“Headquartered in Kansas City, MO, MRIGlobal is the internationally acclaimed “go to” center for applied research and technology development.” – MRIGlobal. Linkedin. Accessed Aug. 26, 2018.
The success of MRIGlobal has had an effect on Kansas City throughout the organization’s history. However, that effect didn’t remain in the past. MRIGlobal is still affecting the city today. MRIGlobal brings national notice to Kansas City through employment, awards and grants and special projects.
MRIGlobal brings attention to Kansas City in both the number of people it hires and in the way it treats them. MRIGlobal employees hundreds of people at its Kansas City headquarters, making it part of Kansas City’s foundation. It also treats those employees well. For example, for two years in a row, MRIGlobal was named Kansas City’s healthiest employer.
MRIGlobal attracts national and international attention to Kansas City through awards and grants, many from the federal government. For example, in August, the organization won a “5-year, $19.9 million contract from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Cancer Institute (NCI)/Division of Cancer Prevention to continue to operate the Centralized Chemopreventive Agent Repository and Drug Chemistry Support program,” according to a 2018 press release. Similarly, in 2017, MRIGlobal won an NIH contract worth $13.7 million to research tuberculosis, according to a 2017 Kansas City Star article.
Another way that MRIGlobal brings national awareness to Kansas City is through its special projects. These include its labs. MRIGlobal runs several labs, including those that meet biosafety level (BSL) BSL-2 and BLS-3 enhanced and animal biosafety level (ABSL) ABSL-1, ABSL-2, ABSL-3 and ABSL-3 enhanced, according to the CBNE tech index. These special projects also include its partnerships. For example, MRIGlobal partnered with the University of Missouri to study the mechanism that transmits the zika virus, according to a 2016 Kansas City Star article.
Employments, awards and grants and special projects are all ways that MRIGlobal focuses national attention on Kansas City. Orbis Biosciences® is privileged to be located in a city that’s nationally known for its biotech organizations.