The success of NCCU's new Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise, its new jewel of a facility on the western edge of campus, hinges largely on the success of the university's new pharmaceutical sciences program.
The program, still in its infancy, prepares students for careers in drug manufacturing, and it now has its first department head.
He is David Kroll, a graduate of the University of Florida who has previously taught at the University of Colorado at Denver. He came to Durham in 2000. He has done research at Duke University and worked on cancer drug discovery at Research Triangle Institute.
"What is unique about BRITE is that halfo f the faculty had careers in the biotech field," Kroll noted in a recent NCCU press release. "They brought with them expertise that helps the students. BRITE is the bridge between education and industry."