About BTBC

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Who We Are

We’re the BTBC. We do business with people doing business.

The BTBC opened its doors on KU’s (University of Kansas) West Campus in summer of 2010. Since then, we have reached full occupancy and added two buildings to our portfolio of properties, extending our reach to the Kansas City metropolitan area. Comprised of roughly 85,000 square feet of functional space, the BTBC now houses more than 50 companies that employ over 310 employees with an aggregated annual payroll over $18,500,000.

Creating Wealth for the Local Community

Novel research conducted in university settings is often licensed to companies that commercialize it in other parts of the country and world, allowing those communities to prosper. By creating a local infrastructure of talent, resources, and business support, the BTBC ensures researchers and entrepreneurs can commercialize innovations right here in Lawrence, KS, creating wealth in the community through jobs and taxable income.

Additionally, we actively recruit existing high-tech companies from other parts of the country and world to join the BTBC. Once they join the BTBC, these companies can access the area’s abundant resources, contribute to the growth of the region, and enhance our thriving technological ecosystem.

What We Do

We support promising tech companies in three primary ways:

Provide Highly Specialized Space

We provide modern physical space in which to conduct business. Tenant companies have the freedom to customize laboratory and office space to fit exact specifications and accommodate highly individualized security, equipment, privacy, and functionality needs.

Offer Value-Added Business Services

Our team draws on extensive startup and technology business experience to provide tenant companies with knowledgeable guidance and counsel. Acting as entrepreneurs in residence, members of the BTBC provide independent perspectives and insights to help businesses and entrepreneurs succeed. Additionally, the BTBC also manages a Business Analyst Intern Program, employing KU’s most promising business, law, and engineering students to assist tenant companies with various projects through hands-on engagement.

Enable Crucial Relationships

The BTBC facilitates key relationships and exchanges between our tenant companies and thought leaders from KU and the local community. We strive to understand our tenant companies’ businesses, so we can identify which individuals in our network can best provide value. After pinpointing critical needs, we form strategic connections between our tenant companies and highly respected KU researchers for collaborative opportunities, local government officials who can identify economic incentives, and professional service providers who can handle key operations—freeing our clients to focus on growth.

Who We Help

The BTBC specializes in assisting advanced technology and bioscience companies with high potential, which typically grow and scale quickly under the right conditions and with the right help. Companies in these industries generate high-quality, high-paying jobs that maximize the impact on the local economy and create wealth for the community.

Medical & Life Sciences

KU boasts a brilliant faculty and ranks first in grant money received from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). KU’s School of Pharmacy also ranks second nationally among universities receiving money from the NIH for novel research. The BTBC connects tenant companies and KU faculty in strategic partnerships to further develop key technologies and leverage long-lasting relationships.

Software & Hardware

The BTBC currently supports eight tenant companies that are commercializing innovative new software and hardware technologies for healthcare, navigation, business, and science.  The BTBC helps shape the future of the tech industry by working with companies that meet the rising demand for innovative software and hardware products.

Energy & Chemicals

KU’s Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis (CEBC) provides opportunities for private sector collaborations in the area of traditional energy and alternative fuel development. Recently, the CEBC received a 4-year, $4 million federal grant for research in safer chemical manufacturing processes. The BTBC strives to help our tenant companies join these research efforts.

Other Innovations

Although the majority of the BTBC tenant companies are commercializing technologies in energy, drug development, healthcare, software and hardware, and consumer goods, each physical space at the BTBC is customizable for highly specialized needs. This flexibility has attracted a roster of tenants that includes several companies making rapid progress in bringing other novel technologies to market.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

BTBC is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusiveness. We believe that innovation cannot exist without diverse ideas, voices, and perspectives. We acknowledge our role in ensuring equitable treatment and eliminating discrimination for all staff, clients, resident companies, and partners. For that reason, BTBC and the KU Innovation Park are committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive work environment that nurtures the growth and development of all individuals. We hold to the belief that a diverse community of values, interests, experiences, intellectual, and cultural viewpoints enrich our workplace and the workplaces of the businesses and individuals located at the Park. To that end, we are dedicated to creating an inclusive environment that promotes mutual respect, dignity, fairness, and equality for all individuals and businesses. 

Where We're Headed

Our newest facility, known as Phase III, is the next step in a 20-year plan to develop an Innovation District that aligns with KU’s Master Plan. Tenants of Phase III can expect excellent lab space with new and highly desirable amenities. These amenities will be combined with the business services and support that the BTBC has built its success on. Tenants will be close to cutting-edge research at the University of Kansas, leading to greater technological innovation and development.

BTBC Staff

E. LaVerne Epp

Executive Chairman

Robert Knapp

Executive Vice President of Corporate Relations

Adam Courtney

Executive Vice President of Finance

Michael Smithyman

Director of Operations

Erik Blume

Director of Business Management Services

Kerri Johnson

Internal Operations Manager

Ruth Bucey

Office Manager

Caitlin Teters

Business Analyst

Amanda White

Business Analyst

BTBC Companies

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The Bioscience & Technology Business Center (BTBC) is a unique partnership among the City of Lawrence, Douglas County, the University of Kansas, and local business community via The Chamber, Lawrence, Kansas to support the bioscience and technology industries in northeastern Kansas.

BTBC Board Members

Class A Members – designated by stakeholders

  • Brad Finkeldei – Vice Mayor, City of Lawrence
  • Douglas A. Girod, M.D. – Chancellor, University of Kansas
  • Patrick Kelly – Executive Director – Curriculum and Instruction, USD 497 Lawrence Public Schools
  • Derek Kwan (Secretary) – Executive Director, Lied Center of Kansas – University of Kansas


Class B Members – appointed by Class A Members


Ex-Officio – appointed by position