Luther Heads Murdock Group
North Carolinian Michael Luther, Ph.D., vice president, basic research and site head at the Merck Frosst Centre for Therapeutic Research in Montreal, has been named president of the David H. Murdock Research Institute of the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis.
Luther, a native of Albemarle, spent 15 years at GlaxoSmithKline in Research Triangle Park and in the UK and at its predecessor companies, Glaxo and Glaxo-Wellcome.
Luther received a bachelor's degree from North Carolina State University, a Ph.D. from St. Louis University School of Medicine, and an MBA from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business. He did post-graduate work as a Muscular Dystrophy Fellow at The Salk Institute in LaJolla, Calif.
"Dr. Luther has a distinguished career in science and is a proven entrepreneur," said Steven Leath, president of the DHMRI board of directors and vice president of research for the University of North Carolina system. "His education, experience and local roots make him the perfect candidate to grow the DHMRI into the organization we all have envisioned."
NCRC founder David Murdock established established DHMRI as a nonprofit organization supporting groundbreaking research in agriculture, nutrition, and human health at the Kannapolis facility by employing leading scientists and public-private partnerships.
"The lengthy and thorough search for the president of the David H. Murdock Research Institute has paid off with the outstanding selection of Dr. Luther," said Murdock. "The growing enclave of scientists gathering at the North Carolina Research Campus will benefit greatly from his presence among us."