Murdock Research Institute partners with RTP company to find food, health links

  • Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 12:42 a.m.

KANNAPOLIS — The David H. Murdock Research Institute at the N.C. Research Campus has partnered with Metabolon Inc., a Research Triangle Park metabolomics company.

Metabolon Inc. has become a world leader in the field of metabolomics by pioneering and patenting the industry’s leading biochemical biomarker discovery and profiling platform.


Metabolon has developed the technology to identify and measure the biochemicals in a biological sample, such as blood or urine, through a processing method. Metabolon has a broad pipeline of diagnostic products in the fields of obesity-related conditions and cancer.

Quantose is the first diagnostic test developed by Metabolon using its technology. Metabolytics is Metabolon’s biomarker discovery and analysis business, which has completed more than 3,000 client studies with more than 550 customers.

The new partnership gives the Murdock Research Institute access to Metabolon’s biomarker discovery and profiling platform, which provides a metabolite survey of more than 4,000 biochemicals.

The non-profit Murdock Research Institute owns and operates the core laboratory at the N.C. Research Campus, home to branches of eight universities, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and six corporations focused on research in health, agriculture and nutrition.

California billionaire and former Cannon Mills owner David Murdock founded the institute, which works to understand how compounds in food impact health. Murdock is chairman of Dole Food and has a home near Kannapolis.

“This agreement leverages the strengths of our organizations to best serve DHMRI collaborators to understand metabolism and ultimately answer key research questions and deliver healthy food products for consumers,” Metabolon Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Chris Bernard said in a press release.

“We have worked extensively in food science and nutrition and recognize that our combined resources are indeed complementary.”

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