BioKansas is a preeminent life science organization and voice of the bioscience community in Kansas and the surrounding region. This area features a robust scientific ecosystem, with three public research universities; six research hospitals; the world-renowned Stowers Research Institute; hundreds of life science companies; and more than thirty thousand industry employees working in the private sector. In addition to being home to a large number of companies spanning human health, Kansas is a global leader in animal health with a focus on preventing and treating diseases in both livestock and companion animals. Kansas is home to the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, the first federal Bio-Safety Level Four (BSL-4) laboratory in the nation equipped to house large livestock. This facility will be the nation’s foremost animal disease research laboratory.
BioKansas’ members span the private, academic, government, and non-profit sectors. Our industry member companies are leaders in human and animal health, diagnostics, digital health, biomanufacturing, plant science, and agricultural technology. Due to the vital role many non-science companies play in the success of the life science enterprise, our membership also includes numerous companies that are essential to supporting the midwestern bioscience ecosystem.
Our unique programs and events are designed to strengthen connections between private, academic, government, and non-profit organizations to support the success, growth, and visibility of the bioscience industry in the heartland of the United States. BioKansas programs include professional development and educational programs with a specialization in the bioscience industry. In an effort to build community networks and support a positive scientific culture, we also offer networking receptions, community forums, and events on equity and inclusion. BioKansas is committed to workforce development to help both early career scientists and professionals reach their career goals.