Billionaire David Murdock, founder of the North Carolina research Campus in Kannapolis, met with the president of Costa Rica today to announce a joint project focused on food science.

Murdock and Luis Guillermo Solis unveiled project details at the Core Laboratory, which is the main building on the campus.

“The agreement we signed with this organization will serve to transmit scientific knowledge to several Costa Rican universities like the University of Costa Rica and the Technological of Costa Rica, in the fields of human health, bioengineering, agriculture and foods,” Solis said, according to the Independent Tribune newspaper. “Our students will have access to scientific training in this prestigious university that will allow us to be more competitive and to have the continuous updating and innovation required by the Costa Rican human talent.”

The “education cooperation agreement” includes training opportunities for Costa Rican scientists at the NCRC.

“I am passionate about helping people to live longer and healthier lives,” Murdock said, according to the newspaper. “This collaboration reflects the purpose of the NCRC. We are bringing together the best scientists and most promising students on the campus of the North Carolina Research Campus with those of Costa Rica to bring new ideas and new technologies forward that will make the world healthier.”

The N.C. State Plants for Human Health Institute, NC A & T State University Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies, Dole Nutrition Research Institute and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College are part of the effort,