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Propylon first tenant in center

August 29, 2010

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A Dublin-based computer technology firm has become the first tenant for Lawrence’s new bioscience and technology incubator.

Officials with Propylon confirmed that they are in the process of moving into the new incubator on Kansas University’s West Campus.

The company specializes in creating computer systems for state legislatures and has a contract with the state of Kansas to make the legislative process more e-friendly.

“One of the big problems for legislatures everywhere is the amount of paper involved in the legislative process,” said Sean McGrath, the company’s chief technology officer. “That’s what we’re trying to address.”

The company will have 14 positions in Lawrence to start, with plans to expand to 30 within the next two years. The company also has contracts with Pennsylvania and North Dakota, and it plans to make Lawrence the prime service center for those contracts.

Matt McClorey, director of the Lawrence Regional Technology Center and the manager of the incubator, said Propylon fit with the incubator’s goals even though it is not a bioscience company.

“We want to take a broad approach to assisting high-tech startups because we have a lot of potential beyond bioscience,” McClorey said.

McGrath said the company chose Lawrence because it wanted to be close to a major university to attract both computer engineers and law students.

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