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The Center for Animal Health Innovation (CAHI) Releases New Logo

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  1. 1. INSIDE THE CORRIDOR Spring 2012 Page 1Show Support for NBAF Recently, President Obama submitted his 2013 budget and did not include further funding for theNational Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, Kan. NBAF has been fully vetted and passed every approval process necessary for construction to begin,including recent design changes that will dramatically curb potential threats from the planned facility. Theofficial status update from the Department of Homeland Security confirms that they are committed tobuilding NBAF in Manhattan, Kan., and in the KC Animal Health Corridor. It is important that companies within the KC Animal Health Corridor maintain regional solidarity and remain diligent in support ofbuilding this new state-of-the-art NBAF. The purpose of NBAF is perfectly aligned with the work already being done by the 220 companies and 20,000 people employedin the animal health industry in the Kansas City region. The location in Manhattan, Kan., was chosen due to the proximity to theBiosecurity Research Institute that is already conducting very similar high-containment research. At the national level, the current facility in Plum Island is no longer ideal. The United States is the world’s largest agricultural exporter– imagine if those products were compromised. Our nation deserves a state-of-the art lab to fully protect our agricultural assets. For the KC region, the NBAF project is proof that our area is the center of the global animal health industry. NBAF represents anasset that would bring significant value, credibility and talent to the KC Animal Health Corridor. Please help us continue the message that NBAF needs to be built, and it needs to be built in the KC Animal Health Corridor.Contact your local elected officials to encourage on-going support from their offices and share your thoughts using your owncommunications channels.KC Animal Health Corridor Welcomes Prathista Industries Ltd. The KC Animal Health Corridor offers The research strengths and Prathista has a corporate presencea uniquely supportive environment full of collaboration opportunities within the in Uganda, the Philippines and thepromising opportunities for companies Corridor were major factors in the Netherlands. The Manhattan locationlooking to expand into the North American company’s decision to expand into within the KC Animal Health Corridor willmarket. In early 2012, Prathista Industries Manhattan. represent an expansion into the NorthLimited, an international animal health American market. company, selected the KC Animal Health Established in India in 1996, PrathistaCorridor to locate an R&D and production develops and manufactures eco-friendlyfacility. feed supplements and agricultural The company plans to create up to 10 nutrients to replace existing inorganic planjobs in Manhattan, Kan., while partnering nutrients and food additives. The companywith Kansas State University on research. utilizes fermentation manufacturingAfter continued R&D work, Prathista technology and has successfully launchedplans to construct a 52,000 sq. ft. organic fertilizer and pesticide productspermanent manufacturing facility, creating around the world. For more information,approximately 50 new jobs. go to
  2. 2. INSIDE THE CORRIDOR INSIDE THE CORRIDOR Spring 2012 Page 2 FALL 2007 page 3Farewell to The Center for Animal Health Innovation (CAHI)KCALSI Leader Releases New Logo By L. Patrick James, M.D., CAHI’s unique position of combining early stage seedChairman of the Board, KCALSI; funding and commercial exit options continues to attractSenior Managing Director, Quest significant interest from academic and entrepreneursDiagnostics alike. CAHI not only supports funding of innovative CENTER FOR technologies through its proof of concept funding, they On Inauguration Day 2009, I had also open the doors to follow-on funding in the form ofbreakfast with Dan Getman in a hotel investments, licensing, or industry-sponsored support. restaurant in St. Louis. Dan indicated that Through CAHI’s varied national and international Connec t, D i s c ov er, C r e at ehis goal for the next chapter in a most interactions, they further reinforce the Corridor’s positionimpressive career was to make a difference. as thought leader on animal health research within the industry and within other statesAfter just a few minutes of dialogue, I knew and countries with animal health initiatives. They aim to further strengthen the ability ofthat Dan was a superb candidate to be the the KC Animal Health Corridor to serve existing and prospective Corridor leader of the Kansas City Area LifeSciences Institute and a leader who could January Corridor Conversations Recapindeed make a difference in our regional The Corridor Conversations event on January 20 included a panel discussionLife Sciences initiatives. on various state incentives for the high tech sectors of the animal health industry. This Dan joined us in April of 2009 and well-attended event was held in conjunction with the Missouri Governor’s Conferencemoved quickly to understand the issues on Agriculture. Tony Simpson of the Kansas Bioscience Authority and Kim Young of theand opportunities from the perspectives Kansas City Area Development Council moderated the discussion. The panelists included:of the stakeholder institutions, strategicpartners, and civic and business o Jeff Boily, President and CEO, Center for Animal Health Innovationleaders. His integrity, collaborative style, o Dr. Albrecht Kissel, President and CEO, Boehringer-Ingelheim Vetmedicaand expertise in both the science andeconomics of the life sciences gained o Daryl Pint, CEO, Ceva Animal Health, Biomune CampusDan early and deep credibility as hestrengthened the Institute and focused o Kat Wood, Senior Business Manager, SCD Probioticsin on several key achievements such The attendees were treated to a very open discussion regarding the variousas the creation of the Center for Animal incentives available in both Kansas and Missouri, the process in obtaining incentives,Health innovation. Dan leaves KCALSI as well as success stories from the represented organizations on their course of actionas a much stronger when seeking state incentives. There was valuable information on how the Kansasorganization and one Bioscience Authority and the Missouri Technology Corporation can be of assistance tothat is ready to help companies looking at various economic development programs. lead the region to Corridor Conversations brings together industry experts and professionals to discussrealize its vision to be trends and issues in animal health. Corridor Conversations is made possible through thea national leader in the support of sponsors: Missouri Technology Corporation; Shook, Hardy, and Bacon, L.L.P.;Life Sciences. BCS Communications; GAIN; ABC Laboratories; and Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP. Dan Getman
