Regional Research

CritiTech specializes in optimizing the delivery of challenging drug substances—potent molecules, poorly soluble compounds and biomolecules.CritiTech specializes in optimizing the delivery of challenging drug substances—potent molecules, poorly soluble compounds and biomolecules. The Kansas Research Nexus region includes the Kansas state capital, two Big XII research universities and three of the state of Kansas' six metro areas just 85 miles apart, and provides an unprecedented opportunity for collaboration and growth for your company. Over 13,500 graduates annually come from three major universities within the region to provide industry and research talent along with nationally-recognized quality of life for its citizens.

The Kansas Research Nexus comprises the western portion of the larger Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC) region. The streamlined focus of the region allows for a more concentrated effort in building a sustainable knowledge base in key areas. Those areas of expertise and focus include advanced manufacturing, distribution and logistics operations, advanced energy, and human and animal health sciences.

Because of this single largest concentration of animal health expertise in the world, the Kansas Research Nexus is an integral part of the region's Animal Health Corridor which not only produces nearly one-third of the $19 billion global market in animal care services and products each year, but includes more than 70 global or U.S. headquarters of industry companies. (For a full list of regional Kansas-based companies and other resources, please click here.) Research assets of the area include:



Kansas Bioscience Authority  The Kansas Bioscience Authority's researchers are making breakthroughs in oncology, medical devices, and other areas of human health, and delivering bioenergy solutions to the nation.  They also focus on animal and plant research to maintain the safety of the nation's food supply. 

Kansas Bioscience Organization  KansasBio is a unified voice representing the biosciences in Kansas. Across the human, plant, animal and industrial biosciences, KansasBio is focused on enhancing the business and research climate and working with leaders across the state to attract and retain bioscience talent, companies and funding.

KansasBio is a state affiliate organization of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). BIO is a national organization representing more than 1,000 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations in all 50 U.S. states and 33 other nations. KansasBio enjoys the benefits of membership in BIO as well as the Council of State Bioscience Affiliates.

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Lawrence/Douglas County, Kansas:

Lawrence/Douglas County supports a wide range of businesses with a focus on bioscience, animal health and animal science, medical research and pharmaceutical development. Bioscience companies benefit from the presence of the University of Kansas, the University of Kansas Hospital, Lawrence Memorial Hospital and our business incubator, the Bioscience & Technology Business Center.

The University of Kansas Cancer Center is transforming cancer research by combining an innovative approach to drug discovery, delivery and development with its nationally-accredited patient care program. Research programs include:

  • Cancer biology
  • Cancer prevention
  • Cancer control and population health
  • Drug discovery, delivery and experimental therapeutics

The presence of the University of Kansas fosters a spirit of innovation in research throughout the community. The KU Center for Research (KUCR) is a not-for-profit research foundation that operates for the benefit of the university.

The KU Center for Technology Commercialization is a 501 (c) (3) jointly-controlled by KUCR and the KU Medical Center Research Institute, with its own 13-member Board. Established in 2008, its goal is to ensure public benefit from KU research through effective technology transfer.

Lawrence is also home to the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CrESIS), a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center established in 2005. Its mission is to develop new technologies and computer models to measure and predict the response of sea level change to the mass balance of ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica.

More detailed information on key research areas and technology transfer may be found at:

  • The KU Center for Research with a full listing of all KU Research Centers
  • The KU Center for Technology Commercialization with its strong tradition of effective technology transfer built on research in fields such as drug development and delivery, human development, biosciences, biofuels, information technologies and remote sensing.
  • The University of Kansas Cancer Center, a research and treatment center currently working through the process to obtain National Cancer Institute designation.
  • The Bioscience & Technology Business Center is an incubator promoting local bioscience and technology industries. The center combines three fundamental resources necessary to successfully grow startup companies and collaborations including state-of-the-art wet lab facilities; access to the University of Kansas research and expertise; and capital raising and consulting services.

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Topeka/Shawnee County, Kansas:

