Our Story

As human and animal health companies struggle to advance medical innovation while managing costs, the outsourcing of research and development functions has become a critical strategy for success. BioResearch Central's CRO concentration fulfills that strategy by providing the outsourcing resource needed to accelerate healthcare innovation.

Our Advantage

The top 16 global pharmaceutical companies have turned to BioResearch Central companies for contract research services. And our CROs have contributed to the development of more than 60 currently marketed pharmaceutical products.

Any research sponsor seeking more targeted and collaborative partnerships that provide consistent quality, efficiency, reliability and the mitigation of risk should consider working with the companies of BioResearch Central.

Our Assets

BioResearch Central employs more than 9,000 people and generates nearly $1 billion in revenue each year. View NDDA Report

What is BioResearch Central?
The Greater Kansas City region's BioResearch Central is one of the nation's top concentrations of contract research organizations (CROs) and related service providers. It is made up of more than 90 CROs and related service providers located in and around the Greater Kansas City Region. BioResearch Central represents a collaborative contract research community that helps sponsors to move their products through the development process with speed, quality, and deep industry insights.
What is the geographic location of BioResearch Central?
BioResearch Central extends from central Kansas to central Missouri, with the greatest concentration of companies located in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area. BioResearch Central companies are currently delivering solutions for national and international customers all around the globe.
What kind of services do BioResearch Central companies provide?
BioResearch Central companies are experienced in a breadth of bioresearch services including discovery, formulation development, toxicology, bioanalytics, clinical trials, regulatory and commercial support.
What kind of research sponsors do BioResearch Central companies serve?
BioResearch Central companies are equipped to support sponsors from startup biotech companies to pharmaceutical giants. Top global pharmaceutical companies, including each of the top 16, have enlisted BioResearch Central companies for contract research services.
Why has contract research thrived in the Greater Kansas City Region?
Born out of the legacy of Ewing Kauffman and Marion Laboratories, BioResearch Central is supported by a highly experienced workforce. It is part of a larger regional network of life science assets in the Greater Kansas City Region that strengthens its offerings and advances contract research and supporting services.
What other regional assets support BioResearch Central?
Between Columbia, Missouri and Manhattan, Kansas sits the Animal Health Corridor
What kind of economic impact does BioResearch Central have on the Greater Kansas City Region?
BioResearch Central employs more than 9,000 people and generates nearly $1 billion in revenue each year.
How can I find CROs and related service providers within BioResearch Central with specific expertise?
Visit BioResearchCentral.com to download a directory of BioResearch Central companies or to search Pharmaloco's BioResearch Central database by company by name or area of expertise.
What is a contract research organization?
A contract research organization (CRO) is a company that provides outsourced services at some stage in the development of drugs or medical devices for humans or animals. CROs may conduct basic discovery research, formulation, preclinical research, clinical trials management, and any number of services in between.
What is a "related service provider"?
BioResearch Central also includes a number of related service providers. While these organizations do not conduct research, they do provide critical services to biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies or to CROs. They include organizations that provide commercial support and licensing, market research, laboratory design, and other services that make excellent contract research possible.
What is a research sponsor?
A research sponsor is the organization (generally a pharmaceutical or biotechnology company) that enlists a CRO to conduct contract research.

Our Companies

BioResearch Central companies represent one of the nation's 15th largest concentrations of contract research organizations and related service providers.

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Our Region

BioResearch Central is part of a larger regional network of life science assets that strengthen its offerings and advance contract research and its supporting services.

The Greater KC region is a proven global leader in drug development, diagnostics, clinical research, and animal health. We are home to 200 life science companies employing more than 20,000 people, and our public and private research spending exceeds $1.8 billion annually.

Learn more about the extensive life science assets within the Greater KC Region:


    A traditionally low cost of doing business and nationally-ranked quality of life, offers an attractive location when recruiting skilled biosciences employees.


    We rank 5th per capita in clinical trials conducted.


    Our region offers some of the country's most innovative bioscience funding opportunities including the Kansas Bioscience Authority and the Missouri Technology Corporation.


    Regional companies account for more than one third of the total sales of the $19 billion global animal health industry.


    Known as the Animal Health Corridor - the KC region holds the single largest concentration of animal health interests in the world.


    20 universities offer undergraduate, graduate and post-doctorate degrees in bioscience-related programs, preparing a skilled workforce to support bioresearch.


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