K-State Olathe welcomes community at April 26 grand opening

June 8, 2011

grandopeningOLATHE, Kan. - Kansas State University celebrated the dedication of its first building, the International Animal Health and Food Safety Institute on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at the new K-State Olathe campus. An open house for the public followed the dedication ceremony.

"We had a great turnout," said K-State Olathe chief executive officer Dan Richardson. "We were happy to welcome so many from the community, as well as K-State faculty and students from Manhattan and Salina. We also appreciate the many speakers, exhibitors, presenters, and music groups for helping make the day a resounding success."

The open house featured displays by K-State colleges and programs, as well as programs at Johnson County school districts, including Olathe, Blue Valley, Gardner-Edgerton, Spring Hill, Shawnee Mission and Desoto.

The event showcased many of the activities and capabilities associated with the new building, including K-State's Sensory and Consumer Research Center, which is establishing a satellite center at the new K-State Olathe campus.

Throughout the day, presentations were given on educational programs being developed to meet industry needs, including presentations on animal health and food safety that allowed the audience in Olathe to interact with a world-renowned expert at K-State's Manhattan campus as if they were in the same room.

Music groups from Olathe Northwest High School provided music throughout the day and K-State's Willie the Wildcat made a midday appearance.

"This is a great day for Kansas and K-State," said Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, who spoke at the dedication ceremony. "The opening of this institute will strengthen the efforts to make our state a worldwide leader in animal health and food safety, which in turn will greatly expand our research and economic activity, and create jobs."

The International Animal Health and Food Safety Institute is a $28 million, 108,000-square-foot building that will house research, education and commercialization programs in its laboratories and classrooms.

Students working toward master's and doctorate degrees in biosciences and biotechnology will have the opportunity to work alongside scientists conducting research on the campus. In addition, K-State Olathe will also work with Kansas City area companies in providing professional development training for employees.

K-State Olathe is part of the Johnson County Education and Research Triangle initiative, a cooperative effort with the University of Kansas that involves KU's Edwards Campus and the KU Medical Center.

OLATHE, Kan. -- The department of agricultural economics at Kansas State University will present a luncheon seminar on regulatory compliance in the animal health industry from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at K-State Olathe. The seminar will provide animal health companies with regulatory guidance to enhance their global competitiveness.

The seminar speakers are Steven Vaughn, director of the Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation at the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine, and Stephanie Batliner, chair of the Generic Animal Drug Alliance. Vaughn's presentation will include remedies for common pitfalls the FDA observes in many organizations' regulatory adherence. He also will discuss the agency's new Innovation Initiative, which focuses on the process for evaluating innovative new technologies. Batliner will provide an industry perspective on the regulatory process and share regulatory lessons learned.

"Regulatory compliance is critical to organizations' competitiveness," said Vincent Amanor-Boadu, associate professor of agribusiness economics and management at K-State. "This seminar aims to contribute to regulatory knowledge that eliminates unnecessary costs that adversely affect the animal health supply chain."

Tickets cover the seminar and lunch, and are available online at http://www.ageconomics.ksu.edu under the Events tab. Register by Tuesday, June 14, to receive early bird prices: $50 per person and $170 for four individuals from the same company. The price after June 14 is $70 per person and $250 for four people from the same company. For more information, contact Kara Ross at 785-532-3536 or kross@agecon.ksu.edu.

For more information:

Kara Ross - 785-532-3536 or kross@agecon.ksu.edu