Archive for Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Veterinary research firm moving to Lawrence

A startup veterinary research company working to reduce the severity of a disorder that afflicts performance horses is relocating its corporate headquarters and operations to Lawrence from New York.

February 17, 2009, 11:06 a.m. Updated February 17, 2009, 2:17 p.m.


A startup veterinary research company working to reduce the severity of a disorder that afflicts performance horses is relocating its corporate headquarters and operations to Lawrence from New York.

ANOxA Corp. announced Tuesday morning that it would bring its main office along with its research and development operations to town from West Seneca, N.Y.

“Considering the Kansas City area’s concentration of animal health companies, universities excelling in veterinary research and potential animal health collaborators, we find this environment very appealing,” said Herman Haenert, president of ANOxA, in a statement. “We know this is where we need to be.”

The company is expected to have the Lawrence operation up and running within two months at 619 N. Second St., in North Lawrence. Haenert and two other employees will be based in Lawrence, and the company plans to hire another seven employees within five years.

ANOxA will receive $300,000 from the Kansas Bioscience Authority, along with other state incentives through the Kansas Department of Commerce.

The startup company recently patented its Eiphisol technology, which is envisioned as a treatment to control Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage, or EIPH, in horses.

Haenert described EIPH as a disorder commonly found in performance horses, and those that become afflicted are known as bleeders. Horses struck by EIPH range from standard breeds to thoroughbreds, he said, and include race horses, barrel racers and others.

ANOxA is preparing to seek FDA approval for its indictable treatment, which prevents scarring in horses’ lungs. One of the company’s board members, Jerry Guest, is former director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine.

If approved, Haenert said, the market for Eiphisol could be worth $200 million a year.

“There’s nothing like it on the market,” Haenert said Tuesday from the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas, a gathering of 14,000 scientists, professionals and industry representatives. “There’s no product that competes with it. There’s nothing that will treat it (EIPH) today. This product does so, so that’s the potential market worldwide.”

Beth Johnson, vice president for economic development at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, joined with the bioscience authority, the state’s commerce department, the Kansas City Area Development Council and also Kansas State University in helping convince ANOxA to choose Lawrence.

“ANOxA increases Lawrence’s footprint in the animal health corridor, thus making our community a stronger and more marketable location for that industry,” Johnson said.

ANOxA has proposed a contract with Aptuit Inc., a pharmaceutical company with operations in the Kansas City metro area, to handle synthesis of the treatment product.

“The opportunity for ANOxA to partner with area universities and companies specializing in animal pharmaceutical development is a great match for the corridor as well as ANOxA,” said Lynn Parman, vice president for life sciences and technology development at the Kansas City Area Development Council, in a statement.

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Sigmund 9 years, 2 months ago

Good news? Must be a misprint. Please dear god, don't let the City Commission screw this one up.

Trobs 9 years, 2 months ago

Time to hire an auditor to figure out how to handle this new influx of "business". It's been so long since the city had something like this they need to spend at least $300,000 to figure out the proper way to deal with it.

Trobs 9 years, 2 months ago

They didn't go through City Hall. They went through the Chamber of Commerce. Obviously this will require a lawsuit to stop the massive expansion of business in Lawrence and protect the already endangered empty buildings.

Marty_McFly 9 years, 2 months ago

I hoped they won't be taxed too much what with all of the gasses that they'll be letting out.

Noweigh 9 years, 2 months ago

Congrats to all, especially the Chamber, for helping get this done. Too bad American Eagle wasn't afforded the same treatment by our City. And to the no-growthers out there, how's it going so far in your efforts getting real replacement jobs for those that have recently lost them in the business park?
I've heard The Merc and La Primatazza are fully staffed.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 2 months ago

There must be some mistake. I see no mention of a tax abatement or the suspension of zoning regulations. And we all know it's not possible for any business to get established in this town without that. Like I said, there really must be some mistake.

naturalist 9 years, 2 months ago

You meant horses**t, didn't you, Hawk?

newshound25 9 years, 2 months ago

I would imagine these are the type of good paying jobs that Lawrence needs to attract to help keep our city moving in the right direction. This will only help everything from local retail businesses to real estate. Why are so many people in this town so negative when it comes to growth? We need people on city commission that think the same way. I believe Lance Johnson feels this way and would continue to work hard to attract good companies with good paying jobs.

Shane Garrett 9 years, 2 months ago

Where are all the "Naaaahhh" Sayers? Those old nags! Lawrence will not be a one horse town any longer. Will the race track out by 435 reopen?

rubyslipper 9 years, 2 months ago

Good point "newhound25" I've been watching Lance Johnson's campaign and this is proof of how his "5 point plan" would work for Lawrence. By bringing jobs to Lawrence you enhance the economy. He is definitely the kind of guy we need to work towards growing Lawrence.

Sigmund 9 years, 2 months ago

hawkperchedatriverfront (Anonymous) says… "Herman and his wife might enjoy a nice place on Elm Street in North Lawrence, won't be quite like Arizona but there is a river nearby and a walking trail."

Nope I got the place for them and according to the City of Lawrence's recent appraisal it is the only home in the US that actually appreciated in value while everything else went down.

spankyandcranky 9 years, 2 months ago

Interesting (the article, not the comments).

Sigmund 9 years, 2 months ago

hawkperchedatriverfront (Anonymous) says… "I hope this is not another culture farm."

Cleopatra's Secret? Activator Supply Company? Culture Farms? Let's hope not.

BigPrune 9 years, 2 months ago

I wonder if they had to hire an engineer so they can occupy the warehouse they'll be locating. Surely, Lance Johnson will put a stop to that requirement if elected since he's in that profession.

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