Champion: Gary Forsee, former president of the University of Missouri System, and former chairman and CEO of Sprint Nextel.
The KC Animal Health Corridor, situated between Columbia, Missouri, and Manhattan, Kansas, already boasts the single largest concentration of animal health and nutrition interests in the world. In fact, the KC Animal Health Corridor accounts for 32 percent of total sales in the $19 billion global animal health industry. Companies in the corridor include veterinary supply and product distributors, pet food manufacturers, grain elevators and milling operations, R&D facilities, CRO’s, associations and animal pharmaceutical manufacturers. In addition to 220 companies focused on animal health, the KC Animal Health Corridor is home to veterinary schools at Kansas State University and the University of Missouri.
Organizing and hosting a global symposium on animal health will further establish the KC Animal Health Corridor as the premier location for the animal health industry. “To bring to Kansas City those individuals and entities from around the world will allow us to cement our role, showcase our capabilities, but also to convene those researchers, the institutes, the public and private organizations, the government entities, and investors that can help solve major challenges around the world and create new jobs and opportunities as a result,” said Champion Gary Forsee.
Jim Heeter, president and CEO of The Chamber, and Bob Marcusse, president and CEO of Kansas City Area Development Council, are working closely with Forsee and his group to organize the international conference. The Chamber, KCADC, and the KC Area Life Sciences Institute already manage different aspects of the Corridor.
Building on the demonstrated success of the KC Animal Health Corridor, the goal of this initiative is to elevate the Corridor to international prominence, by hosting the Global Symposium on Innovation in Animal Health.