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AIBS in the News: AIBS Policy Director Talks about Economic Returns from Life Science Research

April 24, 2014

 

The April 23, 2014, online edition of the Kansas City Star reports on a celebration of the fifth anniversary of the Johnson County Education Research Triangle in Kansas.

According to the paper, Kansans agreed to a one-eighth-cent sales tax in 2008, which financed the KU Cancer Center's clinical research center, a part of the Johnson County Education Research Triangle.

During the Wednesday event, leaders from University of Kansas, Kansas State University, and Johnson County reflected on the first five years of the research triangle, the tax that built it, and the impact on the county.

"Research triangles...leverage regional resources and we are seeing more of them sprouting up, especially in the life sciences," said Robert Gropp, director of community programs for the American Institute of Biological Sciences. "Life science research is moving really quickly, and not any one university is going to have all the tools and the experts."

Where research universities are forming partnerships and "sharing the commitment and making strategic investments, you start to see spinoffs, more employment opportunities, and incubation of knowledge," Gropp said.

That's what has happened when similar research triangles and corridors formed elsewhere in the country, said Gropp.

The complete article is currently available at: http://www.kansascity.com/2014/04/23/4977355/research-triangle-has-made-250.html.

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