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Jill McCarthy

Senior Vice President | Corporate Attraction
With more than 25 years of experience, Jill leads the business development team.


The Kansas City region is a proven global leader in animal health, drug development, diagnostics and clinical research. The Kansas City region offers a strong network of expertise and knowledge for human and animal health companies working to grow their businesses and advance their technologies.

Innovation in the time of COVID-19

Local companies in the Kansas City region have come together and are playing a major role on a global stage for combating the COVID-19 pandemic. At a time when it's most needed, the KC region is pushing bioscience innovations:

  • Clara Biotech, a Lawrence biotech startup, has an exosome technology that could reduce the severity of COVID-19 lung infections.

  • Examinetics, Inc., a provider of onsite occupational health services, hired a new CEO to help tackle mission-critical facilities in industries such as health care, food processing, energy and essential manufacturing. The company is also offering customized screening and surveillance services to address concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19.

  • InnovaPrep, a company in Drexel, Missouri, has developed a coronavirus airborne detection system.

  • TripleBlind, a Kansas City company, has developed a privacy-first app that allows for contact tracing to help track exposure to COVID-19.

  • U.S. Engineering, Tradebot, Russell Stover Chocolates, MTAR and the University of Kansas Health System came together to buy 50,000 COVID-19 test kits for Kansas City. 

Grow your business in KC

If you are looking to grow your business within the KC region, please contact Kimberly Young, President of the KC Animal Health Corridor.

Regional Bioscience Organizations:


BioKansas is a unified voice representing the biosciences in Kansas. Across the human, plant, animal and industrial biosciences, BioKansas is focused on enhancing the business and research climate and working with leaders across the state to attract and retain bioscience talent, companies and funding.

Missouri Biotechnology Association (MOBIO)

The Missouri Biotechnology Association (MOBIO) is a nonprofit trade association that serves all Missouri organizations interested in the life sciences. MOBIO is composed of a broad cross-section of companies, institutions of higher education, research organizations and related firms involved in research, development and commercialization of the life sciences. MOBIO members promote economic development in Missouri by supporting life science research and practical applications that benefit the general population.

BioNexus KC

BioNexus KC serves as the coordinating body for the Greater Kansas City region’s life sciences research initiatives, spanning Missouri and Kansas.

Kansas City Animal Health Corridor

The KC Animal Health Corridor, anchored by Manhattan, Kansas, and Columbia, Missouri, is home to more than 300 animal health companies, representing the largest concentration in the world. Companies with a strategic location in the KC Animal Health Corridor now represent 56 percent of total worldwide animal health, diagnostics and pet food sales.

Missouri Technology Corporation (MTC)

The Missouri Technology Corporation ("MTC") is a public-private partnership created by the Missouri General Assembly to promote entrepreneurship and foster the growth of new and emerging high-tech companies. MTC focuses on 21st Century bioscience industries that build on Missouri's rich history in agriculture and technology.

For more information contact:

jill_color_0730_webJILL MCCARTHY
Senior Vice President, Corporate Attraction | KCADC

m: 816.591.1834
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kim_color_0239_webKIMBERLY YOUNG
President | KC Animal Health Corridor

m: 816.654.3617
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emily_color_0311EMILY MCVEY
m: 816.522.6168
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