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Founded in 2002, Cortex is the Midwest’s premier innovation hub of bioscience and technology research, development, and commercialization, serving as the anchor of St. Louis’ growing ecosystem for innovative startup programs and established companies.


Cortex provides state-of-the-art biomedical science and overall technology research facilities to hatch some of the nation’s most promising technological advances. Cortex offers customizable lab and office space for rent, proximity to world-class research institutions, availability of a highly-trained workforce, and access to venture capital.

Innovation Centers


CET St. Louis

The Center for Emerging Technologies (CET) is helping establish and develop next-generation biomedical science and other advanced technology companies.

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BioGenerator identifies promising technologies and services and works with the researcher or entrepreneur to build a successful and sustainable company.

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CIC St. Louis

In addition to serving startup technology and life sciences companies, Cambridge Innovation Center also welcomes companies that support innovation in fields such as public relations, law, and education.

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CIC St. Louis

Venture Cafe St. Louis

Innovation is fueled by conversation, collaboration, and storytelling. Venture Café St. Louis enhances and accelerates the innovation process through spaces, programs, and conversations for individuals and organizations to gather and build relationships.

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Venture Cafe St. Louis

 Photo credit: Cortex staff / Jenn Korman CIC Photography