Celebrating a Decade – 10 Years of discovery and innovation for HudsonAlpha


Strong support shown for the HudsonAlpha Foundation Decade of Discovery campaign

Last year was a year of celebrations and milestones for HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. April 2018 marked the 10-year anniversary, a Decade of Discovery. HudsonAlpha has become far greater than the founders, Jim Hudson and Lonnie McMillian, ever envisioned. The field of life sciences is changing the way we interpret and interact with the world and because of the community’s support, HudsonAlpha is positioned to play an integral role.

Former Huntsville Mayor Loretta Spencer gifted $150,000 to the HudsonAlpha Foundation for the media wall in the Paul Propst Center, which highlights the Institute’s mission, history, research and programs.

“We are so lucky to have the quality of individuals doing their work here in Huntsville,” said Spencer. “Knowing that you are improving the quality of life for people every day, I’m sure you are making a difference in some new person’s life.”

Since opening the doors in 2008, HudsonAlpha has published numerous scientific discoveries, including in agriculture, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases and clinical care. Four researchers were listed on the Clarivate Analytics’ 2018 list of Highly Cited Researchers. This means that the discoveries being made at the Institute are being used by others in the scientific community as a resource.

HudsonAlpha’s education programs have impacted millions of individuals – students, teachers and the public through innovative educational programming. The Educational Outreach team inspires the next generation of researchers, while building genomic literacy.

Located on a 152-acre within Cummings Research Park, HudsonAlpha strengthens and diversifies Alabama’s economy, creating economic impact in Alabama. In just ten years, HudsonAlpha has had more than $2 billion in economic impact.

The HudsonAlpha Foundation is thankful for the many members of the Huntsville community – and beyond – who showed their support for the Decade of Discovery campaign.

“HudsonAlpha has accomplished so much in only ten years, all of which would not have been possible without the support of our community,” said Jim Hudson, HudsonAlpha co-founder.

Although the Decade of Discovery campaign concluded at the end of 2018, there are still naming options at all levels throughout the campus. To learn more about programs at the Institute or to donate, please visit hudsonalpha.org/foundation.