is a unified voice representing the biosciences in Kansas. Across the human, plant, animal and industrial biosciences, KansasBio is focused on enhancing the business and research climate and working with leaders across the state to attract and retain bioscience talent, companies and funding.
BioKansas was founded in 2004 by the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute and the State of Kansas, who recognized the need to unify Kansas' bioscience industry, academic research institutions, and economic development organizations.
BioKansas is a state affiliate organization of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). BIO is a national organization representing more than 1,000 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations in all 50 U.S. states and 33 other nations. BioKansas enjoys the benefits of membership in BIO as well as the Council of State Bioscience Affiliates (CSBA) and the Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes (CSBI).
The Kansas Bioscience Authority is a venture investor. KBA invests its own funds, attracts co-investors, manages its portfolio companies, and calls on its network of partners and experts to generate a return on and of invested capital.
Focused on the industry sectors where Kansas has conspicuous advantages – agribusiness, animal health and human health, KBA brings deep industry expertise and capital raising experience to each opportunity.
With this focus, KBA investments serve the entrepreneur, co-investors and Kansas.
- Return capital of and on KBA’s investment
- Attract external capital
- Create high-quality, high-wage jobs
- Commercialize intellectual property
- Export goods, services, and technologies to a global market
The Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute (KCALSI) serves as the coordinating body for the Greater Kansas City region’s life sciences research initiatives, spanning Missouri and Kansas.
In collaboration with our stakeholders and strategic partners, transform the Kansas City region into an internationally-recognized center of excellence in life sciences research, development and commercialization – resulting in benefits to the region’s people, economy and institutions.
- Foster and solidify relationships between the academic and private sector.
- Assist scientific collaborative research efforts through the identification, evaluation and execution of potential funding opportunities.
- Assist in life sciences advocacy efforts at the local, state, and national levels.
- Provide support to economic development, technology transfer and commercialization organizations.
The Missouri Biotechnology Association (MOBIO)
is the state's premier professional business association dedicated to growing and protecting Missouri's bioscience and high tech companies. MOBIO provides focused legislative engagement, valuable connections across the converging industries, a forum for addressing emerging science talent shortages, new pathways as our businesses strive for capital growth and access to funding, and important cost-savings solutions.
MOBIO is the only statewide nonprofit membership group that speaks with one voice for all Missouri organizations interested in the life sciences, innovation and entrepreneurship. MOBIO is composed of the broadest cross-section of companies, institutions of higher education, medical research organizations, start-up enterprises, agri-science and related firms involved in research, development and commercialization of the life sciences. MOBIO members promote economic development in Missouri by supporting life science research and practical applications that benefit the general population.
MOBIO has assembled a dynamic and far-reaching group of entrepreneurs, educators, business professionals, and government officials. MOBIO's members reflect the unselfish, eternal optimists who are driving treatments to patients, stronger technology to farmers, and a healthier economy for all of our state's citizens.
The Missouri Technology Corporation ("MTC") is a public-private partnership created by the Missouri General Assembly to promote entrepreneurship and foster the growth of new and emerging high-tech companies. MTC focuses on 21st Century bioscience industries that build on Missouri's rich history in agriculture.
The Missouri Technology Corporation funds several programs across the state of Missouri that support the growth of innovative businesses.
Missouri IDEA (Innovation, Development, and Entrepreneurship Advancement) Fund
The IDEA Fund promotes the formation and growth of businesses that engage in the transfer of science and technology into job creation. Programs include:
, an internationally acclaimed center for applied scientific research and technology development, is an independent, not-for-profit laboratory that has conducted scientific research for government and industry since 1944. Its programs span in the following areas:
MRIGlobal performs contract research and development, test and evaluation, operations and management services for government and industry.
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., MRIGlobal has additional laboratories and offices in Florida and Maryland, and has managed and operated the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy since 1977. NREL is located in Golden, Co.
The Stowers Institute for Medical Research
aspires to be one of the most innovative biomedical research facilities in the world. The Institute conducts basic research into complex genetic systems to unlock the mysteries of disease and find the keys to their causes, treatment and prevention. It was founded by Jim and Virginia Stowers, two cancer survivors who decided to dedicate their fortune to supporting the basic research that will provide long-term solutions to gene-based diseases. The Stowers Institute opened its doors to the first scientific research teams in November 2000 after completion of its $300 million, state-of-the-art research facility in Kansas City, Missouri.
Today, the Institute houses 20 independent research programs and three technology development programs, including bioinformatics, proteomics and imaging. Of the nearly 550 Institute members, 370 are scientific staff: principal investigators, technology center directors, postdoctoral research associates and fellows, pre-doctoral research associates, and technical support staff.