Pottawatomie County has a small, but growing, bio-technology sector with the potential for exponential growth in the next few years. A unique combination of assets gives Pottawatomie County a strong competitive advantage in the effort to develop a bio-technology cluster. The Kansas biotechnology industry is growing at a faster rate than the U.S. as a whole, doubling in total employment from 2001 to 2010 (from 2,866 to 5,646). Arguably one of the most impactful developments in the area is the selection of Manhattan for the establishment of the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF) which is currently under construction. Other major assets include:
Our location within the Animal Science Corridor, which extends from Columbia, Missouri to Manhattan, Kansas;
Kansas State University, with its key research strengths in agricultural sciences and bio-sciences, and the largest undergraduate animal science program in the U.S.;
Several existing bio-science firms, including start-ups (NBO3, MS Biotec, Green Dot Holdings, Midwest Veterinary Services); and
Ample land available for development, both for professional office and research buildings and for designated outdoor R and D space as needed for both crop and animal research.