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National Bio and Agro-defense Facility

Corporate partnerships

From the early stages of construction to the finished operational laboratory, NBAF's arrival brings new possibilities for businesses. Kansas State University and the Manhattan community offer many opportunities for businesses to grow while maintaining proximity to important federal, state and corporate partners. 

Once operational, NBAF is expected to employ about 400 people full-time. It also is expected to bring an additional 40 businesses and laboratories and generate an economic return of $3.5 billion in its first 20 years.

Kansas State University's Manhattan campus is developing the north campus corridor to expand the university's research park adjacent to NBAF and to provide a commercial office park across the street. When the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense held hearings at Kansas State, January 26, 2017, panel member Tom Daschle — former U.S. Senate Majority Leader — drew the analogy of what the Silicon Valley is to technology, this area is to bio/agrodefense.  Considering he was one of the targets of the anthrax letters in 2001 soon after 9/11, his passion, firsthand knowledge and credibility regarding bioterrorism threats is unrivaled.  As a result, when Senator Daschle went on to call the concentration of assets and capabilities here "the Silicon Valley for biodefense," it resonated with everyone. This evolving innovation ecosystem around NBAF offers more than 50 acres for new building space, training facilities, laboratories and satellite offices.

Silicon Valley for Biuodefense  

With the $1.25 billion investment in NBAF, Manhattan, Kansas has become bio/agro security central, U.S.A.  It's where government/industry/university research and development partnerships will provide solutions to existing and emerging biological threats that imperil America's food supply, economy and people.  

Bio-Agro Innovation Nexus

The Silicon Valley for Biodefense includes the following important partner resources:

In addition, the Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization (KSU-IC) facilitates R&D collaborations with public and private-sector entities regionally, nationally and globally in an effort to fast-track technology development across the bio/agro sciences.  The bio/agro innovation nexus served encompasses plants (crops), animals (livestock), food and people.


KSU-IC can also assist in obtaining funding to advance transformative innovations, for example by engaging TechAccel, LLC, a forward-leaning investment company that KSU and KSU-IC helped establish.  TechAccel focuses on co-development and de-risking of animal, plant and food ingredient technologies, targeting its resources to the center of the bio-agro innovation nexus.

Kansas State University Partnership Office Park

The Kansas State University Foundation is developing a corporate office park on a 14-acre tract of land at the corner of Kimball and Denison avenues. The land is adjacent to the NBAF site and the Grain Science and Industry Complex.

Partnership Office Park Details

The initial project for the site was a new 60,000-square-foot building for the KSU Foundation which was completed in October 2015.  Four corporate tenants lease space in that building already:  Garmin; G.E. Johnson Construction; U.S. Engineering; and the Veterinary and Biomedical Research Center.  In addition to on-site company personnel, they employ nearly 30 student interns.

A new VBRC laboratory facility opened 6 miles east of the office park in 2013; NBAF was a prime motivator for building the lab near Manhattan.  The VBRC corporate offices were initially located in the Manhattan/Kansas State University Innovation Center in the research park, but they moved to the office park when the first building opened there in 2015.

Future phases will add three buildings to provide more than 220,000 square feet of commercial space for corporate offices and laboratories.  A second 60,000-square-foot building currently has commitments to lease 20 percent of the space and when it reaches 50 percent, construction will begin.  That could occur as early as July 2016.

A site plan for the office park has been developed in conjunction with the adjacent Grain Science and Industry Complex.

Grain Science and Industry Complex
The Grain Science and Industry Complex sits on 16 acres north of Kimball Avenue in Manhattan. The complex, less than half a mile from the NBAF site, includes five buildings:
Future plans include adding three new buildings to the complex to provide additional office space as well as AIB International's research and training space. 

Kansas State University Partnership Research Park

The Kansas State University Research Park includes three buildings: the Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization, Ice Hall with the College of Human Ecology and the Kansas Department of Agriculture. Future plans include adding 17 new buildings that businesses and university programs can use for office space, training facilities and research laboratories.

Orion Integrated Biosciences headquartered in Larchmont, New York opened a new office in the Manhattan/Kansas State University Innovation Center in the research park in 2016.  Proximity to NBAF and Kansas State's expertise related to the NBAF mission were the primary drivers for opening an office in Manhattan.

A site plan for the Kansas State University Partnership Research Park has been developed and includes three phases.

North Campus Corridor

Kansas State University and the city of Manhattan are working together to integrate the current and future development of facilities and infrastructure in the north section of the Kansas State Manhattan campus.  The corridor will serve as a hotspot of research, education and professional training.  It networks the research facilities with the university's academic, intellectual property and athletic facilities as well as with future startup and mature companies renting office and lab space in the corridor.

Become part of Kansas State University's north campus corridor and the Silicon Valley for  biodefense; Manhattan, Kansas' evolving bio/agro security innovation ecosystem.