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University Leaders Say Cuts To KBA Could Have Negative Impact On State

University leaders say cuts to the Kansas Bioscience Authority budget could have a negative impact on the state.

The KBA invests tax dollars in and nurtures new companies in the biosciences and life sciences fields.

It's been operating on a budget of more than $35 million dollars per year in some years.

State funding support, however, has fallen to about $4 million dollars this year.

Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little says the KBA helped the KU Cancer Center attain the National Cancer Institute designation.

Gray-Little says the funding drop will hurt the university's effort to expand the center's focus.

Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz also says the lack of KBA funding will hurt efforts to recruit top-ranked professors.