The state House stripped the Kansas Bioscience Authority of control of roughly half its state funding during budget deliberations Thursday. It opted instead to send the money directly to state bioscience projects, including two in Wichita.
The 2012 budget has yet to be finalized.
“I really like what we set the bioscience authority up to do. But since then, it has changed,” said Rep. Steve Brunk, R-Bel Aire. “It’s my belief that the centers of excellence and innovation have been underfunded by the very entity we created to fund them.”
He moved to take $16 million of the authority’s state money and give it to the eight centers at state universities. Each would get $2 million, including the two in Wichita, the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) and the Center for Innovation in Biomaterials in Orthopaedic Research (CIBOR). A bioscience development and investment fund was created to facilitate the move.