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Learning from the Legacy of Marion Labs

Amanda Stevenson-Grund - Friday, June 15, 2018

Kauffman held steadfast to two principles to guide the philosophy and culture of Marion Labs: (1) Share the rewards with those who produce and (2) Treat others as you wish to be treated.” – Megan Cooper and The Kauffman Foundation, BlochNews. 2016

A statue of the Kauffmans represents the culture of Marion Labs

When one thinks of lab cultures, one may think of petri dishes. However, the working atmosphere of a lab can be even more important. In addition to learning from the history of Marion Labs, we can also learn from the culture it and Ewing Kauffman left behind, specifically the Marion Spirit and the two parts of the Marion Way.

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Orbis Biosciences receives 2018 Kansas City Chamber of Commerce “International Small Business of the Year” Award

Amanda Stevenson-Grund - Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Orbis Biosciences is honored to have received the 2018 Kansas City Chamber of Commerce “International Small Business of the Year” Award at the recent Mr. K luncheon.


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Marion Labs, the Father of K.C. Pharma

Amanda Stevenson-Grund - Friday, June 01, 2018

Kauffman founded Marion Laboratories in his basement in 1950 with just $5,000 and built into a powerhouse earning $930 million in annual revenues by the late 1980s.” – Mariotti. HuffPost. 2013

 Bottles represent Marion Labs

“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” In the case of Kansas City, the local pharma industry strives to emulate history and hopes to repeat it. One of the main reasons for this optimistic view of the past (and future) is Kansas City’s rich history in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry. One member of the Kansas City Tech Galaxy and leader in the pharmaceutical space whose history can serve as an inspiration is Marion Labs.

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Tech in the City

Amanda Stevenson-Grund - Monday, May 21, 2018

Prof. Heike Mayer examined the emergence of so-called "second-tier" high-technology regions in the United States. These emerging high-technology regions are challenging traditional technology corridors such as Silicon Valley and Boston's Route 128.Heike Mayer. Spinoff Regions. Accessed March 11, 2018.

The plaza in Kansas City

“Everything’s up to date in Kanas City. They’ve gone about as far as they can go,” go the lyrics to Roger and Hammerstein’s song, “Kansas City.” The sentiment still holds true, especially as it pertains to Kansas City’s place in the tech world. Although not as populated as Silicon Valley, Kansas City is a budding tech hub that has seen great growth of its biotechnology, pharmaceutical and manufacturing industry.

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Orbis Biosciences Announces Licensing Agreement with Reckitt Benckiser

Amanda Stevenson-Grund - Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Orbis Biosciences logo

Orbis Biosciences, Inc. announced today that it has entered into an exclusive global license agreement leveraging its Precision Particle Fabrication® technology. Reckitt Benckiser (RB), world-leading Consumer Healthcare company, and Orbis have entered into an exclusive cooperation agreement to develop and commercialize novel technologies in the field of consumer healthcare. The technology will enable new products for a leading segment of RB's product portfolio. Detailed financial terms were not disclosed.

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Orbis Biosciences awarded CPhI Excellence in Formulation Award

Amanda Stevenson-Grund - Monday, October 30, 2017

Orbis Biosciences receives a CPhI Pharma Excellence in Pharma Award

CPhI Worldwide, the world’s leading pharmaceutical and manufacturing conference, hosted more than 42,000 visitors October 24 -26 in Frankfurt, Germany. The event, which included more than 2,500 exhibitors from 153 countries, represents every sector of the pharmaceutical market. The culmination of this conference is the CPhI Excellence in Pharma Awards Gala where key industry innovations are recognized from across the globe for their innovative technologies.

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The Latest Buzz: TEDMED 2014 Welcomes Orbis Biosciences into the Hive

Amanda Stevenson-Grund - Friday, July 25, 2014

“The Hive is dedicated to introducing and exploring a diverse group of startups and the inspiring entrepreneurs that power them.” StartUp Health

Orbis Biosciences is usually a hive of activity, but this week we have especially exciting activity to report. Orbis Biosciences has been invited to participate in TEDMED 2014 as part of the Hive.

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The "Oh My Goodness" Moment

Amanda Stevenson-Grund - Friday, July 18, 2014

“Of course I am still learning, but that’s the point. I am finally at a place where I feel needed and valued.”
Orbis Associate, July 18, 2014


For this week’s post, we wanted to give a flavor of what it is like to work at OrbisTM.  We are sharing notes from one of our associates.

In college, I fantasized about my professional life in the real world. I would have this awesome job where I would be surrounded by talented colleagues working together on groundbreaking research and actually make a difference in the world. Through hard work and dedication, I would slowly work my way up the totem pole and turn my job into a career that I loved.

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So you think you know K.C.?

Nate Dormer - Monday, June 11, 2012

If you asked people around the country what comes to mind when they think of Kansas City, you might expect to hear about the city’s world-class barbeque and elegant fountains (2nd most per capita in the world, behind only Rome).  According to a new study in the trade journal Contract Pharma, you can now add pharmaceutical contract research organizations (CROs) to the list. More >

Welcome to our new website

Nate Dormer - Sunday, January 15, 2012

Hello and welcome to the new Orbis Biosciences website! We've improved the look and content of the site to make it easier for you to understand how Orbis' Precision Particle Fabrication technology can help you develop your next-generation controlled-release products.  More >