Health (formerly Carolinas HealthCare System) is the largest healthcare system in the Carolinas, and one of the largest publicly owned systems in the nation. At the NC Research Campus in the NCRC Medical Plaza,  Atrium Health features Kannapolis Internal Medicine and a state-of-the-art imaging center that offers ultrasound, x-ray, MRI and CT scans.

Located on Wellness Way near Dale Earnhardt Boulevard, the NCRC Medical Plaza also houses the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute, a leader in population health studies.  The Medical Plaza is near the headquarters of Cabarrus Health Alliance. Together, they anchor the NCRC’s medical corridor.

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Cabarrus Health Alliance

The Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA), the health department serving Cabarrus County, brings nationally recognized leadership and expertise in public health to the the NC Research Campus. CHA is one of the only nationally certified public health departments in the country.

The location of the CHA headquarters at the gateway to the campus is part of that plan and was made possible by the support of David H. Murdock, NC Research Campus founder, the city of Kannapolis, and state and national leaders.

City of Kannapolis

The NC Research Campus is not only a center of science but a center of the community. The campus is located in the heart of the City's revitalized downtown. 

The Kannapolis City Hall Police Headquarters stands opposite the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory building. The 100,000 square-foot facility consolidates administrative offices for all city departments and includes a police headquarters, and City Council chambers.

The city hall is also home to the Laureate Center. The 5,300 square-foot meeting and conference space can be subdivided into three areas and can accommodate 260 people for a banquet or 450 people for classroom-style meetings.
 
If you would like to rent The Laureate Center visit www.kannapolisnc.gov.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College location on the North Carolina Research Campus consists of two buildings that function as a hands-on, realistic training environment for the College’s health, science, and engineering programs.

The Rowan-Cabarrus/NC Research Campus building, which opened in 2010, is a 62,000-square-foot facility that hosts the College’s nursing and biotechnology programs, as well as the Small Business Center, which supports new and existing small businesses.

Across the courtyard is the College’s new Advanced Technology Center (ATC) building, which opened in 2019. The land for the facility was donated by David H. Murdock through the collaborative efforts of the Vice President of Castle and Cooke North Carolina Operations at North Carolina Research Campus Mark Spitzer, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College President Carol Spalding and Kannapolis Mayor Darrell Hinnant.  This 55,000-square-foot building includes practical and integrated labs, as well as a large flex lab on the ground floor, which will allow the College to provide space for our industry partners to assist in working through their production line challenges.

The ATC focuses on applied technical training and consists of industry-standard equipment, authentic workspaces, virtualization opportunities, and practical application of classroom learning. Students can earn degrees and practical training in such areas as mechatronics, computer-aided design, 3D printing, engineering, and hydraulics, and pneumatics. Students gain valuable experience by using state-of-the-art equipment that companies currently utilize in the workplace.

For more information about all the training and education programs Rowan-Cabarrus offers, visit www.rccc.edu.

Corporate Partners

BioArmor

BioArmor, LLC is a start-up company headquartered in office space on the third floor of the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory. By locating at the NC Research Campus, BioArmor takes advantages of the proximity to a community of scientists and the scientific expertise of the David H. Murdock Research Institute to develop new applications for their antimicrobial formulations.

The company offers proprietary formulations of non-toxic, non-alcohol based, hand sanitizers, topical antiseptics and hard surface disinfectants that use nanotechnology to kill harmful microorganisms. BioArmor has a customer base that includes government and military agencies, private schools, pharmacies and a large retail chain.

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David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI)

DHMRI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, contract research organization specializing in the provision of cutting-edge genomic and metabolomic research services and instrumentation essential to furthering scientific understanding in areas including human health, nutrition, immuno-oncology, plant and animal trait development, and microbiome studies.

The organization leverages its expertise and world-leading facilities through scientific collaborations with researchers and other non-profit organizations, world-wide, to deliver advancements in our knowledge and understanding of human wellness, health and longevity.

As part of its mandate, DHMRI also provides an integrated core laboratory serving the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) and North Carolina university researchers, with cutting edge technologies, and services including genomics, metabolomics, NMR, bioinformatics, and the Center for Laboratory Animal Sciences (CLAS).

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Ideal Health

Ideal Health Biotechnology, LLC, joined the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis to accelerate research and development of their dietary supplements made from naturally occurring, plant-based compounds. Ideal Health is leasing office space on the third floor of the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory Building that is part of an existing laboratory suite. They have recently expanded into the adjacent laboratory, giving them a total of 500 square feet with an option to lease additional space as the company grows.

The company has an antioxidant spray made from grape seed extract available in China. A second generation of the spray is in development. They are also working on an algae mist and eye vitamin. Their products are designed to help with digestion, eye disease and diabetes, particularly in the elderly.

Ideal Health Biotechnology researches and develops dietary supplements made from plant-based compounds, including products derived from grape seed extract and algae for digestion, eye disease and diabetes.

