Opportunity To Work With NBAF, Kansas State University Scientists Lures New York Company To Kansas

A bio-defense company from Larchmont, New York, is opening a new office in Manhattan to work more closely with Kansas State University scientists and capitalize on the future opening of NBAF – the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility being built on the K-State campus.

Orion Integrated Biosciences, founder and CEO, Willy Valdivia says he chose Manhattan because right now it’s the epicenter of a transition process of technology.

According to Valdivia, another drawing card is the fact that Kansas State University is one of the few places in the United States authorized to work with exotic pathogens.

Since 2009, Orion Integrated Biosciences has had a partnership with the Department of Homeland Security’s Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases, which is housed in Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

NBAF construction began in 2005 and is targeted for completion in 2023. While it won’t be fully completed for years, Valdivia says NBAF will continue to attract bio-defense companies while it is under construction.

Valdivia says Orion Integrated Biosciences is working on a variety of projects.

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