Creating KCALSI 1998 – 2000
The Kansas City Civic Council and the Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC) formed a Life Sciences Task Force to develop a strategy to build the life sciences in the KC metropolitan region.
In March 1999, KC’s Life Sciences Task Force began its work by conducting a detailed analysis of life sciences research in the region, and by benchmarking the efforts of other communities to build their life sciences capabilities.
The Task Force delivered its report in October 1999, outlining the steps required to make Kansas City a life sciences center of excellence, and recommending the creation of the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute (KCALSI) to coordinate the KC life sciences strategy.
Following review of the report, KCADC and the Civic Council worked together to create KCALSI and commissioned KCALSI with the task of preparing a detailed business plan, based on the recommendations of the original task force.
KCALSI delivered its initial business plan in September 2000. The plan called for KCALSI to “build a critical mass in life sciences research in Kansas City,” and affirmed the original target of $500 million in annual research expenditures at the end of ten years.
Establishing KCALSI 2001 – 2005
Decisio LLC was retained to apply the System Dynamics Impact Model method of evaluation to determine how to maximize the community investment.
The KCALSI was launched as a 501(c)3 charitable institution, the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute. A separate 501(c)4, Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute Association (KCALSIA) also was formed to serve as a lobbying, economic development and marketing arm of the KCALSI.
The Civic Council leads much of the advocacy on behalf of KCALSIA, with support from the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. KCADC leads the majority of economic development activities. KCALSI focuses on the development of the region’s research capacity.
KCALSI’s charter key stakeholder institutions were announced, including:
- Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
- MRIGlobal (formerly Midwest Research Institute)
- Saint Luke’s Hospital
- Stowers Institute for Medical Research
- Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
- University of Kansas
- University of Kansas Medical Center
- University of Missouri-Kansas City
Two additional stakeholder institutions were added in 2005:
- Kansas State University
- University of Missouri – Columbia
KCALSI 2006 to Today
In recent years, the regional capacity for innovation has grown significantly. There now are more than 2,000 scientists and greater than $550 million in annual research expenditures by our stakeholder institutions. Add to these statistics the scientists and investments in private sector life sciences companies and the region clearly qualifies as a significant contender as a nationally and globally recognized life sciences center of excellence.