Editorial: Bioscience win Attracting the North American headquarters of an animal health firm to Lawrence is a promising development.

August 28, 2014

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This week’s announcement that a New Zealand animal health firm will locate its U.S. headquarters in Lawrence certainly is good news.

The firm, Simcro Ltd., plans to have only about three employees in Lawrence initially, but said in its announcement that it “foresees a rapid expansion” in the Lawrence area. That’s important not only because of the jobs that will be created here but because it helps solidify Lawrence’s foothold in the animal science corridor that stretches from Columbia, Mo., to Manhattan. Kansas University, its pharmacy school and its pharmaceutical chemistry researchers have been better known for human drug development; bringing Simcro to Lawrence helps extend that research reputation.

The three-year lease Simcro has signed for space in the Bioscience and Technology Business Center on KU’s West Campus also validates the investment the city, county, chamber of commerce and KU have made in developing that facility. The goal for the center was for it to serve as an incubator for developing technology and life-science firms. The hope is that those early ventures will decide to expand their commercial operations in Lawrence thereby contributing to the community’s employment opportunities and economic vitality. Simcro presents a promising opportunity to achieve those expansion goals. Having Simcro here also could make Lawrence more attractive to other companies that support or complement Simcro’s work.

Nationwide competition for bioscience business and development is intense. Attracting Simcro is a significant “win” not only for Lawrence but for the entire animal health corridor.

 

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