2020 BioNexus KC Annual Event

Thursday Oct 22 / 6:00 PM (CDT) - Thursday Oct 22 / 7:15 PM (CDT)

Kansas City, MO

2020 BioNexus KC Annual Event

Throughout 2020 we listened. Kansas City has powerful organizations embedded within an engaged life sciences and healthcare community. With an effective and responsive ecosystem, the KC region leveraged its expertise, assets and determination in fields such as rare disease, informatics and health equity. We came together to learn, adapt, and thrive by identifying and implementing meaningful change as we guide the region into its next phase.

BioNexus KC’s annual event featured Calaneet Balas, CEO and President of the ALS Association, who has experience in helping to build a robust and reactive ecosystem of collaboration and innovation. In 2014, the Ice Bucket Challenge created an unprecedented opportunity to expand ALS research and care. Balas’s comments will be heavily tied to the pandemic, as the ALS Association has been able to quickly adapt by providing remote support and utilizing technology for meaningful care service interventions.



Welcome and Introductions
William Berkley, Board Chair, BioNexus KC
CEO and President, Tension Corporation

Keynote Presentation
Calaneet Balas, CEO and President, ALS Association

Recognition and Open Bidding

BioNexus KC Update
Dennis Ridenour, CEO and President, BioNexus KC


Calaneet Balas

President & CEO


Calaneet Balas became CEO and President of The ALS Association in December 2017. She joined the organization in June 2016 as Chief of Strategy, leading all three mission areas including global research, public policy and care services, which work in an integrated fashion to find a cure, advance treatments and enhance the quality of life for people living with ALS. Learn More

Registration is complimentary, thanks to our generous sponsors.
















Science2Art is a platform for regional scientists to display and describe their research through the visual arts. Each of these remarkable images tells a personal research story and poetically captures the fieldwork performed by the scientists and their teams. These images were submitted by scientists from Columbia, Missouri, to Manhattan, Kansas. All proceeds from the Science2Art auction will be donated to STEAM education in KC.

View 2020 Science2Art Images 

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