  • Hill's Pet Nutrition Science and Technology Center Hill's Pet Nutrition, headquartered in Topeka, is one of the world's largest research and development facilities for canine and feline health research, this company maps dog and cat genomes at its Science & Technology Center also located in Topeka. This research has proven significant to a greater body of work with a 90 percent application to human science research. Hill's scientists author more than 50 research papers and textbook chapters each year and teach at leading schools of veterinary medicine all over the world.  In addition to a staff of veterinarians and board-certified specialists in nutrition and internal medicine, they also have a staff of companion pets; ensuring pets get the most nutritious, best-tasting food available.
  • The Kanza Education and Science Park  Topeka's newest business park, Kanza Education and Science Park, is being developed as a destination for bioscience and renewable energy companies. With over 80 acres of land for bioscience/research companies, this park is the vision of USD 501 Topeka Public Schools, who are in the process of final site development. Plans include an exploration learning center for USD 501 students, a STEM High School, wind power generation, emerging technology, and business locations within the park.
  • Cotton - O'Neil Research Center, a Division of Stormont-Vail HealthCare  Launched in 2004, the Cotton-O'Neil Clinical Research Center has more than 50 physicians enrolling in more than 150 active phase II through IV clinical trials. The Center conducts research in a vast range of primary care and sub-specialty indications for both out-patient and hospitalized patients, and enrolls participants from a 17 county geographic area. The Center provides efficient and high quality deliverables for sponsors, contract research organizations, and other institutions. Sponsors of the annual "Research Participant Appreciation Day," held the first Friday in November, the Center specializes in "real world" patient-centered research services and recognizes the valuable contribution of its 3,000+ pas participants to advancing  medical science. 
  • Community-Based Research at Washburn University Community-Based Research (CBR) is a collaborative and mutually beneficial enterprise between academic researchers (professors and students) and community that has as its goal social action and social change for the purpose of achieving social justice. The community partner organization works with faculty in all stages of the research process, which typically lasts the course of a semester (about 4 months) and can involve a selected number of students or an entire class.
  • Faculty and Student Research at Washburn University  Washburn business faculty conduct programs of research in their discipline areas. Whether creating new knowledge, contributing to their professions, or developing new ideas and materials for the classroom, our faculty maintain their intellectual capital and share their knowledge with our students and our community. Students also engage in research activities in their coursework and in other programs, including the Washburn Transformational Experience Creative and Scholarly Program and the Apeiron.
  • Washburn University School of Law's Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing Program was recognized again as a top program by U.S. News and World Report, in its 2012 rankings. Their legal writing program moved up to 13th in the nation. They are one of only a few law schools in the country with full-time, tenured and tenure-track legal writing faculty who are involved in service and scholarship in the national legal writing community.
  • Topeka Roundtable  The newly built Topeka Round Table is an attractive, 4-room focus group facility offering a comprehensive range of high-quality marketing research services. With state-of-the-art recording equipment, video and web conferencing, a test kitchen, brainstorming rooms, a comfortable holding room and lounge, mock trial space and multiple meeting rooms.

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Manhattan/Riley County, Kansas:

Manhattan, Kansas, home of Kansas State University, continues to expand its already formidable presence in animal health, food safety, food security, biosecurity research and engineering. Manhattan has been named as the site for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), run by the Department of Homeland Security. The $1.2 billion project will employ over 300 scientists and researchers and generate $3.6 billion in economic impact during its first 20 years of operation. More than 160 K-Staters are involved in food safety and security and animal health research; in 2011 the funding base for research was over $220 million.

ABADRUthe Arthropod Bourne Animal Disease Research Unit conducts research on livestock diseases that are transmitted by arthropods (i.e. insects, ticks and spiders). ABADRU is part of K-State's Center for Grain and Animal Health Research (CGAHR).

American Institute of BakingAIB provides Food Safety Inspections, Audits, and Certifications, Food Safety Education, and Research & Technical Services. Their renowned School of Baking offers the best educational experience in the baking industry to students from North America and around the world.

CEEZADthe Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases works to enhance the capability of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop "state of the art" countermeasures for high priority emerging and zoonotic animal diseases. This includes vaccines, detection, and epidemiology/modeling initiatives.

Biosecurity Research Institute -- a $58 million federal project ensuring protection of the nation's food supply. In 2008 the BRI received $1.5 million from the Kansas Bioscience Authority to add high-end video capabilities, and was the first facility in the nation to host the National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program's Biosafety and Biocontainment curriculum.

Kansas State University Grain Science Complex -- the first professional institute in the U.S. to provide technical training in support of market development activities for U.S. grains and soybeans. Agricultural and business courses are taught to students from around the globe.

K-State Institute for Commercialization -- a not-for-profit organization focusing on technology transfer and commercialization of over 1,100 patents donated by Fortune 500 and tech companies. One example of this commercialization process is NanoScale Corporation, which develops NanoActive materials and products such as FAST-ACT, a chemical hazard containment and neutralization system. Hazardous spills can be contained, neutralized and safely removed.

Garminin 2012 Garmin International Inc. will expand its engineering internship program through the opening of a new software engineering facility at K-State. Students will work side-by-side with Garmin engineers and get hands-on experience developing the next generation of Garmin GPS products.

General Electric Aviationin 2007 General Electric Aviation selected Kansas State University for a University Development Center to be located in Manhattan. Work performed at the site includes software development, verification and validation, mechanical design and hardware design.

Bioprocessing and Industrial Value Added Program (BIVAP) -- fosters research focused on turning Kansas crops into value-added products and testing cutting-edge processes used to produce new grain-based food and non-food products. This includes everything from biodegradable shell casings to disposable knives and forks made out of grain.

Grain Marketing and Production Research Centerthe USDA's main facility for conducting research on measuring and controlling the quality of cereal grains throughout the grain industry. Initiatives include study of wind erosion, grain quality and safety, and control of insect pests.

Kansas Wheat Innovation Center – Manhattan is home to the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, Kansas Wheat Commission, and Heartland Plant Innovations, which develops and commercializes new genetic traits for wheat, sorghum and native plants.

Animal Vaccines -- Kansas State is an acknowledged leader in the development of animal vaccines, such as those that combat West Nile virus.

Terry C. Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research – located on the K-State campus, the Center's mission is: "…to further the understanding of cancers – thereby leading to improved methods of treatment – by continuously advancing research and enhancing graduate and undergraduate education and training programs, meanwhile promoting public awareness and prevention through community outreach."