Projects Funded

Projects Funded

Innara Health, Inc (previously known as KC BioMedix, Inc.)

The  KBA Board approved providing up to $1,000,000 investment in a revenue royalty agreement in the form of a convertible promissory note in Innara Health, Inc.   The KBA investment is crucial component of Innara Health’s expansion investment round that will help grow the Company’s sales and marketing team, complete a pivotal clinical trial in infants using the NTrainer System and…read more →

Novita Therapeutics, LLC

The  KBA Board approved purchasing $600,000 equity in Novita Therapeutics, LLC (“Novita”).  The KBA investment will allow Novita to continue product development and testing of the Arteriovenous Fistula Eligibility (AFE) System, a new cardiovascular medical device in development at Novita subsidiary Flow Forward Medical LLC that is intended to make it easier and safer for end-stage renal disease patients to…read more →

HylaPharm, LLC

HylaPharm is led by two KU professors, Drs. Laird Forrest and Dan Aires who are developing new anticancer drugs.  The company has developed a new proprietary technology using nanoparticles of hyaluronic acid and various chemotherapeutics, such as cisplatin.  The advantages of their approach are increased efficacy at the site of the tumor and reduced side effects in the rest of…read more →

PRA International, LLC

PRA will receive $400,000 to support  the relocation to Kansas of PRA’s Research Support Coordinator training program, staff, and recruits.  The company expects to create at least 70 net new jobs in Kansas in the first year, and establish a program that will recruit and train new college graduates to support clinical trials on an annual basis

SynTech Research Laboratory Services, LLC

SynTech Research, Inc. will receive up to $1 million (as hiring milestones are achieved).  SynTech Research, Inc. is a global contract research organization (CRO) providing research, product development, and regulatory services to the agricultural, biotechnology, and food/feed industries, as well as to governmental bodies and agricultural commodity suppliers.  SynTech expects to create 103 net new jobs in Kansas with an…read more →

eNovations, LLC

eNovation LLC is an early-stage Kansas company focused on developing mobile health solutions for specialty physicians, initially rheumatologists.. The company will receive $73,097 to help fund product development efforts and a pilot study with 20 physicians, all aimed at validating market assumptions and preparing their system for broader launch. The company’s software platform is based on eNovation’s flagship product, iRheum,…read more →


Parnell, an Australian veterinary pharmaceutical company, will receive a $400,000 grant to support the company’s move to establish a North American headquarters in the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor. The grant will help to defray the company’s hiring during the next year of 14 new employees with an average annual wage of $150,000.

Immunogenetix Therapeutics Inc., Lenexa

The voucher helped Immunogenetix prepare its application for a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. (Approved June 6, 2012.)

The Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases, Manhattan

CEEZAD will receive KBA funding of $868,515 to support work to develop ways to diagnose and control Schmallenberg virus, an emerging animal disease causing considerable losses in European cattle, goat and sheep herds. While Schmallenberg virus is not yet present in the United States, its recent emergence and rapid spread make it a global animal health and economic threat. CEEZAD director…read more →

Heartland Plant Innovations, Manhattan

HPI will receive $2.5 million to support its fiscal 2013 operations and programmatic activities. HPI is developing advanced technologies for plant gene discovery, trait validation and crop improvement in order to deliver new products and production platforms. The research team associated with the center focuses on emerging commercial opportunities for wheat and sorghum, crops in which Kansas has national leadership…read more →