Life Sciences/Animal Health and Research


KC Area Leads Kansas Job Growth

Kansas counties in the Kansas City metropolitan area led the rest of the state in job growth over the past year, according to the recently released Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) 2019 Kansas Economic Report. Total employment in the area,… more

Agriculture Must Look Off the Farm for Workforce Talent

There are more available jobs than there are required people to fill them in the United States, and the agriculture industry is at the extreme end of that scale. Only 60 percent of professional job listings in agriculture are filled… more

Veterinarians Face An Uphill Battle

It's getting harder to find a business that doesn't compete with Amazon, and that's not good news for veterinarians. The animal-health business, which was once squarely in the arena of vets' recommendations and advice, is rapidly losing market share to… more

Kelly, Parson Sign Border War Agreement

Businesses expecting special tax incentives to make a move from South Kansas City to Overland Park, or from Lee's Summit to Lenexa, are out of luck. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly and Missouri Gov. Mike Parson just signed an agreement between… more

Gov. Parson Has a Democratic Challenger

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway, a Democrat, has put her hat in the ring to challenge Republic Gov. Mike Parson for the office in the August of 2020 election. Galloway, from Columbia, late last month publicly asked Parson to take… more

Topeka Chosen For Animal Health/Ag Tech Accelerator Program

Plug and Play, a Silicon Valley-based firm that provides venture capital funds to startups, and had a role in the growth of Dropbox, PayPal and other ventures, named Topeka a startup accelerator city in the areas of animal health and… more

Cerner Teams With Developer to Offer Seniors Housing Care

Cerner Corp. is partnering with commercial real estate developer LifeCenters Communities, to offer health and wellness clinics within independent and assisted-living facilities. Called VIA Centers, these facilities will have primary care physicians, dieticians, chiropractors, fitness and health coaches, as well… more

Aratana’s Fast Growth Leads to $245 Million Sale

Aranta Therapeutics, a Leawood-based pet-pharmaceutical company, is being acquired by Elanco Health Animal Health, based in Indiana, for about $254 million, in a deal recently approved by the former's shareholders. After the acquisition, Artana, which was ranked first in Ingram's… more

Probiotic Holdings Grows Industrial, Consumer Business, Raises $9M

Kansas City-based Probiotic Holdings, which manufactures probiotic materials used in agricultural, consumer and industrial products is growing, and investors have put $9.3 million toward its operations so far this year. The company has 44,000 square feet of offices, laboratories and… more

Kansas City Scores Major Win with Two Ag Dept. Sites

Kansas City has secured two highly prized federal agencies that have been reviewing relocation sites nationwide: The Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service  and National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The Kansas City Area Development Council announced that decision with a… more