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As Other States Pull Back, Kansas Accelerates Innovation Investments at Bio International Convention
Date:5/19/2009

$11 Million in New Projects Approved in Atlanta

ATLANTA, May 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Meeting at the world's largest bioscience and biotechnology convention, the Kansas Bioscience Authority has approved more than $11 million in new investments as part of a $581 million initiative to help researchers and businesses thrive in the state.

The funding decisions made at the Bio International Convention will create bioscience centers of innovation in biomaterials and plant biology, expand cancer drug development efforts, and create a strong bioenergy research partnership between the University of Kansas and the Archer Daniels Midland Company.

Centers of innovation

The Kansas Innovation Center for Advanced Plant Design will receive

$4 million over two years to develop advanced technologies for gene discovery, trait validation and crop improvement in order to deliver new products and production platforms. The global research team associated with the center will focus on emerging commercial opportunities for wheat and sorghum, crops in which Kansas has world- renowned leadership and expertise.

The center is a public and private collaboration of Kansas Wheat, Kansas State University, the University of Kansas, and many private investors. Within 10 years, the center is projected to create 36 patents, 20 commercial start-ups and 285 jobs.

The KBA also will invest $4 million in the Center of Innovation for Biomaterials in Orthopaedic Research to create medical instruments, medical devices, and composite implants that will improve the practice of orthopedic medicine. The center will focus on commercial viability, conducting research requested by industry to meet market needs and capitalizing on the concentration of composites expertise found in Wichita due to the state's longstanding aviation industry leadership.

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