Kansas Bioscience Authority

Tracking NBAF
9:26 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Governor: Bioscience Authority Controversy Won't Affect NBAF

An audit released recently alleges misdeeds by former Kansas Bioscience Authority head Tom Thornton. The KBA is one of the groups that worked to help Kansas land the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) project.

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7:38 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Friday, January 27, 2012

BikeShare in Minneapolis.

A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

  • Streetcar Plan On Track
  • Bike Share Rolls Out
  • Trial Date Set For Bishop & Catholic Diocese
  • Kansas Agriculture Secretary Blasts Bioscience Authority
  • Artists In Their Own Words: Year Of The Dragon

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Kansas Bioscience Authority
3:19 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Agriculture Secretary Blasts Bioscience Authority

Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman blasted the Kansas Bioscience Authority today, saying the agency's board of directors hasn't fulfilled its duties. Rodman was selected by the governor to work with the company that recently audited the KBA. Rodman criticized the way the agency has been spending money.

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7:24 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

  • Audit Questions Bioscience Authority’s Former President
  • Anti-Abortion Activists Rally At Kansas Statehouse
  • Missouri Lawmakers Look At Workplace Discrimination
  • Mental Health Care Leader Retires

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Business & Tech
6:53 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Brownback Withholds Bioscience Funds

Governor Sam Brownback is withholding the payment of $22 million to the Kansas Bioscience Authority – that's about 2/3 of the agency's state funding.

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Tracking NBAF
1:57 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Kansas Legislature Strips KBA Of Bonding For NBAF

New Kansas Bioscience Authority under construction in Olathe. Photo courtesy of KBA

The Kansas House voted unanimously last night to strip the troubled Kansas Bioscience Authority of bonding authority for the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility, or NBAF.

The vote gives the state Department of Administration charge over issuing $150 million dollars in bonds.

In a separate move, a provision added to a Senate bill requires the State Finance Department to approve any NBAF bonds.

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Tracking NBAF
9:59 am
Sun April 17, 2011

Interim Head Of KBA Concerned About NBAF, Investments

David Vranicar, Interim CEO of the Kansas Bioscience Authority.

The interim CEO of the troubled Kansas Bioscience Authority says the KBA will cooperate completely with the Governor's office in it's request for an independent audit. The Kan. legislature has been holding hearings in recent weeks.

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Tracking NBAF
10:29 am
Tue February 15, 2011

Officials With NBAF Pleased About President's Budget

The President's budget, which was made public yesterday, pegs $150 million for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. That's the Level 4 laboratory designed to test highly contagious pathogens and foreign animal diseases operated by the Department of Homeland Security. DHS awarded the $650 million project to K-State a couple of years ago.

Officials told reporters in a teleconference yesterday they were happy with the budget proposal.

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Tracking NBAF
9:30 am
Fri November 19, 2010

President Of KBA Reacts To NBAF Risk Assessment

Two reports came out this week about the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF.

The Department of Homeland Security released a risk assessment for the site, scheduled to begin construction in 2012 in Manhattan, Kan.

The National Academy of Sciences followed with a Congressionally mandated evaluation of that assessment.

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11:55 am
Tue October 12, 2010

Bioscience Authority Commits $9 Million to KU Cancer Center

Salina, KS – The Kansas Bioscience Authority has pledged more than $9 million over the next five years to bring five prominent cancer researchers to the University of Kansas Cancer Center.

1:54 pm
Wed July 28, 2010

Kansas Biosciences Get Boost From Partnership With USDA

The Kansas Bioscience Authority said at its annual meeting this week that the USDA will partner with Kansas to promote bioscience research.

The KBA says the partnership is a huge benefit to existing efforts to collaborate with local and state governments. The KBA also collaborates extensively with venture capital companies. The KBA has invested 50 million dollars in bioscience research, and has attracted a number of firms to the area who have promised to invest up to 200 million dollars.

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Tracking NBAF
11:38 am
Mon July 27, 2009

GAO Report Raises Questions About NBAF In Kansas

A report from the Government Accountability Office questions how the Department of Homeland Security determined the safety of six sites for a proposed animal disease research lab. Manhattan, Kan., was selected as the site for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF.

A draft report argues DHS used poor techniques to determine how diseases would spread if they were accidentally released.

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