Vol. 3, 2018: Life Sciences Business News & New Hires

Vol. 3, 2018: Life Sciences Business News & New Hires


Bardavon Health Lands Millions to Fund Nationwide Expansion

Bardavon Health Innovations LLC  has raised $15 million to fund a nationwide expansion. More information »

Bardavon Team Helped LA Tech Startup Move to KC

The three founders of SaRA Health launched their health tech startup in Los Angeles earlier this year and planned to grow it there. But then Kansas City grabbed their attention. More information »

Tim Gronninger

Caravan Health promoted Tim Gronninger to President. That title had been held by Co-Founder Erin Fulton, who continues to serve as COO. Lynn Barr, another Co-Founder, remains CEO. More information »

Local Physician Recognized With Prestigious Ethics Award 

Dr. John Lantos, Director of the Bioethics Center at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine, was honored with the William G. Bartholome Award for Ethical Excellence at the recent National Conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics. More information »

Paul Kempinski

Following a 10-month nationwide search, Children’s Mercy announced Paul Kempinski, MS, FACHE, as its next President and Chief Executive Officer. Previously, Kempinski served as President of Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (N/AIDHC) in Wilmington, Del. More information »

Rebecca Rentea

Rebecca Rentea, MD, joined the Surgery faculty at Children’s Mercy as Director of the Comprehensive Colorectal Center.  More information »

The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City Has a New Name: Health Forward Foundation

The name may be new, but foundation CEO Dr. Bridget McCandless said the rebranding has been in the works for two years and reinforces the organization’s focus on the promise of a healthier tomorrow for those most in need. More information »

Pipeline CEO Will Step Down, Inspired to Seek Her Next Adventure

For 12 years, Joni Cobb has poured her passion and energy into Pipeline Inc., helping the entrepreneurial fellowship program morph into a regional force. But now she’s looking for a new chapter and announced that she will step down as CEO at the end of 2019. More information »

Steven Soper Inducted into AIMBE College of Fellows

Steven Soper, PhD, member of The University of Kansas Cancer Center, was elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows. More information »

Assistant Vice Provost Elected to National Board of STEM Organization

The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science announced the election of Roberta Pokphanh, University of Kansas Assistant Vice Provost for International Programs, to its national Board of Directors. More information »

Gary Anderson 

Gary Anderson, DVM, PhD, joins the faculty team at Kansas State University’s Olathe campus in lead animal health, food security efforts with KC industry. More information »

John Blair

John Blair named director of Konza Prairie Biological Station. More information »

Nicole Ford, PhD

Nicole Ford, PhD, has joined the Kansas City University College of Biosciences faculty as an assistant professor in Biomedical Sciences. She serves as course director and teaches in the Molecular & Cell Biology and Biochemistry courses.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory Earns Two Prestigious R&D 100 Awards

MRIGlobal is pleased to announce that two innovations developed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory earned Research & Development  Magazine’s R&D 100 Awards.  More information »

Jose Joaquin Lado Abeal, M.D.

Jose Joaquin Lado Abeal, M.D. joins the team at Truman Medical Centers as Section head of Endocrinology.

Benjamin Johnston, M.D.

Benjamin Johnston M.D. joins the team at Truman Medical Centers as a Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgeon.