History & Milestones
HudsonAlpha was the vision of Jim Hudson and Lonnie McMillian, entrepreneurs and friends with a shared love of science. The announcement of the creation of the Institute came in 2005, and the doors opened in 2008. We are grateful to Jim Hudson and Lonnie McMillian for recognizing the power of genomics and the need to bring new discoveries to the marketplace and to patients. Lonnie McMillian’s incredible generosity, along with the State of Alabama, provided the funding needed to make the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology 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 four-fold mission of conducting genomics-based research to improve human health and well being; implementing genomic medicine, 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.