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Midwest Research Institute Expands in Kansas to Support Regional Economic Development in Animal Health, Biosecurity, and Bioenergy Sectors
Date:3/31/2009

xecutive Vice President and Director of Research Operations at MRI and will become President and CEO on October 1, 2009, following Spigarelli's retirement which was announced earlier this year.

MRI has a strong heritage that began 65-years ago when civic leaders established MRI in Kansas City, Mo., as a scientific research institute to support industry and create jobs for the region. From its beginning, MRI has supported the region, including both sides of the Kansas and Missouri state line, with innovations and technology development that have made the Institute one of the nation's leading independent research institutes in the areas of national security and defense, energy and environment, agriculture and food safety and the life sciences. MRI also has labs in Florida and Maryland and has managed and operated the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in Golden, Colo., for the U.S. Department of Energy since its inception in 1977.

"MRI has forged strong working relationships with leaders at K-State and the state of Kansas, both the state and federal level, that have resulted in promising economic development opportunities in three of MRI's largest growth sectors - animal health, biosecurity, and energy," Helmstetter said. "We commend the support and leadership of our Kansas constituents who are making these opportunities a reality."

According to Helmstetter, Midwest Research Institute-Kansas, LLC, will begin with a focus in three key areas:

  • Animal Health Research - Midwest Research Institute-Kansas, LLC, will initially focus on animal health research efforts to support the region's animal health corridor with new developments in nutrition, medicines and the commercialization of related technology and health products.
  • Biosecurity - MRI and K-State are forming a new collaborative entity to facilitate research relevant to the National Bi
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