Missouri Regional Life Sciences Summit Business Journal SupplementDocument Transcript
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Sunday, March 7 Tuesday, March 9
Time Event oca on Time Event Loca on
5 to 9 p.m. Exhibitor and poster setup, early UMKC Swinney 7 a.m. Registra on opens Kauﬀman
re istra on Recrea�on Center Conference Center
8 a.m. etworking breakfast Kauﬀman
Monday, March 8 Conference Center,
Time Event oca on
9:15 a.m. Dis nguished Speaker Kauﬀman
6:30 a.m. Exhibit and poster setup UMKC Swinney Conference Center
7 a.m. e istra on opens UMKC Swinney
on nental breakfast Recrea�on Center 10 a.m. Breakout sessions Kauﬀman
• Transla�onal Medicine and Conference Center
Exhibits and poster session UMKC Swinney
interac on Recrea�on Center Nanoscience
• Compu�ng Infrastructure and
8 a.m. Welcome UMKC Pierson Informa�cs to Support Life
Auditorium Sciences R&D, Therapeu�cs,
Diagnos�cs and Economic
8:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker: UMKC Pierson Development
William H. Danforth, chancellor Auditorium • Jump Star�ng and Moving New
emeritus, Washington University: Technologies to Marketplace
“Partnerships for Progress in Health • Transla�onal Vision and
and Economic Development” Neuroscience Research
• Advances in Biomaterials and
9:15 a.m. is n uished Speaker: Sco� UMKC Pierson Medical Devices
Peterson, director of func�onal Auditorium
genomics research technology,
professor, J. Craig Venter Ins�tute: 11:30 a.m. Lunch Kauﬀman
“Synthe�c Biology in an Era of to Conference Center
Personalized Medicine” 12:30 p.m.
10 a.m. is n uished Speaker: UMKC Pierson
Krzysztof Ptak, Oﬃce of Cancer Auditorium Noon Invited Speaker: Rainer Bussmann, Kauﬀman
Nanotechnology Research Director, William L. Brown Center Conference Center
Center for Strategic and Scien�c and William L. Brown Curator of
Ini�a�ves; Oﬃce of the Director, Economic Botany,
Na�onal Cancer Ins�tute/ NIH: Missouri Botanical Garden: “Plants
“NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology for a sustainable future”
in Cancer: Achievement and Path
Forward” 12:30 p.m. a onal Movement of linical and Kauﬀman
Transla onal Science and Drug Conference Center
10:30 a.m. Dis nguished Speaker: Thomas UMKC Pierson Discovery
C. Melzer, managing director and Auditorium • Jamal A. Ibdah, senior associate
co-founder, RiverVest: “Financial dean for research and director,
Downturn and Impact on Biosciences MU Ins�tute for Clinical and
Development” Transla�onal Science, MU
• Si�a Si�ampalam, Department
11 a.m. The Role of Life Sciences in Building UMKC Pierson of Pharmacology, Toxicology
Regional Economy Auditorium and Therapeu�cs, University of
Legisla�ve and government panel Kansas Medical Center
featuring leaders from Missouri
General Assembly and regional 1:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions Kauﬀman
leaders • Compara�ve Medicine: Conference Center
Noon Speaker: Sen. Christopher “Kit” S. UMKC Pierson Innova�ons for the Animal to
Bond Auditorium Human Health Corridor
• Func�onal Brain Imaging and
12:15 p.m. Lunch with David W. Kemper, UMKC Swinney New Fron�ers of Neuroscience
chairman of the board, president Recrea�on Center • Patent Issues Rela�ve to Life
and chief execu�ve oﬃcer of the Sciences R&D – Moving from
Company and Commerce Bank N.A., Discovery in Academia to
Commerce Bancshares Inc.: “Venture Commercializa�on
Investment in Life Science” • Biomedical Tissue Engineering –
Where We Go in the Future
1 p.m. hief Research cers anel UMKC Pierson • Public-Private Partnerships for
Chancellor Brady Deaton, Auditorium One Health
3 p.m. nimal to uman ealth ollabora ons:
2:30 p.m. Exhibit browsing co ee break UMKC Swinney The ath orward
Recrea�on Center • Gary D. Forsee, president, University of Missouri System
• Brady Deaton, chancellor, MU
3:30 p.m. Scien cally Led a onal UMKC Pierson • Leo Morton, chancellor, UMKC
Enterprises Auditorium • Robert Duncan, vice chancellor for research, MU
• Bob Marcusse, president and CEO,
Kansas City Area Development Council
4:30 p.m. Building nnova ve orporate UMKC Pierson
cademic artnerships: What is Auditorium 4 p.m. Adjourn
eeded Chancellor Leo Morton,
session chair Schedule subject to change
5:30 p.m. Recep on UMKC Swinney
7 p.m. Exhibits and posters close UMKC Swinney
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Pu�ng the Midwest’s Bio-Innova�on Belt
Businesses and research on the map
universi es must unite
for a be er economy
and quality of life
S ilicon Valley in California, the Research
Triangle in North Carolina and Route
128 around Boston have emerged as
treatments for human diseases, including
cancer, to care for their four-legged patients.
Yet, the time and hurdles that scientists face
summit in Kansas City to do just that.
The goal of the summit is to accelerate
the movement of innovations from the
centers for innovation and discovery in the to get their discoveries from the lab to the laboratory to the marketplace. Business
United States. At the heart of these regions bedside can be challenging. leaders, legislators, scientists, university
are outstanding research universities and The region from Manhattan, Kan., to officials and representatives from other
business communities that understand how Columbia, Mo., leads the nation in animal prestigious institutions and organizations
to make the most of the opportunities that health and nutrition research, business will come together to identify discoveries
universities provide. These collaborations functions and production. This thriving that lead to private sector investments, job
have shaped the products we use and the Midwestern area has come to be known creation and hold the greatest promise for
services we expect. And, the quality of life as the “KC Animal Health Corridor.” In commercialization.
in these areas is well above the national addition, the huge concentration of plant The potential contributions of
average. and medical sciences from Kansas City government programs, new legislation,
In Missouri and Kansas, we have to St. Louis only increases our region’s community college educational efforts and
outstanding universities where researchers potential as a world leader in applied new business models will be discussed.
are doing stellar work. At the University biosciences. The summit also will focus on how best to
of Missouri, new advances in basic It is quite possible that 10 years from now leverage the assets of universities, financial
biosciences will impact the food we eat, the the medicines we take will be customized markets and business investments to create
medications we take, the medical therapies for our illnesses with less risk and faster new companies and jobs that will strengthen
we use and even the way we expend recovery. The food we eat will produce the economic foundations of the region.
energy. Our region also is home to major better yields and, thus, cost less. The energy During these challenging economic
businesses interested in discoveries that we use will be cleaner, leading to better times, the time is right for the region’s
can be marketed to improve people’s lives. respiratory health and lower utility bills. businesses and research universities to
Health care for humans and animals is For these things to occur, business work together to improve lives. We have an
becoming more integrated than ever before. leaders must know about and have opportunity to emerge as the biosciences
New procedures and techniques that work access to university researchers who are powerhouse much like Silicon Valley,
for dogs, cats, horses and pigs are finding discovering new ideas and processes. Research Triangle or Route 128. The
their way into human hospitals, while On March 8-9, the University of Missouri Regional Life Sciences Summit is
veterinarians are using diagnostics and Missouri is leading a regional life sciences an important step forward.
Brady J. Deaton Leo E. Morton
Summit Chair Summit Host
Chancellor, University of Missouri-Columbia Chancellor, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Chief university research oﬃce presenta�ons at the summit
Robert Duncan Sharron S. Quisenberry R. W. Trewyn
Vice Provost for Research Vice Chancellor for Research Vice President for Research and Vice President for Research
University of Missouri-St. Louis University of Missouri-Columbia Economic Development Kansas State University
341 Woods Hall, 1 University Blvd. 205 Jesse Hall Iowa State University of Science and 785-532-5110
St. Louis, MO 63121 Columbia, MO 65211 Technology 108 Anderson Hall
314-516-5899 573-882-9500 2610 Beardshear Hall Manha�an, KS 66506
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Ac�ng Associate Vice-President Research Interim Vice Chancellor for Research Vice Provost for Research
University of Saskatchewan Washington University Raymond C. Tait University of Kansas
Rm. 201.1 College Building 660 South Euclid Avenue Vice President for Research 2385 Irving Hill Rd.
107 Administra�on Place Campus Box 8054 Saint Louis University Lawrence, KS 66045
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Kansas City, MO 64108 202 Centennial Hall University of Kansas Medical Center 1750 Independence Ave.
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Proud SPonSor of the MiSSouri regional life ScienceS SuMMit
At KCP&L, we work hard to bring innovation, investment
and job creation to the many communities we serve.
Whether supporting life sciences or managing one of the
nation’s most important SmartGrid demonstration projects,
KCP&L is driven to spur economic development for our
region and improve the lives of our more than 800,000
customers. That’s why we work closely with our partners
to provide affordable, clean and reliable energy in the
most environmentally responsible ways available.
In 2004, we developed our Comprehensive Energy Plan
with an unprecedented level of community input. Since
then, we have focused on maintaining competitive
electric rates, coupled with long-term sustainable
energy programs and environmental stewardship, to
best balance the needs of our customers – today and
into the future.
1. National leader in reliability 2. Cleaner, greener energy 3. Environmentally driven
In October 2009, KCP&L was recognized by PA Consulting Group as the The $164 million Spearville Wind Energy Facility ”The La Cygne project is the single largest
recipient of the 2009 ReliabilityOne™ award. This award is given annually began operating in 2006. It is now generating voluntary contribution to helping the Kansas City
to utilities that lead the nation in delivering reliable electric service to their clean, renewable power to handle the annual area maintain its attainment status under the
customers resulting in fewer outages and faster response time. This is the electricity needs of about 33,000 homes. EPA’s eight-hour ozone standard.”
third year in a row KCP&L has been honored with the award. Innovative energy-efficiency programs are saving — David Warm, Executive Director,
customers energy and money while offsetting Mid-America Regional Council
demand growth and reducing emissions.
