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K-State Today

January 31, 2017



President Myers joins TechAccel board of directors

By Communications and Marketing

Kansas State University President Richard B. Myers has joined the board of directors of TechAccel LLC, effective immediately.

TechAccel, based in Overland Park, is a technology and venture development organization focused on agriculture and animal health sectors. It was founded in 2014 by K-State with Michael Helmstetter and the Bicknell Family Holding Company.

"We are honored to welcome President Myers to TechAccel," said Helmstetter, who serves as the company's president and CEO. "From my past experience working with Myers on the board of MRIGlobal, I know he will bring invaluable leadership as an advocate for the advancement of technology in agriculture and animal health."

Terry Dunn, chairman of the TechAccel board, said the company is glad to have the backing of the K-State president.

"We've already been partners with K-State researchers supporting several TechAccel programs, and this affirms our business model while cementing a strong, forward-looking relationship," Dunn said.

K-State and TechAccel have proven to be powerful collaborators in identifying innovations in agriculture and advancing them toward market, Myers said.

"K-State has depth of ag expertise that aligns beautifully with TechAccel's investment capital and research management," Myers said. "We share the common goal of advancing agriculture and animal health tech innovations."

TechAccel was founded as a first-of-its-kind venture and technology development company in the agriculture, animal health and food sectors. TechAccel sources, invests in and acquires early-stage innovations. Through collaborations with universities and research institutions, the company conducts advancement and de-risking research and development to ready technologies for commercialization.