Scientists from rival universities will put billionaire David Murdock’s vision of collaboration to the test as they open the Core Laboratory at the

In an unusual arrangement, 13 scientists from four universities have become interim directors of the high-tech specialties that make up the Core Lab. The search continues for a permanent chief executive officer for the Core Lab.

"It’s working extremely well," said Dr. Steven Colman, chief operating officer for the David H. Murdock Research Institute, which owns and operates the Core Lab. Murdock is building the $1 billion plus project. Eight universities, including Duke, N.C. State, UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC-Greensboro, already have a presence at the lab.

North Carolina’s college athletic rivalries are legendary. Scientists from these schools often compete as well, trying to secure increasingly scarce grants to fund their labs and research projects. For details, see the report.