Medical research makes a multimillion-dollar annual impact in Wichita, and even bigger payoffs may be coming down the line.
While no one has an overall total, those involved say research contributes millions of dollars every year that otherwise wouldn't be in the community.
Much of the research under way involves clinical trials for pharmaceutical and other nonlocal medical companies.
The payoff from those trials comes in obvious ways — money that pays for the salaries of those overseeing them, the medications for patients, the stipends for volunteers.
But the money coming into the community has a trickle-down effect, too.