Sebelius Makes Appointments to Strengthen Kansas' Innovation Economy

To help Kansas continue to attract new investments and business innovation, Governor Kathleen Sebelius has made two appointments to the Kansas Innovation Consortium.

“Bringing key industry leaders together is a critical piece of maintaining Kansas’ competitive edge in the marketplace,” Sebelius said. “By working together, we can bring new opportunities to the state and continue to move our economy forward.”

David Disberger, Newton, currently serves as the director of engineering at AGCO Corporations, where he oversees the Hesston and Beloit operations. Disberger is responsible for the design, testing and project management of agricultural tillage products. Disberger previously worked as the engineering manager for AGCO Corporations’ tractors division. He also worked for Caterpillar Inc. for 19 years. Disberger received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University.

Joseph Lacz, PhD, Overland Park, is the Vice President of Quintiles’ Phase I USA services and serves as the site head for the Quintiles Kansas City operations. Dr. Lacz has more than 30 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry working for pharmaceutical companies and contract research organizations. He has extensive experience in global drug development covering preclinical research, clinic research and business management. Dr. Lacz received his bachelor’s degree and doctorate from the University of Nebraska.

Both Disberger and Lacz have been appointed to serve on the consortium at the pleasure of the Governor.

The Kansas Innovation Consortium brings together key industry clusters within the Kansas economy. These industries, animal, plant and life sciences, health, manufacturing, agriculture, logistics, and energy, show exciting possibility for future economic growth. The consortium will work to attract new investment in research and development with these industries as well as ensure a prepared workforce.


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