Happy and content on a 25-acre farm in Virginia, Dr. Jeremy Pattison had a tenure-track position at Virginia Tech and a life he loved. Then he went to the .

He’d been recruited for a job with N.C. State University, a job based at the fledgling biotechnology complex in downtown Kannapolis, and went to take a look.

"I knew we were going as soon as I saw his face," wife Heidi Pattison said. "He said it was like Disneyland for scientists."

It’s becoming a common theme at the $1.5 billion, 350-acre hub: successful scientist lured to Kannapolis by state-of-the-art equipment, the promise of collaboration, the potential to change millions of lives with health and nutrition research.

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