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By Emily Ford, Salisbury Post

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Officials at the say business continues to improve, with service contracts worth $1 million at the Core Lab and an effort underway to fund the continent’s biggest cyclotron.

Research Campus leaders touted their life sciences hub earlier this week during a meeting with economic developers from the Research Triangle Park. The RTP, located near Raleigh, is the largest research park in the country.

In the past three or four months, the Murdock Research Institute in Kannapolis has booked $1 million in business, said Dr. Michael Luther, president of the institute that owns and operates the Core Lab. Universities and companies must pay a fee to use the world-class instruments in the Core Lab, the campus centerpiece.

The institute also intends to build a cyclotron in Kannapolis. A particle accelerator that produces radionuclides, the cyclotron would attract medical companies to the Research Campus, Luther said.

"We are well on our way," he said, with a number of grant proposals in the works and a funding commitment from campus founder and Dole Food Co. owner David Murdock. The public-private project would cost tens of millions of dollars and could generate hundreds of jobs.

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