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Posted on: April 26, 2011

New animal health institute at K-State Olathe campus will greatly expand research in state

Gov. Sam Brownback and Commerce Secretary Pat George praised the opening of the International Animal Health and Food Safety Institute on the Kansas State University Olathe Innovation Campus as a new chapter in the efforts to make Kansas a global center for research. Brownback and George attended the ribbon cutting today marking the formal opening of the new institute, located just east of Kansas Highway 7 on College Boulevard.

“This is a great day for Kansas and K-State,” Brownback said. “The opening of this institute will strengthen the efforts to make our state a worldwide leader in animal health and food safety, which in turn will greatly expand our research and economic activity, and create jobs.”

Brownback is hosting a series of Economic Summits focused on different industry sectors important to the state. The Animal Health Summit will be held on June 9 in Manhattan.

“This new institute will help K-State become one the nation’s best research universities in the growing industry sector of animal health and food safety,” George said. “This is a world-class facility that will help Kansas attract the brightest academic minds and the best innovative businesses to the Animal Health Corridor.”

The institute is a $28-million, 108,000-square-foot facility. The K-State Olathe campus will serve as a center for research, education and commercialization. Students earning master's and doctorate degrees in biosciences and biotechnology will work alongside scientists conducting research on the campus.

In addition, K-State Olathe also will partner with the Kansas City area companies in providing professional development training for employees. K-State Olathe is part of the Johnson County Education and Research Triangle initiative, a cooperative effort with the University of Kansas that involves KU's Edwards Campus and the KU Medical Center.

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