KC Corridor Seeks Award, Investment Nominees

Deadlines are approaching in connection with two annual events.

Dr. Ralph Richardson, left, receives the 2015 Iron Paw Award from Bayer Animal Health executive Ian Spinks.

KC Animal Health Corridor

The Kansas City Animal Health Corridor is looking for the next Magnomics and Ralph C. Richardson.

The organization, which works to raise awareness of and stimulate the region’s animal health industry, issued calls for companies desiring a spot in the annual Investment Forum and for individuals worthy of the Iron Paw Award.

The Portuguese company Magnomics was among 17 young businesses that went onstage last summer in Kansas City, Mo., to present their products or ideas to an audience of potential investors. Magnomics took home the Innovation Award in recognition of the company’s sales pitch.

At the Homecoming Dinner the day before, Dr. Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, was honored with the Iron Paw Award for his contributions to the animal health industry. He is the former dean of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

The 2016 dinner will take place Aug. 29. The Investment Forum is set for Aug. 30.

A committee will select the presenters in the eighth annual Investment Forum. Besides Magnomics, chosen companies have included FitBark Inc., Jaguar Animal Health and Nexvet Biopharma.

Applicants must require from $500,000 to $20 million in funding and have revenue projections of at least $20 million within five to seven years.

Applications must be submitted at www.bit.ly/1wYoQ1z by April 15.

Iron Paw nominations are being accepted until March 2 at www.bit.ly/1NyFLOS.

The KC Animal Health Corridor hosts more than 300 animal health companies across a 300-mile stretch of Missouri and Kansas.

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