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Life Science Caucus tours NC Reseach Campus in Kannapolis

Members of the NC Life Science Caucus toured the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis on Wednesday, Feb. 23, along with local leaders and representatives of industry, such as Eli Lilly and Company, which is setting up shop in nearby Concord.

The North Carolina Research Campus is a 350-acre research center and scientific community that collaboratively works to empower human health through nutrition and clinical research. Eight NC universities, the David H. Murdock Research Institute, companies and entrepreneurs focus research and development on safer, more nutritious crops, healthier foods, precision nutrition and clinical research.

State legislators attending were Sens. Natasha Marcus, Vickie Sawyer and Mike Woodard (caucus co-chair) and Reps. Kristin Baker, Mary Belk, Jamie Boles, Mike Clampitt, Rachel Hunt, Carolyn Logan, Robert Reives (caucus co-chair), Wayne Sasser and Harry Warren. Caucus co-chairs Sen. Paul Newton and Rep. Donna White were not able to attend but sent staff on their behalf.

Attendees toured the NC Food Innovation Lab, received updates on North Carolina State University's NC Plant Science Initiative, and participated in "speed dating" panels where they heard from local experts on topics such as workforce development, lifestyle medicine and corporate recruitment.