Vol. 2, 2019: Life Sciences Business News and New Hires

Vol. 2, 2019: Life Sciences Business News and New Hires

Aratana Awaits $245M Sale Closing, Wins Fifth FDA Approval in Three Years

The Food and Drug Administration approved a smaller vial size of Aratana Therapeutics Inc.’s drug Nocita, a local anesthetic for dogs and cats, making it the fifth time the Leawood-based company has won the agency’s approval in three years. More information »

Boehringer Ingelheim, LifeLine Foods Will Invest Combined $34.4M in St. Joseph Facilities

Boehringer Ingelheim Corp., a company in the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, and LifeLine Foods, a corn processor, have committed to investing a combined $34.4 million in life sciences in St. Joseph. More information »

Cerner Expands its Health Care Offerings — and Visibility — with New Near-Site Clinics

Cerner Corp. is stepping out in the health care provider space through the launch of a new near-site employer health clinic network. More information »

Toby A. Rockefeller, MD

Toby A. Rockefeller, MD, joined the Ward Family Heart Center at Children’s Mercy Kansas City in July. Dr. Rockefeller is a board-certified pediatric cardiologist and specializes in interventional cardiology. He completed his fellowships in pediatric cardiology and interventional catheterization at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and worked the past three years at St. Louis Children’s Hospital before relocating to Kansas City to join the Children’s Mercy team.

Elanco Could Merge With Bayer’s Animal-Health Business

Elanco Animal Health is discussing a possible merger with Bayer’s animal-health business in a $4.5 billion deal, according to reports. More information »

iShare Medical Working With VA, Medicare, Medicaid to Improve Patients Outcomes, Reduce Cost of Care 

The doors to possibilities are now wide open for Kansas City-based iShare Medical LLC. They will now be able to easily access the patient information they need to better treat veterans. More information »

Netsmart Promotes Longtime KPMG Exec as Previous CFO Retires

Netsmart Technologies Inc. has promoted Kevin Kaufman to CFO following the retirement of Tony Ritz. More information »

Animal Health Tech Startup Will Move HQ from Silicon Valley to KC, Aims to Create 200 Jobs

TeraCrunch has found its niche in a place founder Tapan Bhatt hadn’t initially expected: health care. More information »

Research Medical Names New CEO, Ashley McClellan

Ashley McClellan, former CEO of The Women’s Hospital of Texas, is the new CEO of Research Medical Center. More information »

TechAccel Adds Business Development Executive to Leadership Team 

TechAccel LLC, the private venture development organization investing in scientific breakthroughs to help solve the global food crisis, announced that Mike Rohlfsen has joined the company as Vice President of Business Development. More information »

John Stobaugh

The University of Kansas Office of Research has announced that John Stobaugh will serve as interim director of the Higuchi Biosciences Center. More information »

Ronald Ragan

The founding dean for the High Point University School of Pharmacy, Ronald Ragan will be the next dean of pharmacy at the University of Kansas.  He will begin his tenure Aug. 1. More information »

Sara Baer

The University of Kansas Office of Research has announced that Sara Baer has accepted the position of director of the Kansas Biological Survey. More information »

Anwaar Saeed Joins National Cancer Consortium  

Anwaar Saeed, MD, oncologist at The University of Kansas Cancer Center, has been accepted into The Academic GI Cancer Consortium, an organization that brings together renowned institutions and investigators to design and rapidly complete clinical trials in gastrointestinal cancers. More information »

University of Kansas Medical Center names Akinlolu Ojo Executive Dean of the KU School of Medicine

The University of Kansas Medical Center has named Akinlolu O. Ojo, M.D., executive dean of the University of Kansas School of Medicine, where he will oversee the Kansas City, Salina and Wichita campuses for the School of Medicine, effective August 26, 2019. More information »

Ernie Minton

Leading the Kansas State University College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension into the future will be a familiar face. Ernie Minton, the interim dean and KSRE director, has been appointed to the posts following a national search. More information »

Bonnie Rush

Following a national search, Bonnie Rush has been selected as the new dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. More information »

Michael Day

Michael L. Day has been selected to lead Kansas State University’s department of animal sciences and industry beginning Aug. 11. More information »

Jackie Spears

Jackie Spears has been named the interim dean and CEO of Kansas State University’s Olathe campus, effective June 1. More information »

New UMKC Vice Chancellor for Research Shares Vision for Bright Future

Following a national search, the University of Missouri-Kansas City has named Yusheng (Chris) Liu, PhD. as its new Vice Chancellor for Research. More information »