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Summit Purpose

  • New partnerships for research innovation
  • Identification of regulatory changes, legislation and institutional streamlining that will accelerate the transfer of knowledge from the laboratory to businesses
  • Ideas for product and service development that will guide private sector investment and demonstrate the need for a supportive government infrastructure
  • Insight about ways to collaborate with university researchers and other partners to transfer new technologies
  • New information on how to leverage the assets of universities, financial markets and business investment to create companies and jobs that will strengthen the economic foundations of the region

Business Journals Supplement

View the complete Missouri Regional Life Sciences Summit supplement from the Kansas City and St. Louis Business Journals. Click here to view.


The University of Missouri System is pleased to announce a regional summit led by the University of Missouri-Columbia and hosted by the University of Missouri-Kansas City in collaboration with the Kansas City Area Development Council.
With the Animal Health Corridor stretching from Manhattan, Kan., to Columbia, Mo., and a huge concentration of basic plant sciences and agricultural development from Columbia to St. Louis, our region is a world leader in applied biosciences and innovation.

Designed for the scientific and business communities, the summit will identify innovations that lead to new private sector investments and job creation and those that hold the greatest promise for intellectual property and commercialization.

"The goal is to accelerate the movement of new ideas from the lab to the marketplace," says MU Chancellor and Summit Chair Brady J. Deaton. "Our region must emerge as a world leader in bioscience research and job creation; the economy depends on it."


Click here for a summit schedule.

Featured Speakers

  • Keynote: William H. Danforth, chancellor emeritus of Washington University
  • Distinguished Speaker: Scott Peterson, director of functional genomics research technology, professor, J. Craig Venter Institute
  • Distinguished Speaker: Tom Melzer, managing director and co-founder, RiverVest

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Participating Institutions and Organizations

  • Armstrong Teasdale LLP
  • Bayer HealthCare
  • Cerner Corporation
  • Commerce Bank
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • J. Craig Venter Institute
  • Kansas City Area Development Council
  • Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute
  • Kansas State University
  • Kansas University of Medicine and Biosciences
  • Mayer Brown LLP
  • Midwest Research Institute
  • Missouri Department of Economic Development
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Ocuscience LLC
  • Polsinelli Shughart PC
  • Prolog Ventures
  • RiverVest
  • Saint Louis University
  • Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP
  • Stowers Institute for Medical Research
  • Teva Neuroscience
  • The Mind Research Network
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • Washington University
Presented by the four campuses of the University of Missouri System
University of Missouri-ColumbiaUniversity of Missouri-Kansas CityMissouri University of Science and TechnologyUniversity of Missouri-St. Louis
Featuring experts from University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Missouri University of Science and Technology, University of Missouri-St. Louis, University of Kansas, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas State University, St. Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis, Iowa State University and the University of Saskatchewan, as well as business leaders, venture capitalists and policy makers