In 2017, the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense — now the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense (BCB) — held hearings at Kansas State University. Panel member Tom Daschle — former U.S. Senate Majority Leader and a target of one of the anthrax letters in 2001 — called the concentration of bio/agrodefense assets and capabilities here "the Silicon Valley for biodefense." This evolving innovation ecosystem around NBAF offers more than 50 acres for new building space, training facilities, and laboratories.
The Silicon Valley for Biodefense includes the following important partner resources:
- Biosecurity Research Institute
- Kansas Department of Agriculture
- USDA's Center for Grain and Animal Health Research
- Animal Sciences and Industry
- Food Science Institute
- Grain Science and Industry Complex
- Plant Sciences: Agronomy and Plant Pathology
- Veterinary Medicine Complex
- Partnership Park
K-State Office Park
The K-State Office Park opened the doors on its first building in October of 2015. It houses the KSU Foundation headquarters, as well as hosting multiple legacy tenants, such as Garmin, U.S. Engineering, and the Veterinary and Biomedical Research Center (VBRC). A new VBRC laboratory facility opened 6 miles east of the office park in 2013.
A second 60,000-square-foot building, 1880 Kimball Avenue, was completed in August 2018, and it houses partner tenants such as USDA, Topcon Agriculture, and WTC Communications. With three future phases still in the works, K-State Office Park will add 310,000 square feet of flexible research and office space to the K-State community once completed.
K-State Research Park
The K-State Research Park includes four buildings: the Manhattan/Kansas State University Innovation Center, the College of Human Ecology's Mary and Carl Ice Hall, the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) administrative offices, and a new KDA laboratory. Construction of a new Stormont Vail clinical facility is underway. Future plans include adding new buildings around NBAF that businesses and university programs can use for office space, training facilities and research laboratories.
The Kansas State University Innovation Partners (KSU-IP) in the Innovation Center facilitates R&D collaborations with public and private-sector entities regionally, nationally and globally. KSU-IP partnered with a number of KSU units, the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Manhattan to create the Knowledge Based Economic Development (KBED), LLC, in 2008 to facilitate economic development activities focused on KSU strengths.
KSU-IP can assist in obtaining funding to advance transformative innovations by engaging Kansas City-based TechAccel, LLC, a forward-leaning investment company that KSU and KSU-IP helped establish. TechAccel focuses on co-development and de-risking of animal, plant and food ingredient technologies.
Orion Integrated Biosciences, originally headquartered in Larchmont, New York opened a new office in the Manhattan/Kansas State University Innovation Center 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.
Edge Collaboration District (formerly 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 district serves 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.
More than a dozen industry partners and six academic colleges are represented in the Edge Collaboration District, and more are expected. These partnerships and $2 billion of current and planned infrastructure investment in the district will further inspire industry collaboration along the northern edge of campus, which includes the K-State Research Park, K-State Office Park, National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, Biosecurity Research Institute, the College of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Agriculture's Grain Science and Industry Complex and more.