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A Life Sciences partner in Economic Development:
MCC-Penn Valley Health Science Institute
KCP&L is honored to help support the MCC-Penn Valley Health
Nationally honored for Environmentally Science Institute. This state-of-the-art education center will
improve the healthcare landscape of Kansas City. By creating
community involvement responsible energy training resources and opportunities for Kansas City’s urban
and collaboration KCP&L has demonstrated our com- core and surrounding communities, the Institute will address
Our efforts in developing the CEP mitment to providing environmentally the area’s critical healthcare worker shortage.
were recognized by the Edison Electric responsible energy by making significant
Institute, which awarded our company environmental investments at the com- Located in a 190,000-square-foot building two blocks south
its highest honor for community involve- pany’s La Cygne 1 and Iatan 1 generation of the MCC-Penn Valley campus, the Health Science Institute
ment and collaboration. Local labor facilities. These environmental upgrades, will allow for the expansion, enhancement and consolidation of
unions, neighborhood groups, elected which were completed in 2007 and 2009 MCC’s high-quality healthcare career programs.
officials, community leaders, economic respectively, allowed KCP&L to meet
development agencies and chambers of new federal emission standards before With more than 20 different educational and training programs
commerce endorsed the plan. being required to do so. They have had under one roof, students will experience a new kind of interdis-
a positive impact on the Kansas City ciplinary, hands-on learning, using curricula that allow them to
interact with one another as they would in a true clinical setting.
Strong investments region’s air quality.
This fresh approach to active learning also includes expanded
By the end of the five-year plan, KCP&L
will have invested more than $1.6 billion
Excellence in reliability offerings in professional development and continuing educa-
in CEP projects. Key accomplishments and customer service tion so health professionals can sharpen their skills and ad-
include new generating capacity, envi- Ongoing upgrades to KCP&L’s transmis- vance their careers.
ronmental upgrades to existing facilities, sion and distribution facilities are aimed
transmission and distribution improve- at ensuring a continued high level of ma- The Institute’s central location and expanded capacity will give
ments, and energy-efficiency and afford- jor systems reliability and decreasing the urban residents and many young people from disadvantaged
ability programs. In addition to Iatan 1 number and duration of outages. KCP&L backgrounds greater access to comprehensive and well-
environmental improvements, KCP&L encourages customers to take advantage supported training for high-wage, high-demand careers. K-12
completed a 100-megawatt wind genera- of the residential and business educational programs will help get local youth interested in
tion project during 2006 in Spearville, energy-efficiency, affordability and both healthy lifestyles and careers in healthcare.
Kan. The wind project, completed on demand-response programs that
time and under budget, provides KCP&L were introduced as part of the
customers with a source of clean, renew- CEP. These initiatives allow cus-
able energy. We recently issued requests tomers to better manage electric-
for proposals to develop up to another ity usage and control their utility
300 megawatts of wind generation. costs, therefore reducing the
impact of higher rates.
Further information about KCP&L’s Comprehensive Energy Plan is available
at www.kcplenergyplan.com. For more details about our economic
development community partners and business initiatives, please go to
4. Meeting future demand, cost efficiently 5. Community focused
Iatan 2, KCP&L’s advanced technology coal-fired generation plant near We’re working to make the Kansas City area’s
Weston, Mo., will come online during 2010. This plant is an integral part future brighter than ever. That’s why we provide
of meeting future demand at the lowest reasonable cost and maintaining financial support and our employees donate
competitive electric rates for years to come. thousands of hours to vital community groups.
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The Kansas City Animal Health Corridor
proves regional cooperation is possible
conversations that work toward one goal – the recog-
nition of the region as the global center of excellence
for the animal sciences. The Corridor is driven by an
advisory board that brings together leaders from the
private industry, the top-tier veterinary programs and
key regional organizations working toward that one
The deans of two of the nation’s top veterinary
colleges, the University of Missouri-Columbia and
Kansas State University, sit on the Corridor’s advi-
sory board. They are committed to work together to
cultivate public and private research partnerships.
Due in large part to Kansas State University’s
reputation in animal and agricultural studies, the De-
partment of Homeland Security selected Manhattan
as the new home for its $650 million state-of-the art
research facility. The National Biosecurity and Agro
Defense Facility (NBAF) should be celebrated as a
teamwork success and recognized as a regional asset.
The facility opens up doors to conduct research that
will place our region on the map for animal and food
Before the Corridor’s launch the private indus-
try rarely spoke with each other. Now, networking
occurs on a regular basis. Throughout the year, the
Image provided by: The upcoming Missouri Regional Life Sciences Corridor sponsors and hosts key networking events
The Kansas City Area Development Council Summit pulls regional thought leaders that influence designed to create productive conversations between
Joerg Ohle, president and general the future of life sciences into a necessary discussion. companies, government and leading research orga-
manager of Bayer HealthCare’s This gathering provides all participants an opportu- nizations. The first Missouri Regional Life Sciences
nity to evaluate our region’s potential, discover new Summit is one example.
Animal Health Division, North possibilities and continue to move the life sciences The Animal Health Homecoming Dinner, recog-
America, address more than 750 industries forward. nized as the animal health industry’s annual dinner,
attendees at the 2009 KC Animal In 2006, the Kansas City region’s business, edu- has seen its attendance rise exponentially. With
Health Homecoming Dinner held cational, scientific and government communities only 150 professionals in attendance the first year,
in August 2009. came together to begin to promote a cluster of animal the 2009 dinner set a record with 750 animal health
health and nutrition companies in the region between industry professionals from across the U.S. The din-
Manhattan, Kan., and ner coincides with CVC-
Columbia, Mo. The group Central, one of the nation’s
of businesses within that largest veterinary confer-
region, which represent ences. With the nation’s
a third of the total sales ..the KC Animal Health largest companies exhib-
in the $19 billion global iting at the conference,
animal health industry, is Corridor initiative the Homecoming dinner
the largest concentration of reinforces the region’s
animal health and nutrition serves as one of the best expertise.
companies in the world. Last year, directly fol-
The geographical area case studies in regional lowing the Homecoming
that contains this cluster dinner, the Corridor held
and the regional initiative collaboration. the first Animal Health
launched to support and Investment Forum. The
grow it, became known as full-day forum provided
the KC Animal Health Cor- a venue for early-stage
ridor. animal health companies to
Three regional organizations, the Greater Kansas present their new technologies and business plans to
City Chamber of Commerce, the Kansas City Area potential investors. These investors included capital
Life Sciences Institute, and the Kansas City Area investment firms from across the U.S. and established
Development Council applied their expertise to call animal health and nutrition companies looking to
attention to the existing industry while finding culti- expand their business. Based on the already success-
vating future growth. Gaining the private industry’s ful Invest Midwest model, the forum laid founda-
support was necessary. Developing a vibrant animal tions for the future of the KC animal health industry.
health sector benefits each company that calls the Whether these early companies will consider the area
Corridor home. It gives animal health-related busi- as a location for future expansion, or an established
nesses access to a trained and talented workforce, animal health company invests in their technology,
advanced research opportunities and knowledgeable the region and industry wins.
service providers. Now in its fourth year of existence, the KC Animal
Since its inception in 2006, the Animal Health Health Corridor initiative serves as one of the best
Corridor has attracted 16 new or existing company case studies in regional collaboration. It has success-
locations. More than 220 animal health companies fully aligned two state governments, two top-tier re-
now have a location within the Corridor, with 70 search universities and a private industry comprised
companies having their global or U.S. headquarters of competitors. Each organization, public or private,
here. The animal health industry has created close to put aside individual motives to promote, and grow,
1,250 new jobs in the region and added $60.7 M in something greater than them. With this base, the
payroll. region has the potential to continue developing its
Continuous dialogue is the root of the KC Animal global strength in animal health and the encompass-
Health Corridor’s success. It means having honest ing life sciences.
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The Big Eight in University-Industry Partnerships
By Lana Knedlik
odern university technology transfer began faculty member’s research and ability to engage in collabora-
in the era of the Big Eight, with the bipar- tions with other scientists. Typically, option agreements or
tisan passage of the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980. separate future agreements are used to address the technol-
For the first time, universities could own ogy improvements.
and license inventions made by research-
ers using federal funding. As the Big Eight 5. No Guarantees
evolved into the Big 12, so did the region’s The university will not guarantee you the right to use
view of technology transfer. Increasingly, the technology being licensed. With limited budgets, most
the life sciences community is one in which universities do not have the financial resources to perform
universities and industry partners routinely “freedom to operate” analysis. Essentially, the technology
enter into license agreements, sponsored re- is licensed “as is.” Indeed, in many instances, the univer-
search agreements, and joint development/ sity will expressly disclaim any warranties of patent validity
research/collaboration agreements. Often, and non-infringement as well. To minimize exposure, the
these collaborations occur across state lines university will typically require indemnities and product
and between athletic conferences – between liability insurance from the licensee. As state-funded insti-
Jayhawks, Tigers, Kangaroos, their industry tutions, public universities have a duty to minimize risk to
alumni, and beyond. taxpayers.
At Stinson Morrison Hecker, I have 6. Diligence and
the opportunity to represent life sciences Commercialization Incentives
clients on both sides of the court, i.e., To incentivize commercial success, the university-
both universities and industry partners. I industry agreement will often require the industry partner
have found that initiating and negotiating to develop a business plan related to the technology that
university-industry partnerships can be includes certain reporting requirements. Further, the agree-
challenging – even “maddening” – at times. ment may include certain diligence milestones to make sure
Bringing key stakeholders together at events that the technology is being developed and commercialized
such as the Missouri Regional Life Sciences in a timely matter. Examples of such milestones include first
Summit is critical to building a true team prototype, regulatory approval, first commercial sale in the
approach. In this article, I will focus on U.S., first commercial sale abroad, etc. For many start-ups,
the Big Eight deal terms that you can expect the diligence milestone may be related to financing as well.
to see in university-industry agreements.