Lei Wu
Ideal Health Biotechnology LLC
150 N Research Campus Drive, Suite 3512
Kannapolis, NC 28081
980 352 0768
wuleime@gmail.com

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KlearOptix

KlearOptix launched in February 2017 in laboratory and office space in the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory Building. The company co-founders are Ramazan Benrashid, PhD, an expert in polymer chemistry, and Ali Dahi, who previously co-founded the California-based company Synergeyes that develops and manufactures hybrid contact lens for stigmatism, presbyopia and irregular cornea conditions.

Benrashid is an expert in polymer chemistry who brings years of experience in developing materials for opto-electronic, coating biocompatible polymers and contact lenses. He has worked for the largest companies in the contact lens industry and smaller startups tackling the challenges of “smart lens” technologies.

KlearOptix develops advanced contact lens technology, including bandage lenses for healing, intraocular lenses for cataract surgery and new materials for soft, rigid and hybrid contact lenses.
 
Ramazan Benrashid, PhD
CTO and co-founder
KlearOptix, Inc.
150 N Research Campus Drive, Suite 3501
Kannapolis, NC 28081
980-271-7988
 
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NC Food Innovation Lab

The NC Food Innovation Lab is a partnership between the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, NC State University, the Economic Development Partnership of NC and the NC Research Campus.

The NCFIL is located on the first floor of the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory Building on the NCRC. The center is designed to drive innovation that benefits consumers, farmers, large food processors and manufacturers as well as food entrepreneurs and small businesses.

The center includes services such as:

  • Production-level testing of formulas and recipes in a cGMP-certified test lab and pilot plant, providing proof of principle for new technologies.
  • A cGMP-certified lab and pilot plant for testing advanced packaging technologies developed at NC State, and leading-edge manufacturing equipment – much of which is manufactured in North Carolina.
  • The ability to develop new beverage flavors, extracts and sensory technologies transferred from the research centers at the NC Research Campus.

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NorthState Technology Solutions

NorthState is headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC and specializes in information technology services. The company has a 50,000-square-foot regional data center on the NC Research Campus (NCRC). NorthState is located along Loop Road on Charles Babbage Lane, just minutes from I-85.

The data center is rated to withstand hurricane-force winds and features state-of-the-art systems for power, security, HVAC and network connectivity. The data center incorporates the latest LEED standards developed by the US Green Building Council for energy efficient operation. The data center provides services such as hosted and cloud-based infrastructure solutions, around the clock network management and a variety of data backup and business continuity solutions. The company offers a full range of management and monitoring services, colocation and cloud solutions and backup and recovery options. The data center is SSAE 16 Type II audited and meets rigorous national standards for safeguarding client systems and data.

NorthState’s affordable information technology services for companies concerned about the security and continuity of their operations. From redundant network operations centers in Winston-Salem and Raleigh, skilled DataChambers technicians manage and monitor thousands of client devices around the clock, including networks, firewalls, servers, switches and routers.  They provide seamless service whether the equipment is hosted in a data center or based on a remote client campus or desktop.

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R & S Chemicals

R&S Chemicals, a cancer research and development company, is working with specific molecules that demonstrate anti-cancer activity. The company also offers expertise in the synthesis of organic compounds.

Vice President Srisailas Muthialu, PhD, PMP, brings over 15 years of industry experience spanning custom synthesis, medicinal chemistry and drug discovery to his leadership of R&S. His business partner Ramesh Gupta, PhD, has over 35 years of industry experience with the development of medicinal compounds that are used in the treatment of illness like allergies and chronic diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

The parent company is Chem-Master International, a contract research and development company located in New York that specializes in organic and medicinal chemistry. Muthialu and Gupta also support Chem-Master as director of business development and vice president, respectively.

R&S is located in a 950 square foot ready-to-use laboratory suite in the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory Building.

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Standard Process

Standard Process is a leader in whole food nutrient solutions. Based in Palmyra, Wisconsin, Standard Process offers more than 300 high-quality supplements made with whole food and other ingredients through three product lines, Standard Process®, Standard Process Veterinary Formulas™ and MediHerb® herbal supplements. The products are available exclusively through health care professionals, including chiropractors, acupuncturists, nurses, naturopaths, medical doctors and veterinarians.

The Standard Process Nutrition Innovation Center is located in the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory Building on the NC Research Campus. The first-of-its-kind Center is a focal point for innovation in nutritional therapy, developing new solutions for health care professionals and patients while advancing the science of whole food nutrition. Innovation and research includes whole-person clinical care, organic and regenerative soil and farming to improve nutrient density and protect the environment, and wholistic nutritional therapies to improve individual health and well-being.

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Spectrum Discovery Center

Sensory Spectrum, a globally recognized management consulting firm, specializes in understanding the sensory-consumer experience for industry, academia and government. Our approach links advanced sensory methods to consumer research with the latest statistical analysis procedures to provide business and technical solutions for confident decision making.

Our broad scope of customized services includes sensory program design and review, Spectrum Descriptive Analysis panel training, project management, consumer research, short courses and workshops.