COLUMBIA, 9/24/11 (Beat Byte) -- New Zealand-based Argenta Biosciences has chosen Lawrence, Kansas over Columbia, Missouri as the site for an animal health research center expected to employ 27 scientists with an average salary of $74,000 annually. The new laboratory will join the Bioscience and Technology Business Center at Kansas University (KU)
The Kansas Bioscience Authority, city and county grants will provide over $400,000 in incentives to Argenta, a 6-year-old drug development company. Originally, company officials thought either Manhattan, Ks. or Columbia would make better locations, as homes to university-based veterinary schools. But KU's new incubator facility changed their minds.
In six years, 21 new animal health companies have located between Columbia and Manhattan.