From vacant to vibrant

February 19, 2013

Less than three years after the first person moved in, the North Campus Research Complex has been transformed from a vacant former pharmaceutical company campus into a vibrant hub for research – an achievement marked this week with the move of the 2,000th person to the site.

Today, former Harvard University researcher Zhong Wang, Ph.D., and his team are unpacking their laboratory equipment and setting up experiments in their new home in Building 26.

They’re the latest in a series of top-level recruitments U-M has been able to make since its purchase of the site. The first people moved to NCRC in March 2010.

“How fortuitous and fortunate that the 2,000th person to move to the NCRC is a faculty recruit from another great institution,” says NCRC executive director David Canter. “Mixing together biologists and engineers, university research and commercial companies, and established faculty and new blood is the very essence of the NCRC’s mission.”