Vol. 2, 2018: Life Sciences News & New Hires

Vol. 2, 2018: Life Sciences News & New Hires

Douglas C. Bittel, PhD

Douglas C. Bittel, PhD, has joined Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences as associate professor in the College of Biosciences. He currently teaches human genetics, as well as having responsibilities for developing specialized training in the field of bioinformatics. Providing students with this career-applicable knowledge will help meet growing workforce demand in the Kansas City region — and across the country — as this technical skill set becomes increasingly critical to the delivery of health care. More information »

Charles Taber

Charles Taber, the vice provost for graduate and professional education and dean of the Graduate School at Stony Brook University, New York, has been named the new provost and executive vice president of Kansas State University. He will assume his new duties on Aug. 15. More information »

Ernie Minton

Kansas State University has named Ernie Minton as College of Agriculture interim dean and interim director of K-State Research and Extension. More information »

Alysia Starkey

Alysia Starkey, associate dean of academics at Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus, will serve as interim CEO and dean of the campus while a national search for a new leader is conducted. More information »

TMC Chief Financial Officer Named Among CFOs to Know

Congratulations to TMC’s Chief Financial Officer, Al Johnson. Becker’s Hospital Review listed him among “150 hospital and health systems CFOs to know”. More information »

Analytical Chemist Honored Among Ingram’s 40 Under Forty
MRIGlobal is pleased to announce Kristin Aillon, Ph.D., Program Manager and Principal Investigator, has been named among Ingram’s magazine’s 40 Under Forty honorees. More information »

Michael Chapman

Michael Chapman has been named chair of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Missouri, effective July 16, 2018. Biochemistry is a joint academic unit within the School of Medicine and the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) at University of Missouri. The department is noted for interdisciplinary research and effective instruction. More information »

Latha Ramchand

University of Missouri Chancellor Alexander N. Cartwright announced that Latha Ramchand, dean of the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, has been appointed as provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. Her appointment is effective August 15, 2018. More information »

Sarah Thompson

University of Missouri Interim Provost Jim Spain announced today that Sarah Thompson, associate vice chancellor of health professions and professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Colorado Denver, has been named dean of the MU Sinclair School of Nursing. Thompson’s appointment will begin Aug. 1. More information »

J. David Robertson

J. David Robertson has been named executive director of the MU Research Reactor (MURR) effective June 15, 2018.

Researchers Receive NCI Grant to Explore Effects of Nutritional Intervention Pre- and Post-Surgery for Bladder Cancer

Researchers with The University of Kansas Cancer Center have received a five-year National Institutes of Health R01 grant to study how immune-enhancing nutrition affects the outcome of a radical cystectomy. More information »

The University of Kansas Cancer Center Partners with Nation’s Top Cancer Centers to Endorse Goal of Eliminating HPV-related Cancers in the United States

The University of Kansas Cancer Center has partnered with 69 other National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers to issue a Call to Action urging for increased HPV vaccination and screening to eliminate HPV-related cancers, starting with cervical cancer. More information »

Aratana Therapeutics Files for FDA Approval of NOCITA Label Expansion

Aratana Therapeutics, Inc. submitted a supplemental New Animal Drug Application (NADA) for NOCITA® (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM). More information »

VA, Cerner Announce Agreement to Provide Seamless Care for Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced an agreement with Cerner Government Services, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cerner Corporation for the VA to use off-the-shelf Cerner solutions to provide veterans, transitioning service members and their care providers access to their medical history through a single electronic health record (EHR) system. More information »


ProPharma Acquires European Company
Overland Park-based ProPharma Group has acquired a Netherlands company that provides compliance, technical support and other services to the pharmaceutical industry. More information »

Pharmaceutical Services Company Will Bring 225 Jobs to New KC Center
Trailcard Inc., a fast-growing company based in North Carolina will open a contact center in Kansas City that will employ 225 people. More information »

Tiffany Stovall

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center (MAMTC) is pleased to announce that Tiffany Stovall has been promoted to CEO. More information »

Netsmart Lands on Forbes Top 500 List and Ingram’s Best Companies to Work for in 2018
Five years ago, not long after relocating Netsmart from its previous home in New York, Mike Valentine had assembled a staff of 185 at his new headquarters in Overland Park. That figure has more than tripled since then, as the company has become the nation’s largest provider of electronic medical records in the behavioral health sector and is also a great place to work. More information »