Archive for Thursday, September 1, 2011

Bioscience company moving from Santa Fe to Lawrence

September 1, 2011


Another bioscience company has announced its intention to lease new space at Kansas University’s Bioscience & Technology Business Center at 2029 Becker Drive.

Gyrasol Technologies will occupy 720 square feet in the building, and will come to Kansas with two employees on staff, joined by two just-hired scientists who are both KU graduates. Susan Burgess, CEO of Gyrasol, said the company plans to hire as many as 12 more positions in the next two years.

The company focuses on technology that predicts the kind of treatments that will work best for cancer patients, said Burgess, who graduated from KU with a doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology in 1980 before leaving Lawrence to work in the pharmaceutical industry.

She said she has formed four start-up companies since leaving the industry.

“It’s really gratifying to me that I can come back to Kansas and provide jobs for some really talented young scientists,” she said.

LaVerne Epp, president and chairman of the Lawrence-Douglas County Biosciences Authority, said his organization — along with other community partners like the Chamber of Commerce and Douglas County Development, Inc. —made a $225,000 investment in the new company as a loan to be paid back as the company grows.

Gyrasol is the sixth company to move into the BTBC building at KU, filling it to 66 percent capacity. A seventh company, Argenta, has announced its intention to move into the building as well. Once that move occurs, the building will be at 75 percent capacity, said Matthew McClorey, BTBC executive director.

“It’s further validation that the model is working,” he said.

Gyrasol will relocate to Kansas from New Mexico, after a nationwide search for new sites.


Gandalf 6 years, 5 months ago

Welcome to Lawrence! Always glad to see a company come in that's not demanding the public fund the moon and stars!

Clovis Sangrail 6 years, 5 months ago

The Lawrence-Douglas County Biosciences Authority tapped the city for $200,000 this budget year, so in a very real sense, this company is sucking at the public teat just like the special tax district and community development fund piglets, just to a lesser degree. But at least these are real jobs and not minimum-wage service and sales jobs. And there are two jobs that are actually new jobs and not just siphoned from already existing businesses.

devobrun 6 years, 5 months ago

Hey Gandalf, wanna invest in the company? It's a risk, but with big payoff if it flies.......

But there is the FDA, and the EPA, and the EEOC, and OSHA, and competition from China that will just steal the idea and run with it.......Nah, don't invest in it. Unless you invest enough, if you know what I mean.

"A nod is as good as a wink to a blind man, what?"

Pay the senator, congresswoman. Grease the skids, as they say. Business is lost in America. If you are lucky, your business can't be exported, taken over by illegal immigrants, or coopted by people who are paid next to nothing to produce what costs you too much here in America.

Thanks for coming to Lawrence, Bioscience Company..........I'll invest in......your competition. What are you expecting to make, anyway? I'll track it through my Asian contacts.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 years, 5 months ago

No, these jobs are for all the unemployed PH.D'S on your block? Arn't you glad they will not be mowing their lawns every day before dawn??

Lawrence Morgan 6 years, 5 months ago

This is a great step for Lawrence. As usual, I am disgusted with some of the responses above. This person graduated from KU, and wants to bring back to Kansas JOBS and--moreover--the kind of treatments that might be necessary for cancer. What is there to make fun of in that? Many more people need to be like her to develop businesses in Kansas. It is not impossible that Lawrence could not become a small Silicon-Valley. The thing that is so effective with Silicon Valley is not the location- it is terribly expensive and the houses are nothing to look at - but rather the creativity. Lawrence has that creativity, and it is much less expensive than the Bay Area. I salute Susan Burgess, and may there be many more like her! As for the ridicuous comments above, how many of them might like the idea that perhaps a new treatment or process for cancer is adopted? Or are they simply sitting on their backs, writing for no purpose other than to hear themselves!

hedshrinker 6 years, 5 months ago

Wish there was a "like" button.....+10!

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