By EMILY FORD, Salisbury Post

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — The president of a California-based nonprofit institute surprised people Wednesday by announcing that he will move all West Coast operations to the

Elected officials, scientists and economic development leaders had gathered at the biotechnology hub to hear about a new partnership between the in California and the David H. Murdock Research Institute in Kannapolis.

But the biggest news came when Dr. Lou Matis said he will consolidate and move his institute to the Research Campus.

Dr. Michael Luther, president of the Murdock Research Institute, said their work in Kannapolis could transform human health. Together, the institutes will focus on developing personalized medicine, or finding ways to see that "the right patient gets the right treatment at the right time," Luther said.

Thirteen employees of the Immune Tolerance Institute will work in the Core Laboratory Building, owned and operated by the Murdock Research Institute. Three employees have been in place since January.

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