News Mar 31, 2020

Lawrence-based Clara Biotech seeking clinical trial for possible COVID-19 therapy

photo by: Sara Shepherd/Journal-World File Photo By: Conner Mitchell A Lawrence biotechnology company is in the process of solidifying clinical trials for a therapy that could drastically reduce the more complicated symptoms of COVID-19. Clara Biotech, based on the University of Kansas’ west campus, says it has developed a way to directly target infected lung tissue […]

News Mar 03, 2020

Ligand CEO on how company’s helping find a cure for the coronavirus

John Higgins, Ligand Pharmaceuticals CEO, joins ‘Power Lunch’ to discuss how the company’s drug discovery technology is helping with the race to find a cure for the coronavirus. CNBC recently interviewed John Higgins, CEO of Ligand, and asked about the company’s connection to Remdesivir, which is being used in the country’s first clinical trials for […]

News Feb 20, 2020

KU research, startup company at forefront of exosome isolation in cancer research

By Lindsey Slater  – Director of Communications You may have never heard of an exosome, but research involving these vesicles has boomed. Exosomes have a variety of clinical applications, like targeted drug delivery or liquid biopsies. A Lawrence company is on the forefront of technology that tackles the challenging process of isolating exosomes for research. […]

News Feb 20, 2020

Kelly, Girod discuss efforts to bolster Kansas workforce amid budget concerns

University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod, second from left, Secretary of Commerce David Toland, middle, and Gov. Laura Kelly, right, discuss efforts to bolster and retain the state’s workforce during a roundtable discussion on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Lawrence. Photo by: Conner Mitchell   University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod and Gov. Laura Kelly […]

News Feb 20, 2020

On The Cutting Edge

Companies right here in Lawrence create innovative technology for the health-care industry to save lives all across the globe. | 2019 Q4 | story by Tara Trenary | photos by Steven Hertzog Technology plays a crucial role in many industries, but health care is one of the most important. Technological advances in medicine in areas […]

News Jan 17, 2020

TechMap Kansas

Since returning to Kansas in 2017, Beth Ellyn and I have immersed ourselves in the tech and startup ecosystems of Kansas and Kansas City. In the last year, we’ve organized data on tech employers in the region, including startups. Today, as Free State Forge, we are publishing some stats and maps that should help show […]

News Oct 23, 2019

Growing Lawrence Technology Company Uses DNA to Ensure Food Chain Traceability

By Lindsey Slater Communications Director Lawrence Chamber of Commerce September 24, 2019 Lawrence is located in the middle of the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, the largest concentration of animal health companies in the world. IdentiGEN, whose U.S. operations are based in the Bioscience and Technology Business Center at the University of Kansas, uses DNA […]

News Oct 22, 2019

Likarda Co-Founder Dr. Lisa Stehno-Bittel one of 50 Kansans You Should Know

Bankers and Businessmen, Farmers and Financiers. You’ll find them all in Ingram’s 50 Kansans You Should Know To find these 50 Kansans, we cast an 82,227-square-mile blanket across the Sunflower State. Time for a little global geography test. Here are a few countries from around the world: Syria. Cambodia. Greece. North Korea. Ireland. Cuba. Switzerland. […]

News Oct 22, 2019

Back to the Cutting Edge

SEPTEMBER 13, 2019 Our effort to restore the Department of Commerce involves building capacity and reestablishing successful programs and tools that helped the state facilitate growth and spark investment in key industries for our future. This means getting back to the cutting edge of areas where we were previously invested and leading. During the 1980’s, […]