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

rd from the National Institutes of Health.

  • A $500,000 Collaborative Cancer Research Initiative (CCRI) investment will go to the University of Kansas Cancer Center and Scripps Research Institute. The research is intended to reduce the unwanted toxicity often associated with chemotherapy and improve the treatment of breast and prostate cancers.

  • A second $500,000 CCRI investment was approved to initiate Phase I clinical trials in the Wichita area through a partnership of the University of Kansas Cancer Center, Cancer Center of Kansas, Midwest Cancer Alliance and Via Christi Regional Medical Center. Phase I trials will complement the successful Phase II and III programs in Wichita and strengthen rural and regional treatment options.

  • A $600,000 project budget was committed for the KBA to support the University of Kansas Cancer Center's efforts to bring cutting-edge cancer treatments closer to home for millions of Kansans through National Cancer Institute designation.

Bioenergy research partnership

The KBA will provide $1.2 million over three years for bioenergy research at the University of Kansas Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis as a match to $1.2 million being invested by Archer Daniels Midland Company, which operates five processing plants, a technical center, and sales and distribution offices throughout Kansas. Research will focus on converting multiple feedstocks, including biomass, into a wide platform of fuels and chemicals to replace or improve upon petroleum-based products. The university will provide in-kind support valued at more than $334,000.

Approved investments are subject to final agreements between the KBA and inve
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