Missouri Western State University has officially announced two new tenants for the Christopher S. “Kit” Bond Science and Technology Incubator.
On April 15, it was confirmed that the following companies, DT Search and Designs LLC and the United States Animal Health Association (USAHA), will come in as the second and third tenants for the Incubator following IMULAN, which recently moved into the incubator.
Dean of Western Institute Gordon Mapley is excited about the progress made by the Incubator and feels that the building is fulfilling its primary goal.
“The reason for the Incubator was to incubate new businesses and create new jobs and new technology and make a difference for the local community…,” Mapley said. “I’m very excited to be a part of this process.”
DT Search and Designs LLC, which was recently awarded a Missouri Rising Star of Innovation award from the University of Missouri Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, researches and develops products in such industries as animal waste management and military telecommunications.
The third tenant, the United States Animal Health Association, is an established organization designed to control all animal diseases in the United States.
According to Gary Clapp, the president/CEO of the Institute for Industrial and Applied Life Sciences, the USAHA expressed an interest in coming to the Incubator more than a year ago. Although ongoing construction held them back for the time being, the organization was recently brought on and Clapp couldn’t be more satisfied with having the USAHA as a tenant.
“Being that the Incubator matches the Animal Health’s mission and vision for the facility, they really wanted to be a part of it so they approached us when their lease was looking to expire,” Clapp said. “It’s like a professional society…it makes great sense having them here.”
It also makes sense to Ben Ritchie, the executive director of the USAHA.?
“We’re hoping to be up and running next week,” Ritchie said. “We’re excited from the support from the university…and we’re looking forward to translating that into long-term benefits not only for the organization, but for everyone involved.”
Despite the success, Clapp notes that there is still work to be done on the part of the Institute.
“We’re still on a hunt to fill the Incubator,” Clapp said. “The three tenants will effectively take us to almost full on the first floor, leave only one space left available and that one space is an office-lab combination.”
Nevertheless, Clapp feels that the Incubator will continue to see success in the future and will be a place that can breed benefits.
“This location is a wonderful collegiate environment,” Clapp said. “It will be full of stimulating, intellectual people who are interested in science and technology.”