ARS Signs Partnership Agreement

Kansas group will help commercialize ARS technology.

Published on: Jul 29, 2010

Officials with USDA's Agricultural Research Service have signed an agreement with the Kansas Bioscience Authority to help commercialize ARS-developed technologies in the key areas of: animal health, human health, plant biology, bioenergy and biomaterials. Under the terms of the five-year Partnership Intermediary Agreement, ARS and KBA will work together to increase awareness among Kansas businesses about opportunities for collaborative research, licensing and commercialization of technologies developed in ARS laboratories.

ARS Administrator Edward Knipling says this agreement will - build on a groundswell of bioscience innovation by partnering members of Kansas' entrepreneurial community and higher-education institutions with ARS scientists conducting world-class research at more than 100 locations nationwide.

ARS has similar agreements with the Maryland Technology Development Corporation, the Mississippi Technology Alliance, the Wisconsin Security Research Consortium, the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds, the Georgia Research Alliance, the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority in Pennsylvania, and the Center for Innovation at Arlington, Texas.