Annual Dinner


2017 KCALSI Annual Dinner

The 2017 Annual Dinner will be held on September 19, 2017 at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City, MO. The annual Science to Art silent auction will again be featured during this dinner. All proceeds from this auction will benefit STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, art, math) in the KC region.

Our keynote speaker Nina Tandon, PhD, is the CEO and co-founder of EpiBone, the world’s first company growing living human bones for skeletal reconstruction. She is the co-author of Super Cells: Building with Biology, a book that explores the new frontier of biotech. She is a TED Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Cooper Union. Her PhD research focused on studying electrical signaling in the context of tissue engineering, and has worked with cardiac, skin, bone, and neural tissue.

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Nina Tandon, PhD

CEO and Co-Founder

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Body 3.0

Nina Tandon believes that the era of engineered tissues—like, for example, a replacement kidney grown in the lab—is just beginning. Tandon shows us how we (and our bodies) have lived through most of history (Body 1.0), and then how we evolved into “cyborgs” with implants (such as pacemakers and artificial joints, Body 2.0). Now, Body 3.0 is all about growing our OWN body parts. In her early research, Tandon grew cardiac cells that beat like tiny hearts. In this thrilling and eye-opening talk, she explains the process of growing tissue and transplants, and the future of medical science. With the help of manufacturing and information technology, we are on the verge of being able to grow human tissue—and Tandon is here to walk us through this unbelievably exciting era.

Event Parking

Power and Light –  KC Live Block Public Parking Garage
151 E. 13th Street (between Grand and Walnut)

Parking is available on a first come, first serve basis.  Tell the attendant you are attending KCALSI’s Annual Dinner at the Midland for complimentary parking. After you park – exit garage onto 13th Street, go 1.5 blocks west to Main Street – enter the theatre at 1228 Main Street.








Street Car options:  
The Kansas City Street Car is free to use.  Park at any of the specified location on the Street Car map. Walk to the blue awning and wait for the Streetcar. The approximate wait time is 10 minutes or less. You will want to get off of the Streetcar at 12th & Grand.