Kauffman Foundation Seeds Kansas City Life Sciences Fund With $1.5 Million Grant

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has announced a $1.5 million grant to the Kansas City Life Sciences Fund to help recruit to the city top medical researchers focused on finding cures for cancer and diabetes.

Established by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation in partnership with the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute, the fund works to encourage donors to participate in the community foundation's Time to Get It Right initiative, which promotes the cultivation of a strong urban university and an enhanced research capacity in the city. According to GKCCF, donors intend to establish several additional funds to support the region's life sciences initiatives.

The committee of scientific experts that advises the fund has recommended that one of its initial grants support the University of Kansas Medical Center's recruitment of a highly acclaimed researcher in the field of diabetes. A regional effort around diabetes has emerged in the formation of the Midwest Diabetes Coalition, a collaborative effort that includes diabetes researchers and care givers from KU Medical Center, Children's Mercy Hospital, Saint Luke's Health System, and the Stowers Institute for Medical Research.

"We are very pleased to seed this fund and thus build momentum around it," said Kauffman Foundation president and CEO Carl Schramm. "The Kansas City Life Sciences Fund is another step toward advancing medical innovations by stimulating ongoing support for life science initiatives in the region and providing oversight to ensure that the dollars raised are being used to achieve maximum value."

"Kauffman Foundation Seeds Kansas City Life Sciences Fund." Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Press Release 02/09/2009.