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William Duncan

William Duncan

Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, Oklahoma State University, 1972; M.S., Organic Chemistry, Pittsburg State University, 1966; B.S., Chemistry/Mathematics, Pittsburg State University, 1965 

Corporate-level administrative, business, and technical management of contract research and product development units performing studies in support of the development of new pharmaceutical, biotechnology, agrochemical, veterinary medicine, and related products.


Following retirement as President of the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute (KCALSI) on March 31, 2009 have provided independent consulting services to private sector companies, academic institutions, and research organizations in support of specific projects focused on life sciences/biotechnology related activities. 

Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute (February 2001 to April 2009)
Responsible for overseeing Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute’s (KCALSI) life sciences initiatives, including the articulation of KCALSI’s vision to the various community and scientific stakeholders and potential funding organizations; providing administrative and technical leadership while supporting and fostering collaborations within the research community, consistently promoting the Institute’s goals and objectives; and assisting community and scientific leaders in fundraising activities.

Midwest Research Institute, Kansas City, Missouri
Vice President, Technical Operations (February 1999 – February 2001)

(Director of Strategic Marketing, 1995-February 1999) (Other technical/management positions spanning a period of 15 years)

Responsible for oversight of the R&D activities of MRI technical divisions, including:  Chemical Sciences, Life Sciences, Applied Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Pharmaceutical Product Development, and the Center for Regional Development. As Director of Strategic Marketing was responsible for MRI’s Strategic Marketing Program and the activities of MRI regional marketing representatives.  

Professional Affiliations

  • CritiTech, Board of Directors, 2003–present
  • DT S&D Board of Directors, 2009-present
  • Strategic Veterinary Pharmaceuticals Inc., Board of Directors, 2015-present
  • Transgenx LLC, Executive VP and Founder, 2015-present
  • Advisory Board, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, 2010-present 
  • Consultant, University of MO-Columbia -2010-present  
  • Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, 2004-2009  
  • International Isotope Society, President, 1997-2000, Trustee, 1985-present  
  •  Kansas City Area Development Council, Life Sciences Advisory Council, 2006-2009  
  • Kansas Senate Committee on Science Biotechnology Task Force, October 2001–2009  
  • KansasBio Board of Directors, 2004-2009  
  • University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc. (KUCR), Board of Directors, 1993-2000
  • Missouri Biotechnology Industry Organization (MOBIO), Board of Directors, 2001-2004, Board Chair, 2004-2009  
  • Missouri Western St. Univ. Institute for Industrial and Applied Life Sciences, Advisory Board Member, 2006-Present  
  • Senator Roberts' Committee on Science, Technology and the Future, 2003-2009
  • Phoenix Scientific, Inc., Board of Directors, 1999–2002

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Service Award, International Isotope Society, 1997
  • Enterprise Award, MRI Council of Principal Scientists, 1997
  • Entrepreneur of the Year, High Technology-Life Sciences Category, Kansas/Western Missouri Region, Ernst & Young, 1992
  • Publications
  • Author or co-author of over thirty publications in peer reviewed technical journals.