Missouri's commitment to scientific advancement and large, turn-key labor pool have helped make it the top destination for biosciences facility development. In addition to being home to some of the most prestigious hospitals, medical schools, and bioscience companies in the country, Missouri boasts a low-cost business climate and facilities devoted to biosciences research and commercialization across the state. Missouri also ranks as a top producer of soybeans, cotton and beef, and has one of the best transportation networks in the country.

A Skilled Workforce Makes it Easy to Grow Your Business

  • Missouri is home to one of the top veterinary schools in the U.S. at the University of Missouri—Columbia. The University of Missouri is one of only a few universities in the United States with schools of medicine, agriculture, and veterinary medicine on one campus.
  • 40 Missouri colleges and universities offer bachelor's or higher degrees in Biological or Biomedical Sciences.
  • 19 Missouri colleges offer degrees in Agriculture.
  • The Washington University School of Medicine was ranked 6th in the nation in 2012 by US News and World Report. The school also ranked 4th for NIH funding.
  • Washington University scientists at the Genome Sequencing Center were the first in the world to decode the complete DNA sequence of a Cancer patient (Missouri Biotechnology Association).
  • The Kansas City Metropolitan Community College recently received $2.2 million to develop programs to prepare the region's workforce for in-demand careers, including new and expanded animal health curricula including new degrees and certificates in pet care and animal research.
  • Twenty-eight high schools in Missouri currently have Project Lead The Way Biomedical Science Programs. The programs augment existing high school science and math college-preparatory programs to establish a solid background in biomedical science.
  • 86.2% of Missouri's population over 25 (over 3 million people) has attained a high school diploma or higher, exceeding the national average of 85%.
  • 1.4 million Missourians hold a bachelor's degree or higher (U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey).
  • Over 50,000 Missourians are employed in 3,433 bioscience-related firms (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011).

Missouri's Location Insures Efficient Access to Customers and Markets

  • Missouri is:
    • 2nd in the U.S. for farms, with 108,000.
    • 2nd in the U.S. for cattle operations, with 59,000.
    • 5th in the U.S. for acres of soybeans planted and harvested with 230,550,000 bushels.
    • 6th in the U.S. for cotton planted and harvested.
    • 12th in the U.S. based on the value of agricultural product (NASS).

Major Biosciences Companies have Already Found Success Here

  • The Biosciences Industry in Missouri is comprised of over 3,433 Bioscience-related companies employing 50,000 Missourians.
  • Nearly one-third (32%) of the $19 billion global animal health industry is represented in Kansas City (Brakke Consulting).
  • Missouri ranked 1st for Life Science Facility development in 2008 according to Site Selection Magazine.

Missouri Bioscience companies include:

ABC Laboratories: (Columbia) Analytical Bio-Chemistry (ABC) Laboratories has over 40 years of experience providing contract services to the pharmaceutical and chemical industries.

Bayer HealthCare: (St. Joseph) Bayer Healthcare in St. Joseph is engaged in the research, development and manufacture of veterinary pharmaceutical products for North America and the worldwide animal health community.

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bioMérieux Inc.: (St. Louis) A world leader in the field of in vitro diagnostics for over 45 years, bioMérieux is present in more than 150 countries through 39 subsidiaries and a large network of distributors.

Cardinal Scale: (HQ Joplin) Cardinal Scale Manufacturing Company produces an extensive range of scales for all kinds of industries. These include medical, food service, truck, livestock and more.

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica: (HQ St. Joseph) Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica develops and markets a broad range of products and technologies worldwide for horses, cattle, swine and companion animals.

Bunge North America: (HQ St. Louis) Bunge is a leading exporter and domestic supplier of soybean, corn, wheat, sorghum, canola and rice in the United States. The company's business has expanded into oilseed processing, edible oils and shortenings, and dry corn milling, with a product line that includes animal feed, breakfast cereals, snack foods, and breads.

Covidien: (St. Louis) Covidien is a leading manufacturer of medical devices and supplies, diagnostic imaging agents and pharmaceuticals. Covidien is spinning off its Hazelwood-based pharmaceutical unit into a new public company.

Mars Petcare U.S.: (Kansas City and Joplin) Mars Petcare U.S. is one of the fastest growing pet food manufacturers in the United States. It manufactures products for dogs and cats marketed under the Pedigree, Whiskas, and Sheba brands. In 2009, Mars Petcare relocated its R&D operation to a production facility in Kansas City.

Monsanto: (HQ St. Louis) Monsanto helps farmers grow more crops by applying biotechnology and genomics to seeds and herbicides. It produces seeds that tolerate Roundup (its flagship product) and resist bugs. Monsanto estimates that more than 70% of the world's herbicide-resistant crops bear its stamp. Roundup is the world's #1 herbicide.

