KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI, U.S. — In recognition of its growth from a regional institute founded 67 years ago to an internationally recognized research and development organization with offices and projects throughout the U.S. and overseas, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.-based Midwest Research Institute has changed its name to MRIGlobal, the institute said on March 1.

"Our core areas of research — national security and defense, energy and environment, life and animal sciences, agriculture and food safety, and transportation — know no boundaries," said MRIGlobal President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Helmstetter. "These are global issues that require global solutions. Our new name, MRIGlobal, recognizes our growth and acknowledged reputation as a prime contractor of choice on projects of increasing complexity and world-wide impact."

For more than six decades, the organization has sought solutions to problems as complex as fighting cancer and bioterrorism, as practical as improving highway safety and reducing lead paint exposure, and as everyday as how to make freeze-dried coffee or the hard-shell candy coatings for M&Ms candies.

MRIGlobal co-manages the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, U.S., and is a key contractor at the National Energy Technology Laboratory — both Department of Energy Laboratories where groundbreaking solutions to energy problems are being developed, tested and deployed.

In addition, MRIGlobal's researchers in Florida, Maryland and Missouri are at the forefront of developing sustainable transportation biofuels.

Scientists at MRIGlobal are working with the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and others to protect world health through research in detecting and treating infectious disease, understanding drug toxicology, and developing innovative cancer therapeutics.

"These and many other areas of research have catapulted MRIGlobal well beyond its regional roots," Helmstetter said. "Thanks to the incredible talents of our scientists, engineers, program managers and staff, MRIGlobal is seen as a leader at innovatively finding solutions to some of the world's most significant challenges."

"Our name and logo are changing to reflect our broader mission and impact," Helmstetter added. "One thing that will not change is our client-focused approach to providing science and technology-based solutions with best-in-class program management."