K-State and Elanco sign strategic alliance to improve animal health


MANHATTAN, Kansas – Kansas State University and Elanco Animal Health Incorporated are joining forces to tackle innovation in pet and livestock health.

A five-year strategic alliance agreement between the university and Elanco will enable collaborative research and licensing of intellectual property for commercialization activities. Researchers will focus on activities supporting sustainable practices in animal production and companion animal health; prevention and treatment of vector-borne and emerging diseases; and an advanced understanding of the microbiome in animals. Elanco’s research and development model is to attract leading innovators as a partner of choice. They chose K-State as their primary key veterinary partner.

“K-State and Elanco have many areas of common strengths and goals. Alignment is a natural fit,” said Bonnie Rush, dean of K-State College of Veterinary Medicine. “The exchange of scientific expertise between talented scientists from both entities will create a special environment for rapid advancements. The cumulative experience and balance between science and commercialization ensure that technological advancements will lead to practical application. “

One of the main objectives of the partnership is to establish new approaches to increase sustainable practices, reducing the carbon footprint of animal production, with the ultimate goal of providing innovative solutions to veterinarians and producers to keep animals in good health. good health using safe and effective solutions.

Elanco will collaborate with K-State faculty, integrate scientists in K-State labs, and use specialist research resources to engage in basic and applied collaborative research. Through this partnership, Elanco will support K-State graduate students, scholars and faculty, and facilitate an exchange of expertise through scholar exchange programs.

“An alliance with Kansas State University is really a win-win for both organizations,” said Jose Simas, executive vice president of US Farm Animal business for Elanco. “It offers Elanco the opportunity to engage with experts beyond our walls, focusing on timely innovation and practical solutions. Meanwhile, K-State has the opportunity to utilize the business expertise of a leading animal health organization with nearly 70 years of industry experience.


The collaboration enables research at the forefront of innovation for the surveillance of new diseases to adapt research agendas and provide product solutions, as well as the development of innovative approaches for existing vector-borne diseases by building on common strengths.

“Forming this strategic alliance with Elanco enhances our ability to receive critical industry feedback early in the process on discoveries consistent with their external innovation goals,” said Bret Ford, Director of Business Development and Licensing, animal health at K-State Innovation Partners. “Additionally, the interaction will highlight the talent and expertise of our professors and demonstrate how their applied research can tackle some of the biggest issues affecting animal health and welfare.”

Elanco Animal Health Incorporated is a global leader in animal health dedicated to innovating and providing products and services to prevent and treat disease in farm and companion animals, creating value for them. farmers, animal owners, veterinarians, stakeholders and society as a whole. With nearly 70 years of animal health heritage, Elanco is committed to helping customers improve the health of the animals in their care while having a significant impact on local and global communities. At Elanco, Elanco’s vision of life-enriching food and companionship and Elanco’s sustainability and ESG commitments help advance the health of animals, people and the planet.

“As a state granting university, K-State has a long history of commitment to innovations in animal health research and agricultural sustainability,” said Beth Montelone, vice president senior research associate. “This alliance with Elanco will allow K-State to continue this work and contribute to important advances in the industry. “


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