Nestle-Purina PetCare Company: (HQ St. Louis) Nestlé Purina PetCare is the pet food division of Swiss-based Nestlé, following a merger in 2001, between the Nestlé's Friskies PetCare Company and the American Ralston Purina Company. Nestle Purina Petcare Company's brands include Alpo, Beneful, Fancy Feast, and Beggin' Strips.

Pioneer Hi-Bred: (New Madrid) Pioneer recently opened a $60 million soybean production plant to serve soybean growers in the southern United States. The plant, which employs more than 65 people, joins the company's research facility in Miami, Mo., which sells corn, soybeans, sorgum and wheat seed throughout the state.

Sanofi: (St. Louis) Sanofi, a Fortune 1000 company, is one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies. The company specializes in seven major therapeutic areas: cardiovascular, thrombosis, oncology, metabolic diseases, central nervous system, internal medicine, and vaccines.

SCD Probiotics: (Kansas City) SCD produces probiotics for animal health and recently announced a $9.1 million expansion project with the potential to create 62 jobs. SCD's probiotics are also used in nutritional supplements, cleaning supplies, lawn and garden products, and pet products.

Sigma-Aldrich: (St. Louis) Sigma-Aldrich produces chemical and biochemical products for scientific research. The Company's targeted knockout rats, with permanent, heritable gene mutations, were named one of the Top Ten Innovations for 2009 by The Scientist Magazine.

Sinclair Research Center: (HQ Columbia) Sinclair is a biomedical research facility offering the full range of preclinical (nonclinical) research services to the animal and human health industries.

Solae.: (HQ St. Louis) Solae was formed as a joint venture between DuPont and Bunge in 2003 to develop, produce, and market soy-based food ingredients. With more than 3,500 customers in 80 countries across the globe, the company manufactures soy protein for beverages and meatless foods as well as soy-based polymers for use in the paper industry.

Stereotaxis: (HQ St. Louis) Stereotaxis, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets cardiology instrument control system for use in hospitals to treat arrhythmias and coronary artery disease.

SyMyCo: (St. Louis) SyMyco recently announced its new location at the BRDG Park at the Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, creating 80 new jobs. SyMyCo is a subsidiary of Symbiotic Sciences Ltd., based in India.

Teva: (Mexico) TEVA Pharmaceuticals in Mexico manufactures and markets generic pharmaceutical products.


Transform Missouri Innovation into Profitability

Missouri is home to the following Bioscience Research Centers:

BioMed 21: (St. Louis) Biomed 21 is research facility being jointly developed by Washington University and BJC HealthCare. The facility will house 5 Interdiciplinary Research Centers: The Center for Cancer Genomics, the Center for the Investigation of Membrane Excitability Disorders (CIMED), the center for Women's Infectious Disease Research (cWIDR), the Hope Center Program on Protein Folding and Neurodegeneration, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Diabetic Cardiovascular Disease.

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center: (St. Louis) The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center conducts research targeted at increasing crop yields, their nutritional value and resistance to drought and disease, reducing the need for pesticides and fertilizers and developing sustainable sources of energy.

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IDEXX Research Animal Diagnostic Laboratory (RADIL): (Columbia) Located on the campus of the University of Missouri, the laboratory is one of the two largest research animal diagnostic laboratories in the U.S. and the largest at an academic institution.

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences' Dybedal Center for Biosciences Research: The Center houses an adult academic clinical research center which enhances Kansas City's leadership in biomedical research.

MRIGlobal: (Kansas City) Formerly known as the Midwest Research Institute, MRIGlobal has earned international recognition for its health research services supporting the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, veterinary medicine, agrochemical, and related industries worldwide. MRI develops and evaluates seed coating and pelletizing processes incorporating desired chemical or biological treatments.

Missouri Botanical Garden: (St. Louis) With nearly 50 Ph.D. botanists, the Garden conducts the most productive and geographically widespread botanical research program in the world. The Garden's Herbarium is one of the world's outstanding research resources for specimens and information on bryophytes and vascular plants, containing over 6 million specimens.

Missouri State University Center for Biomedical and Life Sciences (CBLS): (Springfield) CBLS is committed to the development and support of advanced biotechnology industries in Missouri. Target areas of interest include: medical instruments and materials, bio-processing techniques and equipment, agribusiness research and development, and chem/bio sensors and systems.

National Center for Soybean Biotechnology: (Columbia) The U.S. Congress selected the University of Missouri to host the National Center for Soybean Biotechnology (NCSB) based on their interdisciplinary research on soybean genetics, genomic, and related sciences. The ultimate goal of the NCSB is to provide innovative molecular approaches that can be applied toward soybean improvement.

Siteman Cancer Center: (St. Louis) The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine is an international leader in cancer treatment, research, prevention, education and community outreach.

