Robert Casillas Joins Animal Health Corridor Advisory Board

MRIGlobal Vice President Supports Regional Organization in Kansas City Animal Health Initiative

Robert P. Casillas, Ph.D.(Kansas City, MO) March 4, 2014 – Robert P. Casillas, Ph.D., Vice President of Global Health Security, has joined the Animal Health Corridor’s Advisory Board, effective immediately.

Casillas joins 12 other executives on the Advisory Board, which serves to cultivate of a climate of opportunity for companies competing in and supporting the animal health and nutrition industry.

The Animal Health Corridor is defined as the area from Manhattan, Kansas, to Columbia, Missouri. The corridor accounts for 32 percent of the global industry sales in animal health; it contains more than 220 animal health-related businesses and employs more than 20,000 people.

The Advisory Board is chartered to stimulate research investments, attract and retain new companies, and develop the regional job market. The advisors support the leadership of the collaborative initiative -- the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the Kansas City Area Development Council, and the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute.

Casillas was recently appointed a Fellow in the Academy of Toxicological Sciences, a highly selective designation of recognition. Casillas also is a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, Medical Service Corps, and last year was named the Outstanding Alumni of the Year by the Georgia State University College of Arts and Sciences.

Casillas serves on the Committee on Diversity Initiatives for the Society of Toxicology and is a long-time member of the Hispanic Organization of Toxicology. In 2011, Casillas was identified among the “Most Influential Hispanics in Technology” by Hispanic Engineer and Information Technology magazine.

He joined MRIGlobal in May 2011. Previously, he worked at Battelle Memorial Institute since 1999 where he served as Vice President, CBRNE Business Integration; and Vice President Biomedical Science and Technology Product Line. Prior to Battelle, he held a number of positions in the Department of Defense in the area of medical defense.

Casillas serves on several boards and committees, including the University of Missouri Research and Development Advisory Board, Board of Directors for the Missouri Biotechnology Association, and the Department of State’s Chemical Weapons Detection Focus Group of the Nonproliferation and Arms Control Technology Working Group.

He also is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University, New Jersey, and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Ohio.

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