It's All In The Name
What looks like a field of cows to some, for animal health researchers in the area, is an important laboratory. So important, that a Missouri senator wants to recognize the area's strengths by giving part of Missouri a new name.
"The Animal Health Corridor would extend from Manhattan, Kansas all the way to Columbia, Missouri, and there's a great deal of activity in the area around this industry," said Sen. Chris Koster. "In fact, we've got about 120 different companies in this industry in animal health sciences just in our region."
"It's very appropriate that the state legislature would recognize the excellence in terms of animal health research, both here at MU and in the Kansas City area," former MU Research Coordinator Kenneth Schneeberger said.
The area is said to have a 32 percent share in the global animal health market, but Koster would like to see more growth. He thinks giving the area a new name is a good first step.
"But right now, what this measure is about is really a public relations tool that would allow the universities and Chamber of Commerce to go not just regionally, but around the world and bring corporations that are growing in this area to America's heartland," Koster said.
Koster says the next step is creating economic incentives such as tax credits to help the health science industry grow.