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Research campus lands another tenant

A N.J consulting firm specializing in sensory testing is joining the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, and is looking to hire 20 to 35 people.

Sensory Spectrum handles testing for clients in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries, among others, said Clyde Higgs, campus vice president for business development.

The $1.5 billion campus by billionaire Dole Food owner David Murdock is being developed in conjunction with several N.C. universities.

Eight have signed on so far, with the most recent being Appalachian State University, Higgs said. It will run a human performance lab focusing on such areas as physiology and exercise, he said. But the campus also hopes to continue to attract private development as well.

In April, it announced that Wilmington contract research company PPD will join the campus, and may bring 200 to 300 jobs over the next few years.

Higgs said Sensory Spectrum of New Providence, N.J., will occupy 12,000 square feet in Canon Village near the campus Core Lab, in January. It should be in temporary space by October.

Higgs said he expects to announce other private industry partners in the next couple of months.

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