After all, some good scouting and a little 7. Payment
coaching never hurts this time of year. Technology transfer offices are typically non-profit orga-
nizations that manage the intellectual property of the univer-
1. License Rights sity. They are typically self-funded, meaning their funding
In any deal, the ultimate question is what will the uni- comes from revenues generated by the university licenses.
versity give you? Typically, for intellectual property devel- The revenues are typically shared with the university itself
oped solely by its researchers, don’t expect the university and the faculty inventors. In most instances, compensa-
to assign or sell you the technology. For federally funded tion takes the form of royalties for net revenues made on the
research, federal law prohibits such assignments. In most licensed technology. The agreement may also include sign-
instances, the university will offer to license the technol- ing fees and annual license maintenance fees. Typically, the
ogy – either exclusively or non-exclusively. Depending on university will also require reimbursement of patent costs in
the industry, the university may also give you the right to order to minimize its expenses.
sublicense, although the royalty rates may be different for
such sublicenses. For example, universities often require 8. Fame and Fortune
you to pay a royalty for your sublicensee’s exploitation of Although not necessarily a deal term, you should under-
the technology and a percentage of any non-royalty based stand that some universities and their technology transfer
income that you receive from your sublicensees. offices are motivated by fame and fortune – but not neces-
sarily in that order. Universities have a legitimate interest
2. Reservation of Rights in enhancing the reputation of their faculty members and
By their nature, universities promote the free flow of university research profile by showcasing the commercial
information and ideas. Academic institutions want to pre- success of their technologies. In addition, as non-profit
serve scientists’ ability to perform research on the technol- organizations, the technology transfer offices often see their
ogy. As such, the university will typically reserve the right role as bettering the overall public good with their commer-
to practice licensed inventions and to allow other academic cialization efforts.
institutions, governmental agencies and non-profits to do
the same. These Big Eight deal terms should explain the univer-
sity’s motivation behind certain provisions in university-in-
3. Publication dustry agreements. So what is your motivation to enter into
University researchers face a “publish or perish” dilemma the game? Universities traditionally have the most cutting-
in terms of tenure and standing in the scientific commu- edge research tools and the brightest minds. By partnering
nity. Publication of research is also a necessary part of the with a university, you can gain early access to technologies
academic mission to disseminate knowledge and promote typically at a cost that is much lower than technologies de-
scholarship. As such, the university will require that its re- veloped elsewhere. Other arms of the university may also be
searchers be able to publish on the technology they develop. able to assist you with marketing or business development.
In many instances, the university will allow the industry In the end, collaborations with universities in the region,
partner to review the manuscript prior to publication. Fur- and across the country, are nothing but a win-win situation.
ther, the university may permit the industry partner to seek
intellectual property protection prior to publication. Lana Knedlik is a registered patent attorney who
practices in all areas of intellectual property law.
4. Improvements She received her BS in chemical engineering from
Although industry partners generally seek guaranteed Kansas State University in 1993, her JD from the
access to future improvements on licensed inventions, it is University of Kansas in 1996, and her BS in biology
rare that a university will agree to such terms. The obliga- and pharmaceutical sciences from UMKC in 2002
tion to future improvements may cause a chilling effect on a and 2007, respectively.
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Catalyst for Growth
At Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP, we possess the legal
acumen and technical expertise to assist life sciences
clients on their path toward innovation and growth. Simply
stated, we take the time to understand your unique
business needs. We understand the evolution of taking a
new product or method from the initial research stage to
the marketplace, but we also understand your day-to-day
business needs. From intellectual property issues and
the defense of proprietary rights, to capital formation and
mergers and acquisitions, we’ve got you covered.
Attorneys At Law
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good for man
America loves its pets! From parakeets to Percherons, pet In the areas of diagnostics and research, high-tech users, multi-disciplinary consultants, technology, business
owners today spend billions of dollars on the upkeep and facilities are being constructed to house advanced medical processes and systems in a way that maximizes the specific
well-being of their animals. Interesting that prior to World equipment. In some of the larger equine facilities, for talents and expertise of all project stakeholders, resulting in
War II, very few people would consider paying more than example, bone scans are performed using radioactive the delivery of a fully optimized project with increased value
a token amount for the medical care of their pets. Prior isotopes, radiographs and ultrasound; laser surgery can and reduced waste throughout the entire project lifecycle.
to World War I, it wouldn’t have done much good to take repair collapsed arytenoid cartilage; and arthroscopic
your sick or injured pet to the vet: antibiotics were yet to be surgery can be performed to repair joints. Facility owners and decision makers identify the following
developed and veterinarians that treated pets exclusively reasons as among those having the greatest impact on the
were rare. InteGrate For SucceSS selection of integrated delivery as the ‘delivery method of
It’s no simple matter to design and build these increasingly choice’ for their facilities:
Pet owners continue to upgrade complex facilities. Over the past five years, the use of
their purchases • Shared Goals and objectives
design-build building processes to deliver higher-end
Spending on pet supplies and over-the-counter medicines construction applications such as animal MRI facilities, IPD eliminates the “silo” effect in which the owner defines
continues to increase with $10 billion projected to be research laboratories, BSL-3 diagnostic and research a business case for development, the architect delivers a
spent in 2007, an increase of 6.5% over 2006, according facilities, has increased dramatically. Total assimilation of the concept, and a contractor provides estimates based on
to the American Pet Products Manufacturers’ Association facility’s systems is fundamental to successful production, that information. That form of traditional delivery too often
(APPMA). Spending in 2008 exceeded $10.5 billion. collection and analysis of data. Fragmented systems result results in an adversarial state where each party looks out
in an improperly integrated facility, a roadblock to research for their own best interests. Through IPD, the team states
Pet services for pets grow in abundance and treatment of animals. and shares common goals and objectives, with risk and
More than $2.9 billion was spent on pet services in reward being shared for achieving those targets.
2007 according to the APPMA with spending increasing Having a thorough
7% in 2008. Pet owners are including their pets in their understanding of building
own lifestyles so visits to the spa, exercise regimes, and materials, processes, and
hotel-quality accommodations for day care are more knowledge and experience
commonplace in urban areas. with the specialized
Growing interest in animal healthcare electrical, plumbing, control
In the nation’s heartland, a serendipitous convergence and security systems, and
of some of the top veterinary schools and animal health integrated equipment has
researchers and providers have joined together to cultivate contributed to the increased
a climate of opportunity for companies competing in and use of integrated project
supporting the animal health and nutrition industry. What’s delivery (IPD). IPD is an
happening along the “Animal Health Corridor” may be approach to project delivery
responsive of what’s occurring throughout the country. that integrates the owner, end Jeremy Gershonowicz & Dumars Cindy Rogan with Farrah & Ginger
JE Dunn Kansas City JE Dunn Dallas
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• accelerated Delivery PUttING KNOWleDGe tO WORK
Communication delays between the architect, engineer, Mechanical, electrical and plumbing intensive, laboratory Recent JE Dunn Construction Projects
and contractor are greatly reduced with an integrated projects are typically made up of 35% or more MEP. Vet Med Equine Hospital and Lab,
process. Meshing design and construction efforts has Consequently, given the nature of animal health construction, Iowa State University
significant impact on reducing the schedule by identifying JE Dunn Construction has developed a dedicated team of
and allowing early procurement of materials, prefabrication estimators, engineers and coordinators who understand Equine Research Center,
and long lead items. Additionally, delays due to redesign are lab adaptability and modular systems. To aid in the quest University of Minnesota
generally eliminated or reduced. for ‘no surprises,’ the team utilizes 3-D MEP computer
Ted Stevens Marine Research Facility,
aided design for coordination and conﬂict avoidance in a
• early Project cost Identiﬁcation proactive manner.
The project team assembles at the formation stage of the Center for Disease Control,
In-house staff are also able to provide procurement of long-
project optimizing the timing of input by all parties. This Ft. Collins, CO
allows for early and accurate project conceptualization lead laboratory, process, and utility equipment allowing for
and establishing timely definition of scope and budget. timely delivery within an aggressive construction schedule. Health Science Institute, Metropolitan
Construction cost estimates can be continually reviewed Additionally, the team utilizes an integrated commissioning Community Colleges, Kansas City
and adjusted to reﬂect changes during the design. approach beginning in the design phase and maintained
through construction and occupancy. National Re-newable Energy Laboratory,
To offer still more value to their clients, the Center of
the KeY tO hIGh-eND DelIVeRY Cancer Research Center,
Excellence staff is trained in the specifics and nuances
“Any project delivery method undertaken needs to be Medical College of Georgia
of science and technolgoy construction. For example, they
provided by a contractor that understands the intent of are trained in Labs21 classes such as “High Performance,
the facility. Whether animal or human, understanding
Midwest Research Institute,
Low Energy Laboratory Design” and “Advanced Laboratory Kansas City, MO
the science of research and healthcare and how it Ventilation Design.”
affects facility use drives building decisions. This
Regis University Science and
is very important to the success of these complex Finally, the Build Clean program has been created, Research Institute, Denver, CO
projects as it relates to ﬁnal functionality,” said addressing the critical requirement of minimizing, or
Kevin Brettmann, Director of Science and Technology at eliminating entirely, construction-related dust and debris Stowers Intitute, Kansas City, MO
JE Dunn Construction. in designated ‘clean areas’ within the new facility. The
program defines protocol to be followed with materials Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Research
JE Dunn has made a commitment to the industry by handling and transfer, construction activities, contamination
Institute, Texas A&M
creating the Science and Technology Center of Excellence. control, personnel conduct, and rules of entry within
Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Research
Its mission is to maintain a trained in-house staff, highly assigned areas.
Building, University of Kansas
qualified to execute complex construction in the healthcare
and life sciences/bioscience industry. Tasked with keeping Through practical application, the Science and Technolgoy Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics,
current on the latest trends in technology, equipment and Center of Excellence has proven exemplary training, University of Colorado
systems for research, the Center of Excellence devotes many utilization of qualified in-house staff, and the ability to tap
man-hours to the collection, assimilation, and utilization of into the strength of a national construction organization is the Bio Med Lab, University of Texas
current healthcare and lifescience construction data. best way to deliver a world-class animal health facility.
Research requires an
intense curiosity, a unique
ability to link cause and
effect, and unbelievable
tanacity. JE Dunn brings
the same characteristics
to the construction of
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to a Global Marketplace
Animal Health (FDAH).
“With this deal, we acquired a
number of reputable products from
Fort Dodge Animal Health that fit
perfectly with our long-term strategic
goals,” says Heidgerken. “But just
as importantly, by purchasing well-
established brands that had a proven
track record in the markets we needed,
it allowed us to be able to explore new
areas of product research and devel-
opment where there is tremendous
In fact, Boehringer Ingelheim
Animal Health invests over 12 percent
of annual revenue back into research
and development, placing it among the
global animal health industry leaders.
