History

For many years, an Alabama-based, world-class biotechnology institute was the dream of the principals of the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. Thanks to $50 million in state support pledged by Alabama Governor Bob Riley and $80 million in private donations, that dream became a reality.

Located in the nation’s second largest research park, Cummings Research Park, the institute is the cornerstone of the 153-acre CRP Biotech Campus. A not-for-profit organization, HudsonAlpha has a three-fold mission of conducting genomics-based research to improve human health and well being; sparking economic development; and providing educational outreach to nurture the next generation of biotech researchers and entrepreneurs, as well as to create a biotech literate public.

Milestones

January 2000 - Jim Hudson, founder and chief executive of Research Genetics, Inc. in Huntsville, Alabama, steps down from his company post when Research Genetics merges with Invitrogen Corp. Prior to the merger, Research Genetics had become the world's leader in genetic linkage products and an integral partner in the Human Genome Project coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health.

2004-2005 - With stewardship anchored by the Alabama-based Alpha Foundation, Hudson and other principals plan in earnest to create a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 organization that will utilize high-throughput genomic technologies to cultivate advances in personalized medicine. Anonymous, private donations totaling $80 million pledged.

June 2005 - The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is acknowledged as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.

August 9, 2005 - Formal announcement by Alabama Governor Bob Riley of the state’s $50 million investment.

January 19, 2006 - Groundbreaking ceremony for the HudsonAlpha Institute; also formally established the CRP Biotech Campus.

September 12, 2007 - Dr. Rick Myers, professor and chair of genetics at the Stanford University School of Medicine and director of the Stanford Human Genome Center named director of the HudsonAlpha Institute.

November 9, 2007 - Ribbon-cutting for the HudsonAlpha Associates Wing and announcement of 12 resident companies. With 12 companies, lease space is filled and expansion plans are under development.

April 24, 2008 - Formal grand opening ceremonies.