The lengthy search for a world-renowned scientist to run the Core Laboratory at the N.C. Research Campus is coming to a close.

Two candidates remain in contention for the chief executive officer position with the Murdock Research Institute, which owns and operates the Core Lab, the calling card for the $1.5 billion biotech complex in downtown Kannapolis.

The institute’s board will meet next week to choose one candidate and begin negotiations. The search was delayed while key players determined membership of the board itself. The two finalists were not identified, but both specialize in pharmaceutical and drug discovery.

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