  3. 3. INSIDE THE CORRIDOR INSIDE THE CORRIDOR Spring 2012 Page 3 FALL 2007 page 3Legislative Update The Chamber has been actively working with the region’scongressional delegation in Washington, D.C., as well as Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and his staff on the NBAF issue. In addition, on March 15, Representative Lynn Jenkins (KS-2) addressed a group atThe Chamber, and NBAF was an important topic (photo, right). There are several policy positions in the Chamber’s 2012 Federal,Kansas, and Missouri Public Policy agendas regarding animal and lifesciences. These agendas can be found on The Chamber’s website at Veterinary Assistant Program Bayer Acquisition to StrengthenGains NAVTA Credentials, Available Insecticides Market, KC AnimalThrough KC Animal Health Corridor Health Corridor With the recent approval from the National Association Bayer HealthCare’s Animal Health Division recentlyof Veterinary Technicians of America (NAVTA), the new announced its acquisition of the animal health insecticidesMetropolitan Community College’s (MCC) Veterinary business from KMG Chemicals Inc. Assistant program can now be offered throughout the KC Under the purchase agreement, Bayer will acquire KMG’sAnimal Health Corridor. leading brand of cattle insecticide ear tags in the U.S., Patriot As one of only six institutions in the country, the MCC cattle ear tag, and the insecticides Rabon and Permectrin.Veterinary Assistant program hopes to provide a pipeline of In addition, Bayer is purchasing the insecticide technology,skilled workers to a thriving regional industry. manufacturing equipment and inventory, further strengthening To earn the industry-associated credential, graduates of the KC Animal Health Corridor. the MCC program must take the NAVTA-approved Veterinary “It’s a complement to our current product portfolio and itAssistant exam. The gives us the opportunity to have a bit more robust solutionsprogram functions using for livestock and poultry producers,” said Bayer spokeswomanonline coursework and Staci Gouveia. hands-on experience at With the acquisition, Bayer plans to advance thelocal veterinary clinics. insecticides market and strengthen its animal health business. Graduates will enter the “We also believe that Bayer is the best company to help thisanimal health industry business realize its potential, and provides the level of serviceprepared for a variety of our customers expect and deserve,” said Neal Butler, CEO ofentry-level jobs including KMG Chemicals Inc.assisting veterinariansand veterinary technicians in clinics. The program will be available later this spring.
  4. 4. INSIDE THE CORRIDOR INSIDE THE CORRIDOR Spring 2012 Page 4 FALL 2007 page 3 Save the Date: Seventh Annual KC Animal Health Corridor Homecoming Pull on your cowboy hat and boots for the seventh annual KC Animal Health Corridor Homecoming. Mark your calendar and plan to join us to connect with nearly 800 members of the international animal health community on Monday, August 27, at Hale Arena in Kansas City, Mo. Visit and WVC Fourth AnnualNetworking Receptions Since 2006, the Kansas CityArea Development Council has led adelegation of regional animal healthindustry and community leaders insponsoring the Brakke Consultingnetworking reception during the NorthAmerican Veterinary Conference andWestern Veterinary Conference. The North American VeterinaryConference is recognized as one of thelargest gatherings of the animal healthindustry in the U.S. Co-sponsored bythe American Veterinary DistributorsAssociation, these receptions offer oneof the best opportunities to network andbuild relationships with the world’s mostinfluential animal health companies. The 84-year-old Western VeterinaryConference provides comprehensive 2012 Animal Health Investment Forumand interactive continuing education toveterinary professionals and networking The fourth annual KC Animal Health Investment Forum has been scheduled forfor the progressive veterinary community. Tuesday, August 28, at the Marriott Muehlebach hotel. Each year, animal healthThis year’s event was co-sponsored by entrepreneurs are given the opportunity to present their business plans to potentialthe AKC Canine Health Foundation. investors and strategic partners at the nation’s only investment forum selective to In total, this year’s receptions the animal health industry. This year’s event will showcase the continuum of earlyattracted 390 animal health industry stage animal health support in the Corridor with the addition of the Center for Animalleaders, exposing them to important Health Innovation. Global industry speakers will also cover relevant topics forcontacts and information on the assets growing animal health companies. Applications will be accepted beginning May 1 atof the KC Animal Health Corridor.
  5. 5. INSIDE THE CORRIDOR INSIDE THE CORRIDOR Spring 2012 Page 5 FALL 2007 page 3April Corridor Conversations Dr. Michael Cavanaugh, executive director of the AmericanAnimal Hospital Association, was the featured guest at theApril 12 Corridor Conversations event, which took place in TheChamber’s Board Room at Union Station. Dr. Cavanaugh, whowas in town from Denver, spoke to a packed room about theimpact of veterinary medicine and quality pet care on the animalhealth industry. Connect with us on LinkedIn Connect and virtually network with more than 400 members of the regional and national animal health industry as we discuss topics such as marketing opportunities and industry news. Go to LinkedIn and do a group search for KC Animal Health Corridor.