New Animal Health Center of Innovation in Kansas

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A new high-speed lane will be built along the region’s Animal Health Corridor thanks to a $1 million investment by the Kansas Bioscience Authority (KBA). At its board meeting in Washington, DC today, the KBA approved seed money to establish a public-private consortium called the National Center of Animal Health Innovation. The “center of innovation” will bring nine area animal health companies, plus regional universities and government agencies together to accelerate job creation, research, development and commercialization of the next generation of animal health and nutrition products.

“This proposal is part of an overall strategy to position Kansas as the nation’s innovation hub for animal health and animal disease research and product development,” said Tom Thornton, President and CEO of the KBA. “The center will be led by and responsive to industry. Already, these leading companies have identified opportunities to work together to support new product development to advance the competitive position of their companies and the regional economy. Bottom line, we are talking about the potential to create new products, new companies, new jobs and whole new industries for Kansas.”

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