This gives BIVI a significant advantage
in allowing them to not only find solu-
tions for today’s animal diseases, but
more importantly to proactively look
ahead to the future for solutions to new
animal health problems.
This is a strategic business move
that Dr. Edward Robb, vice president
of research and development for BIVI,
describes in terms of a successful
hockey game plan.
“To borrow a quote from Wayne
or more than 25 years, St. Joseph, Gretzky, who was honored during the Van-
Missouri-based Boehringer Ingelheim couver Winter Games as one of the Final
Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI), has demon- Torch Lighters .‘ great players have the ability
strated a commitment to improv- to score goals by not following the puck to
ing the lives of animals around the where it currently is but by skating to where
world. Through its corporate vision -- Value the puck in going to be,’” Robb says. “That’s
through Innovation -- BIVI has placed a high what we have to keep in mind. Where’s the
priority not only on scientific research and de- puck going to be? What will pet owners,
velopment, but also in the highly experienced producers and veterinarians need for their
technical and field services necessary to sup- animals in the next 10 or 20 years?”
port those products in the market. With a culture driven by product inno-
In keeping with the history of Boehringer vation and service excellence in each of its
Ingelheim, innovative product research and four business segments – pet, cattle, swine
development remains a core mission. Over the and equine -- it’s important for BIVI to make
years, BIVI has made significant contributions sure that the products they deliver are best in
to the animal health industry, strengthening class. “How do we deliver the innovation that
its position as a leader in the global animal can create value for veterinarians, livestock
health industry and a true partner to its cus- producers and ranchers, pet owners and the
tomer. industry? How do we discover and market
As part of the larger Boehringer Ingel- those game changers?” Robb asks. “Those are
heim Corporation, a family-owned company the questions that drive our research and our
founded in 1885 in Ingelheim, Germany, BIVI long term business strategy.”
is committed to sustainable growth. And, it Novel research and product innovation
believes that growth in the area of life sciences are the key drivers to future BIVI growth and
is essential. success. But in the end, it’s all about the dogs,
“We understand that to be true leaders cats, horses, cattle, pigs and other animals, the
and innovators in the market place, we need company provides products for. That’s what
to focus our efforts on continued research really matters.
and development of novel, effective solutions
to our customers’ problems,” says George
Heidgerken, president and COO of BIVI. “As
part of these efforts, it’s critical that we seize
opportunities for growth not only externally
but internally as well.”
In fact in October last year, Boehringer In-
gelheim closed its deal with Pfizer to acquire
several widely used products from Fort Dodge
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With a $1.82 billion budget, the University of Missouri-
Columbia is the state’s flagship university and one of its
MU largest enterprises. MU’s economic impact is powerful and
far reaching; the productivity of the entire state is boosted
through the earning potential of Mizzou graduates, the
attraction of businesses and the cumulative role of providing
human capital, research and technology.
UMKC “MU is committed to putting the resources of one of the
nation’s premier public research universities – with more
than 31,000 students and a $320 million research operation
– to work for economic development,” MU Chancellor Brady
Missouri Deaton says.
During a three-year process,MU faculty,students and alumni
S&T identified the top five competitive assets, or unique strengths,
that set MU apart from other universities. Collectively, these
assets are called the Mizzou Advantage.
“Our competitive assets differentiate us from the biggest,
UMSL best-resourced universities and allow us to do things they
can’t do,” says MU Provost Brian Foster. “With more than
1,000 faculty scientists working to improve human and animal
health, food and the environment, three of
these assets focus on the life sciences.”
Co ss s
One Health, One Medicine: The A one-year-old golden retriever walks on a water treadmill to ease
Convergence of Human and Animal the weight on her joints a�er surgery. The path-breaking work
Health – Will expand on MU’s pioneering of her veterinarian Jimi Cook, director of the MU Compara�ve
work in comparative human and animal Orthopaedic Laboratory, to help dogs with knee injuries has led to
health research, radioisotope production an FDA-approved device to treat similar injuries in humans.
and nanomedicine, and connect it Many of the
with expertise from medical, veterinary world’s leading
medicine, public health programs. scien�sts in
Food for the Future – Capitalizes on wheat, corn and
MU’s traditional strengths in plant and work at MU. Le�,
animal sciences, and a range of emerging Melissa Mitchum,
programs such as nutrition, chronic assistant
disease research and treatment, aging and professor of
obesity. plant sciences,
is working to
MU physicist Sustainable Energy – Will build stop damage
Peter Pfeifer on such strengths as MU’s research of soybean cyst
holds a carbon reactor—the most powerful university- nematodes, a
brique�e he operated research reactor in the United pest that can
developed to States—and programs in nuclear power cause millions
store alterna�ve of dollars of
fuels, such as generation and biofuel development. damage.
natural gas or New Media – Will draw on the School
hydrogen. In of Journalism’s century of international Solu ons for a Be er Life
addi�on, MU leadership in media research and hands-
boasts the on training, along with other campus The following are examples Develops new therapies for
na�on’s largest of important interdisciplinary hypertension, cancer, cys�c
university-based strengths in digital technologies, business, groups. brosis and heart disease.
nuclear reactor public policy, design and creative writing.
and is poised Understanding and Managing Disruptive Christopher S. Bond Life Interdisciplinary Center on
to be a na�onal and Transformational Technologies – Sciences Center: Improves Aging: Brings together health
leader in the Will touch on virtually every part of the the quality and safety of providers, researchers and
eﬀorts to develop food, prevents and treats educators focused on older
reasonably university to explore areas in which existing disease, and protects the
technologies, and everything based on them, adults.
priced and environment.
environmentally are changing rapidly. The four competitive a onal Center for Soy ean
friendly assets listed above will act as laboratories ntern on ns tute Biotechnology: Provides
energy. These for further research on disruptive and of no nd Mo ecu r genomic resources and
technologies Medicine: Creates materials, bioengineering technologies
support the transformational technologies. devices and agents enhanced to support the U.S. soybean
rapid growth or ore infor a on contact: by nanotechnology with
of the animal Robert Duncan industry.
applica�ons in medicine and
health corridor Vice Chancellor for Research Regional Bio Contain ent
by providing University of Missouri-Columbia materials science.
Library : Biosafety level-3
green energy Phone: 573-882-9500 nterdiscip in r nt research facility, which
alterna�ves. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Group: Studies biological includes an aerobiology
processes of plants via 54 suite for delivery of agents
research teams from ve and therapeu�cs, as well as
departments. an animal lab that develops
Dalton Cardiovascular experimental models of
Research Center: infec�ous diseases.
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Changqi Xu, postdoctoral fellow, Department of Oral Biology
From basic science to clinical
research. From bioengineering to UMKC has seven diﬀerent schools
technology transfer. UMKC scholars with ongoing research in health
are at the forefront of some of today’s and life sciences. It is one of fewer
most important research.
than 30 universi�es in the na�on to
and intercollegiate collaborations have medicine, den�stry, nursing
create the foundation for addressing and pharmacy educa�on programs
today’s health concerns. The Center centrally located on one campus.
of Excellence in the Study of Dental
and Musculoskeletal Tissues and
the Vision Research Center are The state-of-the-art Vision Research
two examples of interdisciplinary Center combines clinical and basic
research programs at UMKC. research related to the diagnosis and
The interdisciplinary Center of treatment of age-related macular
Excellence in the Study of Dental degeneration, diabetic retinopathy,
and Musculoskeletal Tissues glaucomaandotheroculardiseases.This
includes investigators from the center positions Kansas City to become
UMKC Schools of Dentistry, a national center for eye research, where
Medicine, Nursing, and Computing these ocular diseases and others will be
and Engineering. This powerful studied by some of the top researchers
translational team integrates clinical in the country. The results will then be
and basic science to prevent and seamlessly transferred into practical use
treat diseases of mineralized tissue, with patients.
including teeth, cartilage, bone, and The Vision Research Cemter
muscle. The center’s research focuses represents a synergistic collaboration
on mineralized tissue and its relation
to obesity, cancer, osteoporosis, between the UMKC Schools of
bone trauma, aging, metabolic bone Medicine and Pharmacy, Truman
disease and diseases of oral tissue. Medical Center, as well as other
Implications of this research disciplines and schools interested in
can be applied to biomaterials and eye diseases.
composite research, medical devices, Please join us at the 2010 Missouri
diagnostics, and clinical imaging. Regional Life Sciences Summit in
These implications also may be Kansas City to learn more about the
expanded to veterinary practice and research being conducted at these
diagnostics and treatment of animal two centers, as well as other important
dental and bone disease. research programs at UMKC.
or or i or o o
Lynda F. Bonewald
Interim Vice Chancellor for Research
University of Missouri-Kansas City
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Delbert Day says it’s like seeding a fishing environment by
throwing an old Christmas tree into the water. The submerged
MU tree provides good pockets of cover for all kinds of fish.
But this isn’t really a discussion about aquatic habitats.
Day, a Curators’ Professor emeritus at Missouri University
of Science and Technology, is explaining why human bone
cells would want to colonize medical scaffolding made out
of glass fibers.
UMKC “Nature abhors a void,” he says. “And the body likes
certain kinds of glass.”
Over the past few decades, Day has developed a number of
biomedical applications for glass, including the treatment of
Missouri liver cancer with tiny, radioactive glass spheres, a process he
developed with Gary J. Ehrhardt, a senior research scientist at
S&T the University of Missouri-Columbia Research Reactor. The
beads are now marketed under the name TheraSphere. These
days, Day is working with fellow Missouri S&T researchers
to develop 3-D scaffolds made out of bioactive glasses. They
UMSL plan to use the scaffolds for bone regeneration.
“Cells can get inside the scaffolding, grow, and develop in
the pores,” Day says, “just like the fish colonize the Christmas
But while the tree never becomes one with the fish, the
scaffolding eventually does become part of the bone.
Titanium rods are often used to repair badly damaged
bones. But Day and his colleagues say the glass scaffolding
is, mechanically, much closer to the composition of real bone.
Compared to metal implants, which are smooth and rigid,
the scaffolding is porous and downright hospitable.
“Over time,the scaffolding would become indistinguishable Missouri University of Science and Technology researchers (from
from bone,” says Roger Brown, a professor of biological le�) Roger Brown, Delbert Day and Len Rahaman are crea�ng glass
sciences who is working on the project. “It becomes part of scaﬀolding to rebuild bone �ssue through a joint eﬀort with the
the bone structure.” University of Missouri-Kansas City.
The Missouri S&T researchers have
formed a partnership with researchers at
the University of Missouri-Kansas City
to form the Center for Bone and Tissue
Repair and Regeneration. “We do the Among the many other
materials work here,” says center director innova�ve life sciences
Len Rahaman, a professor of materials research projects under way
science and engineering at Missouri S&T at Missouri S&T are:
who is working with Day and Brown.
“They do the clinical work at UMKC.” • New image-processing
Four bioactive glasses selected by the techniques to diagnose
Missouri S&T researchers are being skin cancer
evaluated in Kansas City. Once the best • Early cancer screening
glasses are identified, Rahaman will lead using urinary pteridines
the effort to build new scaffolds in Rolla. as biomarkers
Prototypes will then be placed in animals,
and, if everything goes according to plan, Bioac�ve glass “sponge.” • The development of
the method will ultimately be tested in self-calibra�ng glucose
humans. sensors to help those
If the scaffolding works like they think living with diabetes
it will, the Missouri S&T team will have be�er monitor blood
played a big role in changing the way sugar levels
medical professionals treat bone trauma. • The study of
But Day, Brown and Rahaman don’t want an�oxidants for trea�ng
to stop there. lead poisoning
They hope to develop something that
really speeds up the process of regeneration • The development of
– something even better that could be “biologically inspired”
quickly employed in emergency rooms neural networks to
and on the battlefield. be�er manage future
Wayne Huebner, chair of S&T’s “smart” power grids
materials science and engineering
department, envisions a future where This enlarged image shows how bone cell grows
information on human bones is catalogued on glass scaﬀolding at the microscopic level.
like fingerprints are today.
“In the future, humans may have a computer-aided design
file of their entire skeleton made by magnetic resonance or or infor a on on a
imaging,” Huebner says. “Then, if someone needed a new K. Krishnamurthy, Ph.D.
bone, a rapid-prototyping machine could make one out of Vice Provost for Research
the bioactive glass. A surgeon would simply install it and Missouri University of Science and Technology
your body would do the rest, converting the glass into an Phone: 573-341-4154
entirely new bone.” Email: email@example.com
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Bethany Zolman, assistant professor of biology at UMSL, studies hormones that control plant growth and development. Her research may
allow her to manipulate these pathways to increase roo ng and enhance plant growth. She received a $575,000 grant from the Na onal
Science Founda on for this research.
The University of Missouri-St. Louis the virus that can lead to cervical
is a leader in life sciences research in St. cancer.
Louis.Bringingtogethertopresearchers Non-invasive blood glucose
from around the globe, UMSL strives monitor. This monitor will make
to take its ground-breaking ideas from blood sugar level testing multiple
the university to the marketplace. The times a day pain free and more
institution is transforming Missouri palatable -- especially for children
into a knowledge-based economy with diabetes.
dependent upon innovation and
entrepreneurship. Through brain research, a faster,
As a public land-grant university more accurate method to diagnose
located in Missouri’s most populous mild traumatic brain injury.
and economically important region, Quantitative Three Dot (Q3D) test to
UMSL is St. Louis’ partner for progress help catch vision suppression earlier
- in life sciences and beyond. than current methods being used.
The university’s researchers That would lead to better treatment
are creating real solutions to real and decrease the negative impact of
problems. Just one example is Xuemin amblyopia, commonly referred to as
“Sam” Wang, the E. Desmond Lee “lazy eye.”
Endowed Professor in Biology, who Technology that could create a faster
is conducting research to understand and less expensive way to identify Michael Howe, senior research engineering
plant lipids/oils, the most energy-rich diseases like prostate cancer. With technician in the College of Optometry; Carl Bassi,
natural plant products that can have a new simplified immunoassay, associate professor of optometry; and Wayne
significant impact on food, health, Garver, research scien st in the Department of
an analytical method that detects Physics and Astronomy, demonstrate a device they
renewable energy and sustainability. antigens or biomarkers, UMSL created to measure light sensi vity in pa ents.
Other examples of ground-breaking researchers can measure specific There currently is no other device that does this.
research at UMSL include: antigen-antibody interactions that
Antiviral drug to treat all clinically indicate disease.
important forms of the Human A device to protect premature or or i or o o
Papillomavirus (HPV). This would newborns from aluminum toxins. Nasser Arshadi
Vice Provost for Research
be the first therapeutic agent, A small filter will remove aluminum University of Missouri-St. Louis
offering non-surgical treatment from intravenous feeding solutions Phone: 314-516-5899
options for women affected by used for premature babies. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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U.S. Senator Christopher “Kit” Bond (R) Missouri visits with
students from the Biotechnology program from the STLCC
Florissant Valley campus, as they train in the new Center for
Plant and Life Sciences facility established at BRDG Park, on
the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center campus. Senator
Bond recently spent an hour touring the facility and talking with
current students of the biotechnology program, as well as some
who have graduated and are working in the industry.
St. Louis Community College Moves its Center for
Plant and Life Sciences to BRDG Park
St. Louis Community College (STLCC) has made a ma- bio-manufacturing lab, tissue culture lab, molecular bi- clude Biotechnology, Chemical Technology, Clinical
jor investment to address the needs of the growing plant ology lab and support space, which includes a centrally Laboratory Technology and Horticulture. The NSF
and life sciences industry within the St. Louis region located instrumentation lab where major equipment grant provides funds for internships for students from
and the state of Missouri. STLCC, in October, 2009 can be accessed without disturbing classes that may be the plant and life science related technicians programs
established its Center for Plant and Life Sciences inside taking place in the various labs. This is a flexible space at STLCC to perform the contract work, while pursu-
the newly completed Bio-Research, Development and that can be utilized for both scheduled classes and for ing their degree on a full-time basis.
Growth Park (BRDG Park), leasing 10,500 sq. ft. of of- specialized training programs to address needs within
fice and laboratory space within a post-incubator facili- the plant and life sciences industry. The new space at BRDG Park also allows STLCC’s
ty located on the campus of the Donald Danforth Plant Center for Plant and Life Sciences to expand training
Science Center. This new space allows for expansion Through a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, for area teachers and students with an interest in science.
of the College’s A.A.S. bio-technician training program awarded in 2008, STLCC has also established, within Funding for this project has been procured through
and for collaboration between the program participants the STLCC space, a Contract Research Organization NSF grant sources and will provide for two, week- long
and post-incubator businesses occupying space within (CRO), allowing the A.A.S. students training there to camps each summer during the three year granting
the BRDG Park. The overall impact of this partnership provide a much needed service to small, growing com- period, one week for 20 middle school students and
will be to expand the workforce of trained technicians panies within the St. Louis region, by doing contract one week for 20 high school students. STLCC also,
by expanding the amount of laboratory teaching space work on projects that companies just don’t have the through NSF funding, offers week long training ses-
available, while offering students a “real-world” work equipment or time to do. Work of the students would sions for 15 area science teachers interested in learning
experience in an industrial setting, where students will be directed and overseen by a Senior Research Scien- high-tech biotechnology techniques and bring those
be able to interact on a daily basis with scientists from tist/CRO Coordinator which will be initially funded successfully into their classrooms. This course, taught
other companies residing within BRDG Park. The through this grant. The CRO will provide a process by STLCC faculty and industry specialists will give the
building that STLCC has leased space is phase one of for local biotechnology companies to contract with teachers a working understanding of the major proce-
a three phase building project that will ultimately pro- STLCC for assistance in completing projects that re- dures used within the plant and life science industry
vide the St. Louis region with 500,000 sq. ft. of much quire equipment that they do not have access to, but are and how to best incorporate them into their existing
needed wet lab space for developing companies coming available at the BRDG Park facility. Through the CRO, science curriculum. The teachers are also be given the
out of local business incubators and universities. The the college will provide a service to the local industry, opportunity to visit some of the major employers for
opportunity of collaboration between the community while building lasting relationships with start-up com- technicians within the region to gain an understand-
college and these companies is seemingly unlimited. panies that will become employers of graduates from ing for the job opportunities available for students who
the technician program in the future. These projects complete the A.A.S. degree at St. Louis Community
The STLCC space within BRDG Park includes office will be completed utilizing bench technicians trained College and how the students can then go on to ad-
space for the Center for Plant and Life Sciences and in the technician programs within the umbrella of the vanced degree programs should they wish to do so.
the teaching faculty, a 30 person teaching classroom, STLCC Center for Plant and Life Sciences, which in-
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The Center for Plant and Life Sciences
a t S T. L O U I S C O M M U N I T Y C O L L E G E
The Center of Excellence provides
and training for the area’s plant-
and life-sciences work force.
A community partner in the
development of emerging-
technologies programming to
support the regional plant- and
Clinical Laboratory Technology
For more information about the
Center for Plant and Life Sciences,
visit www.stlcc.edu or contact
Dr. Richard Norris at 314-513-4951
or at email@example.com.
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GENETIC CORRELATION PATENTS
FACE COURT CHALLENGE
By Vincent M. Keil
Timothy B. McBride
(l to r)
The American patent system encourages innovation to breast cancer, the claims may be unpatentable under its isolation and removal from the environment? Yes,
through a pivotal balancing of public and private in- current Federal Circuit authority. according to the ACLU. It argues that the Myriad pat-
terests. The exclusive right of patent protection is only ents constitute overprotection, and hinder the progress
available for an invention if it is an advancement of the The ACLU also asserts that certain of Myriad’s method of further research more than promote it.
“useful arts,” i.e., it must have utility, and it must be new claims cover “abstract ideas or basic human knowledge
and non-obvious. and/or thought,” and therefore violate the First Amend- But in exchange for disclosing discovery of a correlation
ment. The logic would be that a patent claim cannot be between a particular gene and a cancer, aren’t the inven-
The American Civil Liberties Union sued Myriad Ge- valid if it were infringed by viewing the results of a ge- tors entitled to a limited monopoly over their invention?
netics in 2009 challenging the patentability of claims netic test and reaching a conclusion in one’s head about In the case of gene patents, and the potential benefits to
involving the correlation of genetic mutations to pre- a predisposition to breast cancer. human health, the ACLU asserts this bargain too heav-
disposition to breast cancer, and claims covering cer- ily favors the patent holder.
tain BRCA genes themselves, in isolated and purified Patent Claims Covering Isolated and Purified
form. The US Patent Office, Myriad, and the University Gene The patent system requires an inventor to disclose how
of Utah Research Foundation filed motions to dismiss the invention was made and how it can be used, which
the lawsuit for lack of standing, lack of subject matter The US Supreme Court held in Diamond v. Chakrabarty information other scientists can use in their own re-
jurisdiction, and as barred by the sovereign immunity. (1980) that a genetically-engineered bacterium capable search. However, in the case of a gene patent, the pat-
The US District Court for the Southern District of New of breaking down multiple components of crude oil, a ented genetic sequence is the useful information. The
York denied these motions in November 2009, so the property that no known naturally-occurring bacteria claims may dominate and foreclose further research and
suit will go forward. possessed, was patentable. Finding that Congress in- improvements, because the patented genetic sequence is
tended the statute to cover “anything under the sun that identical to those actually present in nature. On the
Patent Claims Covering Using Genes for is made by man,” the Court concluded that the bacterium other hand, the information required to be disclosed
was a “nonnaturally occurring manufacture or composi- by the patentee can be used by subsequent scientists to
Diagnosis and Prediction
tion of matter.” So under Chakrabarty, a naturally oc- discover other genetic markers that correlate with an in-
curring article, such as a bacterium, may be patentable creased risk of developing the same condition. Without
The ACLU has challenged the patentability of Myriad’s
if the end product has been sufficiently altered by the the Myriad patents — i.e., if the patented correlation
patent claim in U.S. Patent No. 6,033,857 which covers
inventors. Similarly, naturally occurring genes are pat- were immediately dedicated to the public — isn’t there
comparing a sequence of a patient’s BRCA2 gene with
entable when they are purified into isolated sequences less economic incentive to search beyond the current,
a sequence of a normal BRCA2 gene and making an
of nucleotides. and perhaps inferior, knowledge of genetic markers for
assessment of predisposition to breast cancer based on
the particular cancer?
The ACLU’s complaint takes issue with this proposi-
tion, asserting that an isolated and purified human gene We all lose if links between genetic mutations and can-
Under the Federal Circuit’s recent decision in In Re Bil-
possesses no patentable distinction over a gene naturally cer are not discovered. Patent protection is necessary
ski, a process is patentable only if it is tied to a particu-
occurring in the human body. The encoded information to encourage innovation in medical research into such
lar machine or apparatus, or it physically transforms an
is identical whether the gene remains in vivo or has been links. Research requires a substantial infusion of capital,
article into a different state or thing (In re Bilski, 545
isolated and purified ex vivo. at the risk of never paying off. By removing the ability
F.3d 943, 954, Fed. Cir. 2008). Myriad’s cancer pre-
to patent “isolated and purified” genes, we risk under-
disposition assessment process is not limited to a par-
protecting investments in genetic research. The court
ticular machine, so to be patentable it must qualify as The Patent Bargain: Balancing of Interests
considering ACLU’s claims must find a proper balance
transformative for patentability under Bilski. The Patent
between preserving financial incentive for medical re-
Office has interpreted the Bilski test as requiring a physi- By claiming an “isolated and purified” product of nature, search, and granting patent rights over naturally occur-
cal transformation. So to the extent Myriad’s process does one essentially side-step the long-standing prohi- ring matter.
involves only a transformation from information about bition on patenting a product of nature, since any com-
a gene’s sequence into information about predisposition mercial use of a natural product would likely begin with
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Bringing Value to Projects Through
by Ramin R. Cherafat trical and plumbing (MEP) systems, which represent
as much as 50% percent of the total construction
Laboratories of every cost, can benefit from modularization. Repetitive
type—academic, research, elements of the laboratory should be identified and
and production—continue placed to maximize efficiency and ease of construc-
to be designed and con- tion as much as possible. Multistory buildings can
structed even within the take advantage of stacking MEP systems, particularly
current economic recession. those that will rarely require reconfiguration in the
As the biotechnology industry future. Long lead items, such as fume hoods and
increasingly grows, the timely casework, can be designed and fabricated in advance
and efficient creation of these to obtain cost advantages.
facilities has become crucial,
so much so that architects, Retaining Future Flexibility
engineers, and construction Concurrent with modular design is the need for
managers must reexamine flexibility with future expansion or reconfiguration
previously accepted project of laboratory space.
delivery methods. The construction manager can evaluate the
The traditional design-bid- building shell and MEP systems with regard to
build approach, based on the cost-effective future expansion. For example, major
owner, architect, and contrac- components such as chillers, air-handling units, the
tor triad has demonstrated mechanical distribution system, various lab utility
several limitations within systems and exhaust systems may be selected with a
the laboratory building type. higher capacity to support future additions.
These limitations generally The additional capital investment in larger units often
center on cost control and is less than the future cost to replace these components
schedule delays. when expansion of the lab creates increased loads.
Both of these factors—cost In addition, the team can collaborate on the de-
and schedule—are so criti- sign of laboratory interiors to gain the most efficiency
cal that any project delivery in the manufacture and installation of casework, the
approach that can lessen the electrical system and lighting fixtures. The designa-
uncertainty associated with them will have a dra- tion of “flex zones,” or non-modular areas that can
matic decrease in risk to the owner. Delays and cost be reconfigured for new uses may be an attractive
overruns in laboratory projects will negatively affect strategy.
time to market in a production facility, for example,
or impair the educational program and research mis- Designed for Energy Efficiency
sion in an academic facility. and Sustainability
Recent experience in completing laboratory facili- Today, many owners are also asking their project
ties has shown that early inclusion of a construction teams to incorporate energy efficient, sustainable,
manager creates a material advantage to the overall engineering and construction technologies into new
project. The involvement of a construction profes- lab facilities. These include energy-efficient HVAC
sional may take several forms depending upon the and fume-hood systems, sustainable building prod-
design and construction contracts appropriate to a ucts, natural lighting and energy-conserving lighting
particular owner; regardless of the contract form, controls, and overall building control systems.
collaboration with the construction manager will Approximately 20 percent of all costs are hard
provide early and frequent cost and schedule data. construction costs, whereas approximately 80
Here is a look at several key issues of professional col- percent is allocated to the costs for maintaining
laboration and the construction manager’s contribu- operation throughout the lifecycle of the facility. The
tion to the project. construction manager can also provide the owner
with an analysis of the life cycle costs of the building
Designing to a Budget and assist in the selection of mechanical systems and
The construction manager should be involved at equipment. Operating costs, primarily mechanical
the commencement of design. An initial “order of and electrical systems, can be many times the con-
magnitude” cost estimate, based on the facility’s mis- struction cost; collaborating with the design team,
sion and uses, square footage, types of laboratory and the construction manager can establish these costs
office spaces, design and size of major building sys- and save the owner significant expenditures over the
tems, is prepared at this stage. While this early cost operating life of the facility.
estimate will include a contingency, it will serve to Owners and project teams are also designing labo-
establish and validate the overall scope of the project. ratory spaces that enable greater collaboration among
As design proceeds, the construction manager will scientists in a number of disciplines. For example,
continue to refine the cost estimate and simultane- laboratories often include open spaces and movable
ously develop the construction schedule and evaluate casework to enable multi-disciplinary research and
be quality of systems. This iterative approach allows development teams to work more closely together.
the architect/construction manager team to constant- These types of requirements can be incorporated
ly evaluate the value of each design decision and, more cost-effectively when the project team consid-
in conjunction with the owner, adjust the design as ers them early in the design phase.
needed or desired. Once construction documents are
completed, the cost estimate, having been continu- Ramin R. Cherafat is a Partner and Vice President of Opera-
ously developed, will be reasonably accurate and tions with McCownGordon Construction. A construction
should have a contingency in the 3-5% range. manager with an M.B.A. in Finance, Cherafat has exten-
sive experience in construction management, design-build
Modular Construction and Layout and general contracting for the bio-sciences field, including
Modular construction and layout of the building pharmaceutical firms and academic institutions. He can be
can realize significant cost savings. Mechanical, elec- reached at 816-877-0651 or RCherafat@McCownGordon.com.
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When a partnership works,
all the pieces have come together.
At McCownGordon, we’re dedicated to building collaborative education project we work on. We’re finding better ways
partnerships. From clients to architects and subcontractors to to conserve resources, decrease maintenance, improve
suppliers, we understand a true partnership comes from an efficiency and flexibility, and educate college campuses and
integrated team established on day one. Without collaboration lifescience clients on how to enhance everyday operations.
and innovative teamwork, the partnership simply won’t fit We believe in fostering the growth and development of the
together. It requires commitment from all stakeholders to industry while helping our clients build facilities that will
make a project a success. provide their research and services needs long into the future.
As a collaborative construction manager, we are achieving
McCownGordon is continually thinking of ways to build greater, innovative results – while building a partnership that
innovative practices into each biotechnology and higher seamlessly fits together.
Partnering for Innovation and Excellence. It’s what makes us McCownGordon.
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— understand the complex and unique legal issues associated with required quick and efficient resolution. Our attorneys have litigated
the biotechnology, genomics and proteomics sectors. cases in federal district courts across the country and before the
Sonnenschein’s approach to the Biosciences is unparalleled. Cli- U.S. International Trade Commission. Those representations have
ents turn to us because they know we have the built-in capacity to spanned many industries, including automotive, biotech, consumer
handle the entire spectrum of legal issues and challenges within the electronics, hardware/networking, Internet, LCD panels and control-
life sciences arena, from high-stakes patent litigation, to the lifeblood lers, pharmaceuticals, medical/surgical devices, semiconductors and
of any venture, raising capital, to addressing the most obscure legal more.
and scientific issues in biotech, pharmaceuticals and agricultural
biotechnology. Laboratory, R&D and Administration
We have unmatched strength in the area of ag-biotech, a rapidly Sonnenschein offers our clients the full complement of skills nec-
growing technology specialization spanning the animal health indus- essary to assist them in developing, permitting, financing and con-
try, plant genomics, plant pathology, bioenergy research & develop- structing Bioscience projects from early concept through commercial
ment, and commercialization in the cleantech sector. We represent operation. We have experience with a spectrum of Bioscience proj-
food producers and distributors, protect patent portfolios, serve ects, including Bioscience business parks, University Laboratories,
the varying demands of the pharmaceutical industry, advise biotech Mixed Use LifeSciences Developments, R&D facilities, Bioscience,
startups and ventures, and address all aspects of disputes resolution, and a host of Bio-related or cleantech projects such as biomass, wind,
litigation and issues management. solar, geothermal, and tidal projects, among others. We assist clients
The firm’s Intellectual Property & Technology (IP&T) Practice in- with navigating site selection, environmental due diligence, site
cludes registered patent attorneys, former patent examiners and pro- acquisition or leasing, planning and zoning matters, financing, and
fessional staff who are graduates of many of the top U.S. law schools, state, local and federal permitting and compliance for facilities of all
graduate schools, undergraduate programs, and bring their array of sizes, building types and uses. These efforts complement the exper-
experience and capabilities in virtually all technical areas of IP law to tise we offer in subdividing university owned property or facilities,
bear on opportunities presented by firm clients. Among our inter- on-site hosting of disparate uses, and identification of development
disciplinary team members are a large number of Ph.D.s, giving us the opportunities for university property, existing or proposed facilities,
resources to support our clients in life sciences and related industries and operations including development agreements with surrounding
with an impressive arsenal of counseling, advice and client service. property owners, communities or other governmental or private enti-
ties. We also assist with the variety of “green” technology retrofits,
Technology Transfer/Spin-Outs upgrades or enhancements that are being implemented in cities and
Technology transfer has become an essential business develop- states across the nation.
ment strategy for research institutions and universities looking to Our team is versed in assisting clients with the federal and state
capitalize on their intellectual property. Sonnenschein’s considerable incentives, credits, loan guarantees and other benefits available
experience representing universities, venture capital firms and cor- to Life Sciences, Biotech R&D, or production projects, renewable
porate/strategic investors in technology transfer transactions allows energy projects, and the wide array of funding opportunities made
us to structure transactions that benefit all parties. available by the recently enacted American Recovery and Reinvest-
Sonnenschein has played a leading role in technology commer- ment Act or other state and local stimulus initiatives.
cialization efforts involving a broad spectrum of industry players.
We excel at managing the relationships among parent companies,
founders, management and venture communities across a wide range
of areas, including corporate structuring, intellectual property, tax,
accounting and strategic finance. Our vast experience in this respect The ethical rules of some states require us to identify this document as attorney advertising material. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.
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Sonnenschein Ranks Nationally in the Top 10
Sonnenschein is among the leading national law firms and is renowned for providing
cutting-edge emerging growth and Fortune 500 technology and life sciences companies,
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convergence of finance, strategy, policy and law. Our clients in the life sciences industry
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Our success is driven by a multidisciplinary team comprised of more than 200 attorneys,
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Harness Dickey is among the nation’s
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• Medtronic, Inc.
• Michigan State University
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to operate and returns an annual profit of 26.3 awards more than $60 million to 5,000-plus approximately $250 million comprises about 4
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ogy, Rolla. Foundation Program including transportation, early childhood special Performance-Based Assessment Program (MAP) testing for math and
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Missouri Innovation Park = Innovation
and Collaboration in the 21st Century
chains seek to build competitive
advantage by linking value-added
production, pricing, access to
research and development, and
integration of their knowledge-
based workers, the results are
successful industry clusters. These
clusters possess, and will produce
without fail, capital attraction, new
business start-ups, co-location of
high-growth companies linked to
the regional industry clusters, and
concentrations of highly produc-
tive workers, knowledge-based
jobs, and research and investment
linkages tied to the region’s clus-
Over the past three years leaders
from the Blue Springs City Coun-
cil, the Blue Springs EDC and Blue
Springs Growth Initiatives have
held extensive conversations with
MU to attract the university to Blue
Springs as the anchor tenant of the
Missouri Innovation Park (MIP).
The Blue Springs Growth Initia-
tives, with MU’s input, is develop-
ing a land use plan and master plan,
identifying development opportu-
nities, and crafting design guide-
lines. The “Mizzou Center,” the
first building planned for the Park,
would offer close proximity to
By Brien Starner, President high-tech, life sciences businesses,
Proposed land use concept, located at creating a unique opportunity for these businesses
Adams Dairy Parkway and R.D. Mize Road Blue Springs
Economic Development Corporation and MU faculty and resources to work side-by-side
in a collaborative and synergistic approach.
Over the past 4 plus years the Blue Springs com- MU plans to create a significant presence in Blue
munity has had the unique opportunity to witness Springs by leasing office space in the very near future.
and learn first-hand about growth and develop- MU intends to immediately lay the foundation for
ment drivers and opportunities that are shaping the building corporate, civic, research and alumni out-
community and the region’s economic environment reach and collaboration that links MU more directly
and future. Blue Springs, with a population nearing to the region’s 2.4 million residents and 20,000 plus
57,000 and an annual growth rate of 2%, is poised to companies, particularly the linkages to animal health
position itself in the Kansas City region and within and nutrition and sustainable energy. The plans
the global economy, particularly in light of the recent to engage area utilities, agriculture, research facili-
favorable announcements from the University of Mis- ties, engineering expertise, and finally the region’s
souri (MU) and their future plans for Blue Springs historic connection to agriculture and valued added
and the Missouri Innovation Park. food production focus are at the forefront of global
Growth and prosperity operate on a continuum demand for our region’s products which will increase
which both ebbs and flows through communities, over time. And, these plans strongly align with MU’s
states and countries. The jarring economic transition strategic goals in such areas as: Translational Medi-
we are experiencing today makes understanding each cine/Animal Health, Sustainable Energy, and Food
community’s place in the global marketplace more For the Future.
important than ever. By examining local and regional MU’s interest in Blue Springs allows the com-
economic advantages, both local and regional assets munity to integrate competitive advantages that start
can be strategically leveraged to a competitive advan- with the State of Missouri, extend to MU, and link
tage amongst global peers. our region to the global market-place. This collabora-
Competition is healthy for the economy, and tive goal is to create high-wage paying 21st century
its highest form is found when a concentration of knowledge-based jobs that create value-linkages to
a region’s wealth, assets and knowledge combine higher education, which in turn support and re-
through groupings of business and industry clusters, inforce area employers and their ability to prosper
as in examples like: IT and Silicon Valley; Bio-Med in the global marketplace in the years and decades
and San Diego; or Financial Services and New York, ahead.
London or Tokyo. Clusters are not static but con- More information about the City of Blue Springs
stantly are changing and only remain viable if they are can be found at: www.ThinkBlueSprings.com. In-
dynamic, which historically is driven through both formation about the Missouri Innovation Park can be
public and private research linked to a knowledge- found at: www.MissouriInnovationPark.com.
based workforce in-turn supported through all levels
of K-12 and higher education and workforce training. Brien Starner is the President of the Blue Springs Economic
It is reasonable to agree that when concentrations Development Corporation, 1600 NE Coronado Drive, Blue
of similar companies and their customer and supplier Springs, MO 64015, (816) 228-0208
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• Located in the KC Animal Health Corridor, the largest
industry cluster concentration of animal health and
nutrition science interests in the world
• Cutting edge corridor for scientific and technology innovation
• Unique and focused business clusters supported through
• University of Missouri, the proposed anchor tenant, will house
research, continuing education and community outreach activities
focused on scientific and technical innovation
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Educating the next generation of scientists,
health care professionals, technicians and
researchers for bioscience professions.
n Twenty percent of Washburn’s allied health graduates go on to graduate school.
n The credentialing examination passing rates of allied health graduates exceeds the
national/state average for each discipline.
n Meeting the needs of the community by working with St. Francis Health Center and
Stormont Vail HealthCare and other health care organizations in providing new health care
programs to help fulfill current and future job openings.
n Since 1996, 84 percent of pre-medical students who applied have been accepted to medical
schools, including Harvard Medical School.
n Biology department graduates consistently score above the national average in the Major
Fields Test in Biology, taken each year by graduating seniors.
n A WU biology degree effectively prepares graduates to directly enter the work force or to
pursue advanced degrees in medical, dental, optometry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and
graduate school (M.S. & Ph.D. degrees).
n The biology department supports other disciplines by teaching courses required for
pre-nursing and pre-allied health programs.
n One hundred percent acceptance of baccalaureate students in medical, dental and graduate
programs in the past seven years.
n Degrees available in biochemistry, chemical forensic science and chemistry.
n Undergraduate research opportunities in analytical, inorganic, organic, physical,
forensic and biochemistry.
n Grants/stipends provided for undergraduate biomedical research, as part of the Kansas IDeA
Network of Biomedical Research Excellence sponsored by National Institutes of Health.
School of Nursing
n More than 2,500 professional nurses have graduated from the School of Nursing since its
inception in 1974.
n The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program prepares students as advanced practice
nurses as either nurse practitioners or clinical nurse leaders.
n Both the bachelor and master’s programs in the School of Nursing are approved by Kansas
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A dva n c e d R e s e a rc h S h a re d K n ow l e d ge Wo rl d - C l a s s Te a c h i n g
A Big Advance for the Little Soybean. Less Food, More Profit. Feed constitutes 60% Learning About Coral Reefs by Saving
Soybeans are one of the most important of cattle ranchers’ production costs. Animal Them. Thailand’s coral reefs are threat-
crops for their protein and oil, representing Sciences Researcher Jerry Taylor found the ened by damage from tourism and pollution.
a $30 billion industry in the U.S. CAFNR genetic reason why certain cows gain weight Students donned wetsuits and oxygen tanks
scientists have helped identify the 46,000 while eating less feed. He’s sharing this with to help transplant healthy coral scrubs from
genes in the soybean genome, allowing Missouri breeders who are replacing their a nursery to the damaged reefs.
researchers around the world to increase herds with the efficient varieties. Missouri is
food yields, develop new products and second in the nation in beef cows with more Weather Forecast: August 10, 1861.
improve existing ones. than 2 million cows on 68,000 farms. Mike Madden, an atmospheric sciences
sophomore, was curious — did an unexpected
Seeing Autism. 1.5 million kids have this Studying Droughts by Making Them. rain shower at the Wilson’s Creek Battle
brain development disorder and there are Droughts have a devastating effect on during the Civil War save Missouri for the
no objective clinical tests to diagnose it. Bio- farms. In Missouri and the world, droughts Union? To find out, he became a weather
engineering researchers recently developed are the leading cause of crop failure. detective to create a forecast 150 years
a test using modified ophthalmology devices Unpredictable droughts are hard to study back in time decades before there were US
to measure the slower pupil responses kids unless you make your own, which is what weather stations.
with autism have to light flashes. Such a CAFNR plant scientists are doing in four new
diagnostic method will identify autism rain shelters. These devices will allow the A Solution to Pollution. Each year, millions of
sooner and better monitor treatment results. researchers to study ways to allow plants to tons of waste bottles, broken glassware and
remain productive during dry conditions. light bulbs foul landfills. Sam McKee, study-
Healthy Ice Cream? Food Scientist Ingolf ing forestry, had an idea — grow tomatoes in
Gruen is making the confection into a Uranium Traps. Biochemist Judy Wall is the broken glass. His solution is less expensive
functional food, adding nutrients such as using sulfate-reducing bacteria to clean up than conventional hydroponic methods.
fiber, antioxidants and probiotics to radioactive residue that has leeched into the
premium ice cream. soil from Cold War production factories. Chasing a Winter Phenomenon.
Thundersnow is a rare event that can dump
The Right Animal for the Job. Lab mice How Much More? Forestry Researcher dangerous amounts of snow. Its trigger is
are a poor source of stem cells for research. Francisco Aguilar is determining how much little understood. Storm-chasing students use
Pigs, with similar heart and lungs to people, more consumers will pay for certified forest radar to find these rare clouds and
are a better model. CAFNR scientists are products — information that will help release weather balloons into them every
capturing fibroblasts from pigs and making Missouri producers profitably go green. 90 minutes, giving meteorologists new data
them think that they are stem cells, something to improve forecasts.
that could lead to new therapies for human
College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
University of Missouri
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1 in nation
2 in nation
Blake Peterson, KU distinguished
professor of medicinal chemistry,
with researcher Runzhi Wu.
In the heart of the nation and the center of the bi-state
life sciences corridor is the University of Kansas.
A national leader in cancer-drug research, in the past decade. Annually we spend
KU has a long record of research col- more than $300 million on research.
laboration. We have attracted an honor Next up: The goal of NCI designation to
roll of researchers and scientists and have bring the region access to the newest,
invested nearly $200 million in bioscience most promising cancer therapies and
research and education infrastructure laboratory discoveries.
A great place to be
LEARN MORE AT KU CANCER CENTER KU MEDICAL CENTER, LAWRENCE CAMPUS
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K-State pushes on
An artist’s rendering of the K-State Olathe campus.
Kirk Schulz leading
K-State life sciences
efforts in the region
T hirteen is turning out to be a lucky
number for Kirk Schulz.
As Kansas State University’s 13th
aided the selection of K-State for this
Center of Excellence,” Schulz said.
“Because zoonotic diseases can spread
president, Schulz is getting the opportu- from animals to humans and vice versa,
nity to lead the university in its role as this center will be important to protecting
a national leader in animal health and human health as well.”
food safety research and making K-State As K-State’s president, Schulz also is
the western anchor for the Kansas City impacting and inﬂuencing the growth
Animal Health Corridor. of the Biosecurity Research Institute, A preliminary rendering of the National Agro and Bio-defense Facility.
Leading a university to excellence in a $54 million biosafety-level 3 facility
life sciences isn’t new to Schulz. Before at K-State’s Pat “K-State Olathe is certainly central
he came to K-State, Schulz was vice Roberts Hall. to our engagement with the
president for research and economic In November metropolitan area as a link
development at Mississippi State Univer- 2009 — less than to K-State’s many resources.”
sity, where he worked to bring research two months after
opportunities to that university. Schulz’s inau- Kirk Schulz, K-State president
Now, Schulz’s role as K-State’s presi- guration — the
dent is to bring those opportunities not Arthropod-Borne
just to K-State’s main campus, but also to Animal Disease region.
its Olathe campus and the whole region. Research Labora- Moreover, the report touted K-State’s
“I have a strong appreciation for the tory announced Olathe campus for increasing the
critical role that K-State has to the future Kirk Schulz it was relocating university’s presence in the Kansas City
of the state of Kansas, and it is an honor to Manhattan be- metropolitan area for bringing forth pro-
for me to lead this great institution,” he cause of the partnership with K-State and grams and resources that can strengthen
said. its location in the animal health corridor. the region’s education and research
Since Schulz was named K-State presi- When Schulz joined K-State, he also capacity.
dent in February 2009, the university has inherited the enviable task of oversee- Initially, K-State’s Olathe campus will
made signiﬁcant strides in its commit- ing the progress of the National Bio and focus on commercially viable applied
ment to animal health, food safety and Agro-defense Facility, a more than $600 research and technology discovery in
life sciences. Most recently, K-State was million federal research laboratory for animal health and in food safety and
named a Center of Excellence in zoo- animal health to be built on K-State’s security. The campus’s ﬁrst building is Regents Distinguished Professor
notic and animal disease defense and is campus. the National Institute for Animal Health Jürgen Richt is one of K-State’s
set to receive $12 million from the U.S. Then on Nov. 12, the Greater Kansas and Food Safety, which broke ground in renowned animal health experts.
Department of Homeland Security to City Community Foundation released November 2009. The $28 million facility
support the endeavor. a ﬁve-year progress report on its Time will house educational and lab spaces to are being recognized for their value to
“K-State’s research focus on zoonotic to Get It Right plan. The report noted support research, education and technol- the greater Kansas City area,” Schulz
diseases and animal health, the unique K-State’s success in landing these two ogy commercialization in animal health said. “K-State’s Olathe campus is cer-
research capabilities of the Biosecurity major federal laboratories and their abil- and food safety. tainly central to our engagement with the
Research Institute and experienced and ity to bring economic development and “I’m proud to see that so many of the metropolitan area as a link to K-State’s
world-renowned faculty researchers all translational research opportunities to the great things K-State is doing for Kansas many resources.”
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and Health Care
Missouri’s economic future is tied to biotech and life sciences.
Follow important developments in these areas in Kansas City and St. Louis.
St. Louis Business Journal Focus Sections, Top 25 Lists and How To Articles
May 7 Health Care: Cancer
May 14 Technology
May 28 Missouri Research and Develoment Institutions List
June 25 Cancer Centers List
July 2 How to Choose an Intellectual Property Attorney
August 27 Health Care Heroes
Kansas City Business Journal Focus Sections
April 30 Biotech & Life Sciences
August 20 Biotech & Life Sciences, Focus on Animal Health
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The Midwest’s Bio-Innovation Belt welcomes
BY MICHAEL F. NICHOLS National Bio and Agro-defense facility, which university’s strengths in infectious diseases research
will be America’s first line of defense in the war include West Nile Virus and tick-borne diseases,
Universities across Missouri and Kansas, as well against animal and agricultural disease. This lab such as Lyme disease, Tularemia and Ehrlichiosis.
as nearby states, have numerous research facilities will complement efforts of its biosafety level-3 Also on Mizzou’s campus is America’s most
and innovative programs that afford a wide range lab for high-level research on food animals, food powerful university-operated nuclear research
of world-class collaborative opportunities for crops and food processing; reactor, which supports MU’s pioneering work in
existing businesses and start-up companies. • The University of Kansas’ research strengths in
With several billions of dollars of research comparative human and animal health research,
drug development and discovery, which encompass radioisotope production and nanomedicine.
under way every year, these public and private
institutions are cultivating distinctive expertise biomedical devices and bio-sensing technology that The plant sciences research/commercialization
across the entire spectrum of plant-animal-human monitors brain chemistry during research on brain activities spanning both states (with particular
health research. We believe the global potential disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s concentrations in the greater St. Louis area and
for this Bio-Innovation Belt is limitless, bringing diseases. KU is ranked second in the nation for NIH- extending westward) further the region’s research
important new jobs and businesses to the funded pharmacy research; across the plant-animal-human health spectrum.
Midwest. • Washington University, a leading NIH-funded We invite businesses, entrepreneurs and investors
The University of Missouri System is pleased institution, which is home to numerous advanced to collaborate with our region’s collection of world-
to bring together at this summit many of the chief medical technologies and a renowned Genome class scientists as our area strengthens its position
researchers, businesses, policymakers and venture Sequencing Center; and as a globally recognized center for bio-innovations.
capitalists across the Midwest and beyond who are • The University of Missouri’s regional
committed to implementing this vision. biosafety level-3 research facility, which includes Michael F. Nichols is vice president for research
The breadth and depth of strategically important an aerobiology suite for delivery of agents and and economic development at the University of
initiatives in the region are considerable, and include: therapeutics, as well as an animal lab that develops Missouri System. He can be reached at 573-882-
• Kansas State University’s new $600M+ experimental models of infectious diseases. The 6726 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Missouri System
Enterprise Investment Program
The University of Missouri System invites
start-up companies and entrepreneurs interested
in collaborating with researchers at any of its
four campuses to apply for funds from its newly
announced Enterprise Investment Program.
The three-year, $5 million program will help
fund start-up businesses in Missouri that are
dedicated to moving the discoveries of university
faculty from the laboratory to the marketplace,
creating more high-quality jobs and building the
state’s tax revenue base.
Evaluation of business plans and proposed
use of the funds will begin this summer. Eligible
parties must be:
• located in Missouri,
• committed to commercializing university-
owned intellectual property, and
• willing to grant the university an equity
interest in the venture.
For more information on the program or to
apply, contact the University of Missouri Office
of Research and Economic Development at
Across Missouri, the University of Missouri’s four campuses are engaged in collaborations with businesses at 10
research commercialization facilities—not including work under way at 16 agriculture research facilities.
For more information, please visit umsystem.edu/red.
Thank you to summit sponsors
Silver Sponsors Bronze Sponsors
Analytical Bio-Chemistry Laboratories Inc. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
Bayer Animal Health Burns & McDonnell
Cerner Corporation Kansas City Area Development Council
Gold Sponsors JE Dunn Construction Kansas City Southern Charitable Fund
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation KCP&L Nidus
Polsinelli Shughart PC Thompson Coburn LLP
Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP Media Sponsors
Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP Kansas City Business Journal
Teva Neuroscience St. Louis Business Journal