N.C. Research Campus names new director of business development

Chris Ervin
Chris Ervin Courtesy of N.C. Research Campus

The North Carolina Research Campus has named Chris Ervin its new director of business development.

Ervin is responsible for “meeting with campus leaders to identify the technologies best suited for targeted outreach to industry,” according to a statement released Monday. He has held the post since May 17.

“Research at the NCRC offers significant opportunities for new businesses,” said Mark Spitzer, vice president of operations Castle & Cooke North Carolina, the developer of the campus. “Chris brings to the campus extensive experience creating pathways from research to commercialization that will benefit the campus and our community.”

Ervin has 30 years of business management experience, including serving as UNC Charlotte’s director of entrepreneurship, and holding multiple positions at Duke Energy. He is a graduate of Catawba College with degrees in accounting and computer science.

The Research Campus opened in 2008. Its business model has been to harness scientific innovation as an economic driver to attract new companies and increase employment, much like Research Triangle Park has in Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill.