CTBR Scientists Combat Human Metabolic Illnesses.
From their lab at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, Dr. Zhanxiang Zhou and Dr. Qibin Zhang enjoy a commanding view of both the past and the future.
In the distance sit the modest, low, red-brick buildings of downtown Kannapolis, the city a little north of Charlotte that was once a key player in the state’s textile industry. Immediately below their fourth-floor lab sprawls the bright green front lawn of the gleaming new North Carolina Research Campus.
Built on the site of a massive Pillowtex plant that closed in 2003, creating the largest mass layoff in North Carolina’s history, the 350-acre research campus is the brainchild of David H. Murdock, chairman and CEO of Dole Food Company. The result of a public-private partnership seeking to spur innovation in biotechnology, nutrition, agriculture, and health, the campus involves eight universities and numerous industry partners.