Duke University will open a business incubator called the Biomarker Factory at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis, N.C.

The new initiative will occupy a large portion of Duke’s future building in downtown Kannapolis and will encompass the MURDOCK Study, Duke’s groundbreaking medical project named for campus founder David Murdock.

While still in the planning stages, the Biomarker Factory should serve as Duke’s major contribution to the $1.5 billion Research Campus, said Victoria Christian, chief operating officer for the MURDOCK Study and Duke Translational Research Institute.

"It’s a big, bodacious idea that we think is very executable," Christian said Tuesday at the Charlotte Biotechnology Conference.

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