Volume 3, 2017: Life Sciences Business News & New Hires

With Three Products out, Aratana Chases its Fourth: a Canine Cancer Drug

Aratana Therapeutics, Inc. has launched three FDA-approved canine drugs in one year: Entyce, Galliprant, and Nocita. They are currently working on their next drug, a canine cancer drug called AT-014. After a tumor is removed, the vaccine is used to prime the dog’s immune system to target any remaining cancer. More information »

FitBark Introduces FitBark2 Canine Activity Tracker

FitBark, a company that produces activity trackers for dogs, partners with 45 research institutions, including, Kansas State University and the University of Missouri, to monitor dogs’ recovery from a surgery or gauge the effectiveness of a treatment by tracking activity levels and sleep. More information »

Netsmart Expands Through Statewide Contract After Successful Pilot 

After a successful pilot of its Healthcare Home Project, Netsmart will install its population health management solution to more than 300 clinics throughout Missouri. The system combined medication management and therapies with nutrition and primary care. More information »

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Invests $1.2M in KC Microfinance Pilot Program

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has made a $1.2 million investment in a new microloan pilot program, the KC Microfinance Portfolio. This program will provide access to capital for underserved entrepreneurs and help sustain microlenders. More information »

Johnson County Community College Receives $10M Grant to Help Expand Tech Offerings

The Johnson County Community College (JCCC) has been issued $10 million by the Sunderland Foundation for expansion of their technology-focused education program. JCCC plans to build a new 70,000-square-foot Career and Technical Education Center and new 37,000-square-foot Fine Arts and Design Studios building, which will house fine arts, filmmaking and graphic design programs. More information »

2017 Kansas Citian of the Year

Dr. Roy Jensen, Director of the University of Kansas Cancer Center, was named the 2017 Kansas Citian of the Year by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce during their 130th annual dinner.  More information »

University of Kansas

KU’s Bioscience and Technology Business Center Wins $50k SBA Award

The Bioscience and Technology Business Center at the University of Kansas has been awarded $50,000 by the U.S. Small Business Administration through the agency’s Growth Accelerator Fund competition. More information »

KCU Receives $1M Commitment from J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation for New Medical Education Center

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) will receive $1 million from the J.E and L.E. Mabee Foundation to support building a center for medical education innovation. KCU raised more than $6.5 million matching funds to obtain the Mabee challenge grant. More information »

Kansas State University

Karen Pedersen

Karen Pedersen has been named an expert in online learning for higher education as K-State’s new Dean of the university’s Global Campus.  More information »

St. Luke's

mySaintLukes App

In September, Saint Luke’s launched mySaintLukes, a single app that combines all the patient’s services and records. With this app, patients can check their health record, pay bills, communicate with their doctor and even use the app as a GPS within the hallways of the hospital. More information »

Michael VanDerhoef

Michael VanDerhoef has been named Senior Vice President, Development for Saint Luke’s Health System, and Saint Luke’s Foundation Executive Director. More information »

University of Missouri-Kansas City 

Barbara A, Bichelmeyer PhD

Barbara A. Bichelmeyer, PhD has been appointed interim Chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Former Chancellor Leo E. Morton (now Chancellor Emeritus) is now the Chief Operating Officer at DeBruce Companies.  More information »

Tomi Markku Pastinen, MD, PhD

Tomi Markku Pastinen, MD, PhD is the new Director of Children’s Mercy’s Pediatric Genomic Medicine Center. More information »

Emanuel “Mike” Vlastos, MD

Michael Emanuel “Mike” Vlastos, MD joined the Elizabeth J. Ferrell Fetal Health Center at Children’s Mercy. He has expertise in fetal diagnosis, fetal surgery, fetal imaging and cervical incompetence. More information »

SpiderOak Leadership and Direction Changes Announced

Tech security firm SpiderOak has named Christopher Skinner as Chief Executive Officer. SpiderOak’s products include Semphor Messaging, an encrypted group chat and file sharing program, and ONE backup products for secure online backup. More information »