Archive for Monday, June 10, 2013

$10 million biotech center expansion groundbreaking set for Friday at KU

June 10, 2013


Gov. Sam Brownback will join Kansas University, city and business leaders for a groundbreaking ceremony to note the $10 million expansion of the Bioscience & Technology Business Center, which is already the largest business incubator network in the Midwest.

The event, which is open to the public, starts at 10 a.m. Friday at the existing BTBC facility, located at 2029 Becker Drive on KU's west campus. Guests to the event should park in Park & Ride Lot 302, south of the BTBC.

Brownback will speak at the groundbreaking, along with KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, Lawrence Mayor Mike Dever and Doug Cleverly, chief executive officer of Argenta, a global animal health leader that operates a laboratory in the BTBC Main Facility. LaVerne Epp, executive chairman of the BTBC, will emcee the program.

The 21,400-square-foot existing facility, completed in 2010, reached its capacity a year ago with its ninth tenant company. The 30,000-square-foot expansion of new office and lab space will start taking in new tenants in the summer of 2014.

Its $10 million price tag is funded by the KU Endowment Association, $5.5 million; the KU Center for Research, $2 million; City of Lawrence and Douglas County, $1 million each; and BTBC, $500,000.


consumer1 4 years, 11 months ago

Now, this is the same KU that the chancellor just sent out email to all the alums asking for donations because Gov Brownback reduced the funding to KU? That KU??

Maracas 4 years, 11 months ago

Apples and oranges. Think before becoming PEBKAC.

yourworstnightmare 4 years, 11 months ago

The only taxpayer money being used to fund this is the $1 million each from Lawrence and Douglas County.

The Endowment and KUCR are KU sources from charitable donations and grants. This is an example of KU funds being spent in high priority areas.

yourworstnightmare 4 years, 11 months ago

Since this is being funded and the new building might not, I will let you figure that one out.

pusscanthropus 4 years, 11 months ago

And Kansas is becoming a leader in bio-science? Hmmm...I wonder how many world class bio-scientists will relocate to Kansas with their families. Seems to me they would question moving their children to a state which is clearly anti-science, especially when it comes to evolutionary biology.

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