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St. Louis is a growing science and technology hub, with everything you need to grow.

St. Louis has a deep history in the biosciences space and is home to many pioneering organizations responsible for some the world’s most innovative discoveries including Monsanto, the Danforth Plant Science Center, Bunge North America, Gallus Biopharmaceuticals and more.

Today, 1,183 plant and life science companies call St. Louis home. That’s 79,000 jobs and $10.5 billion in annual economic impact.

St. Louis ranks second in the US for jobs in the biotech, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and advanced materials industries. And every year, more than 2,800 students graduate from the area’s respected universities with a degree in plant or life sciences.

Additionally, the area offers a high quality of life, a competitive cost-of-living, high class education institutions, cultural opportunities and a location in the center of the US with easy access to the entire country.

District Assets

Founded in 2002, Cortex is the Midwest’s premiere hub of bioscience and technology research, development and commercialization, serving as the anchor of St. Louis’ growing ecosystem for innovative startups and established companies. Providing state-of-the-art facilities to hatch some of the nation’s most promising technological advances, Cortex offers customizable lab and office space, proximity to world-class research institutions, availability of a highly-trained workforce, and access to venture capital.

Research

Steeped in research, Cortex’s founding partners include Washington University in St. Louis, BJC HealthCare, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Saint Louis University, and the Missouri Botanical Garden — academic and research institutions that over a decade ago sought to leverage their resources and research to grow the region’s research and technology industry.

Midtown Location

Cortex is conveniently located next to I-64 and easily accessible via private or public transportation. The area is home to some of St. Louis’ most exciting attractions and neighborhoods. In addition to being neighbors with other leading science and technology companies, you are within easy reach of Forest Park, which is larger than New York’s Central Park, the St. Louis Science Center, the St. Louis Zoo, The Muny and many other cultural and entertainment centers. Midtown is also home to charming sidewalk cafes, galleries, antique shops, boutiques and pubs. The area has been described as a little European, a little New York, and totally St. Louis.

Workforce

St. Louis ranks second in the US for jobs in the biotech, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and advanced materials industries. And every year, more than 2,800 students graduate from the area’s respected universities with a degree in plant or life sciences.

Many of these graduates will undoubtedly be drawn to startup companies.

State-of-the-Art Space

With $155 million already invested in developing the district, and another $189 million currently being invested, Cortex is able to provide the state-of-the-art space you need. When fully developed, Cortex will offer over 1 million square feet of facilities, customizable to your needs.