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MIT REAP Team Kansas City will focus on creating the most inclusive biologics ecosystem in the United States, and becoming a global hub for the development, production, and distribution of biologics. It will strive to collaborate with other major cities in the Heartland Region of the US  to be a global life science destination.

One of Team Kansas City’s key regional challenges is funding and raising capital in the life sciences sector, which differs from high-growth tech funding. Other areas that the team has identified as needing improvement are visibility within the greater ecosystem, highly skilled labor needed to fill critical roles that are currently leaving the region, and more innovation capacity.

Team Members

University
Government
Corporate
Risk Capital
Entrepreneur

Innovation Ecosystem Stakeholder Model

Melissa Chapman
Champion
Co-Champion, Senior Program Officer, Kauffman Foundation
Sonia Hall
Champion
Co-Champion, President & CEO, BioKansas
Frank Lenk
Data Rockstar, Director of Research Services, Mid-America Regional Council
Mark Wissel
Director, R&D Eurofins Viracor BioPharma
Trent Armbrust
Principal Member, Chief Strategy Officer
Rob Steele
EVP/Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Children's Mercy Kansas City
Jack Scatizzi
Executive Director, Missouri Technology Corporation
Erik Lundquist
Professor and Associate Vice Chancellor, University of Kansas
Dennis Ridenour
President & CEOq, BioNexus KC
Karthik Ramachandran
Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder, Likarda, LLC
Lisa Dahl
Assistant Vice Chancellor Technology Advancement, University of Missouri
Maria Meyers
Assoc Vice Chancellor and Executive Director, UMKC Innovation Center
Christopher Rehkamp
Associate Director, Technology Venture Studio - UMKC Innovation Center
Katie Small
Industry Engagement Manager, Kansas State University Innovation Partners

Core Regional Metrics

INNOVATION CAPACITY

Ability to develop new to the world innovations from inception through to the market.

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Culture & Community

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Infrastructure

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ENTREPRENEURIAL CAPACITY

Ability to start and build new to the world businesses from inception to maturity.

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