KC Animal Health Initiative

Key players in the Kansas City region’s business, educational, scientific and government communities have joined together to cultivate a climate of opportunity for companies competing in and supporting the animal health and nutrition industry.

The organizations taking leadership roles in this initiative are BioNexus KC, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, and the Kansas City Area Development Council.


The BioKansas mission is to lead the effort of supporting and growing Kansas’ bioscience ecosystem including bioscience research, commercialization, training, and business development. Through organizational and collaborative efforts, BioKansas provides meaningful content, connections, and advocacy to advance the state’s bioscience industry.

It’s core values include collaboration, advocacy, Inclusion and equity, and innovation.

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).

BioNexus KC

BioNexus KC serves as the coordinating body for the Greater Kansas City region’s life sciences research initiatives, spanning Missouri and Kansas.

BioNexus KC's Vision

The Kansas City region is a global leader at the nexus of human and animal health benefiting all our citizens and the economy.

BioNexus KC's Mission

We inspire thinkers from different disciplines to combine their efforts for a common purpose – healthcare innovation. From bioinformatics to cancer research and beyond, we stimulate collaboration and help bring emerging technologies from concept to reality.

The KC region is a global leader at the nexus of human and animal health benefiting all our citizens and the economy. Our mission is to highlight life sciences resources and their value to the community through collaboration and commercialization. BioNexus KC creates opportunities at the nexus of: Human and Animal Health, Academia and Industry, Kansas and Missouri.

The Missouri Biotechnology Association (MOBIO)

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. 

Missouri Technology Corporation

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:


MRIGlobal, 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.

Stowers Institute for Medical Research

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.

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