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Feb. 25, 2010 Volume 31, No. 21

A summit for science

Accelerating ideas

KC life sciences summit will build collaborations

Scientists often face hurdles when moving their discoveries from the lab to the marketplace and consumer.

This year, participants at the Missouri Regional Life Sciences Summit in Kansas City will come together to identify partnerships between researchers and entrepreneurs.

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

On March 8-9, the University of Missouri will lead the summit in conjunction with the Kansas City Area Development Council on the UM-Kansas City campus

MU researchers who will speak at the summit include:

  • Gabor Forgacs, professor of physics, who has worked on printing tissue structures that could lead to building organs.
  • Carolyn Henry, associate professor of veterinary medicine and surgery, is part of  a National Cancer Institute projct to test new cancer drugs on animals.
  • Randall Prather, professor of animal sciences, who has worked to breed pigs with characteristics scientists can use to investigate human diseases.
  • Peter Sutovsky, associate professor of animal sciences, who has improved fertility rates among animals and whose work has translated to include human fertility.
  • Jerry Taylor, professor of animal sciences, who has found new uses for genetic research devices.

For a complete schedule and to register for the summit, go to