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The Corridor Helps Propel Likarda to Success in Kansas City

by Lexi Ryan | Dec 07, 2017

A successful Kansas City ecosystem has played an important role in propelling Likarda LLC to double the size of its operations and expand into space previously occupied by Marion Laboratories, a KC area pharma industry legacy.

“Having access to advisors and consultants in Kansas City within the animal health industry provides mentorship and business strategies,” Karthik Ramachandran, vice president and co-founder of Likarda, said. “This is a great and affordable place to do business for our small company.”

Ramachandran currently serves on the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor’s advisory board.

“The networking and financial events provide local connections and education that you can tap into more often. With the large concentration of animal health companies, [while] many are competitors [they are] supportive of each other,” Ramachandran said. “In many cases, we can talk to other companies and learn from each other while bringing in new technology.”

According to a recent article in the Kansas City Business Journal, Likarda's new laboratory in south Kansas City will offer twice as much space, giving the startup room to scale its operations. The company plans to relocate seven employees to the new space and create 16 jobs as it continues to grow. Read the full story. 

“We have so many high ranking former Marion administrators in the city who have been great mentors to us, like Jim McGraw, the former Marion president,” Lisa Stehno-Bittel, president and founder of Likarda, said. “There are many we use for services or free advice.”

Stehno-Bittel also said that the KC Animal Health Corridor team were their first cheerleaders, commenting specifically that they always made sure that Likarda was in the news when something popped up with their company.

About the KC Animal Health Corridor

Companies with a business location in the KC Animal Health Corridor account for more than half of the sales generated by the global animal health industry. The Corridor, anchored by Manhattan, Kansas and Columbia, Missouri, is home to more than 300 animal health companies, representing the largest concentration in the world. For more information, visit KCAnimalHealth.com

About Likarda LLC

Likarda LLC is a biotech research laboratory that combines early-phase discovery research with consultative and analytical services, which provides a place for science entrepreneurs, partners for bio consortiums and contract research organizations. Likarda lowers costs for pets and humans by improving health-care outcomes with market disruptive technologies. For more information, visit Likarda.com

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