St. Louis Institute of Nanomedicine: Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis University, the University of Missouri—St. Louis, and St. Louis Community College recently formed the St. Louis Institute of Nanomedicine Working Group. The Working Group received a grant from the Missouri Life Sciences Research Fund to pay for four pilot projects a year for research on applying advances in nanotechnology to the treatment of human diseases.

St. Louis University's Center for Vaccine Development: The Center is designed to conduct basic and clinical research on new vaccines and biologics. It houses SLU scientists working in five key research areas: cancer, liver disease, heart/lung disease, aging and brain disease, and biodefense/vaccine development.

Stowers Institute for Medical Research: (Kansas City) The Stowers Institute conducts basic research on genes and proteins that control fundamental processes in living cells to unlock the mysteries of disease and find the keys to their causes, treatment, and prevention.

The University of Missouri Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center: (Columbia) This state-of-the-art center promotes interdisciplinary research aimed at increasing food production and quality, improving human and animal health, and enhancing environmental quality.

The University of Missouri Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center: (Columbia) Researchers at the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center investigate areas of study such as microcirculation, neural control of circulation, membrane transport and exercise biology focus scientists' expertise on common problems. Investigators make use of the Center's cell culture laboratory and state of the art imaging core facilities.

The University of Missouri Delta Research Center: (Portageville) Much of the research conducted at the 1,024 acre Delta Research Center is focused on crop production and management, specifically cotton and rice production. Scientists at the Delta Center also conduct research on soybean cropping systems, weed, insect and disease control in all crops and variety evaluations, and have gained recognition for developing improved soybean varieties, especially those with soybean cyst nematode resistance.

The University of Missouri International Institute of Nano and Molecular Medicine: (Columbia) The Institute of Nano and Molecular Medicine is dedicated to the discovery and application of fundamental and translational medical science based upon previously unexplored chemistry combined with nanotechnology and the biosciences.

The University of Missouri Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Institute (RSI): (Columbia) Research efforts by RSI investigators are primarily directed toward the design, formulation and study of novel radiolabeled biomolecular in vivo targeting agents for development as potential diagnostic and therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals. A major focus has been the development of cancer-specific radiopharmaceuticals.

The University of Missouri National Swine Resources and Research Center: (Columbia) The National Swine Resources and Research Center is the only center in the United States dedicated to the research of swine genetics and reproduction as a comparative model. The center cloned the first pig in 1989 and was the first to sequence the DNA of a pig in 2006. In 2007, the center was the first to reproduce a pig using in vitro fertilization.

The University of Missouri Plant Transformation Core Facility: (Columbia) The goal of the Plant Transformation Core facility at the University of Missouri is to enhance both basic and applied research in plant biology for the public. Current research includes improvement of maize and soybean transformation, efficiency of RNAi in soybeans, and mapping mutant soybean lines.

The University of Missouri Research Reactor: (Columbia) MURR is the largest university-operated research reactor in the country, specializing in developing innovative techniques for the diagnosis and cure of cancer and other diseases.

The University of Missouri—Kansas City Center of Excellence in Mineralized Tissue: The Center specifically conducts research to prevent and treat diseases of mineralized tissue which includes teeth, cartilage, bone and muscle tissue. Research at the Center is applied to biomaterials, medical devices, diagnostics, imaging and veterinary medicine.

The University of Missouri—St. Louis Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center: The Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center, initiated by UMSL in cooperation with the Missouri Botanical Garden almost 20 years ago, has grown into one of the world's preeminent centers for education and research in tropical biology.

Washington University Genome Sequencing Center: (St. Louis) The center was chosen as one of the first three sites to begin full-scale human sequencing as part of the Human Genome project. Scientists there were the first in the world to decode the complete DNA sequence of a cancer patient.

Washington University Molecular Imaging Center: (St. Louis) Scientists from many different specialties collaborate on advanced imaging projects at the Molecular Imaging Center. Initiatives at the center include an effort to help researchers track the spread of gene therapy for cancer and projects to closely monitor the contributions of key genes to the start of tumors. While the center's core focus is cancer, it supports collaborative imaging efforts in a wide variety of fields including immunology, neuroscience and cardiovascular disease.


Top ranked hospitals in Missouri include:

  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis is a teaching hospital and a 1,196 bed general medical and surgical facility with several specialties, 16 of which have been nationally ranked, including 8th in Orthopedics and 8th in Pulmonology.
  • Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City is a 260-bed children's general facility and teaching hospital with ten ranked pediatric specialties, including 6th in Nephrology.
  • Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis is a 448-bed general medical and surgical hospital. The hospital is one of America's Best Hospitals for 8 specialties.
  • St. Louis Children's Hospital is a 250-bed children's general facility that serves as a teaching hospital and has ten ranked pediatric specialties, including 7th in Neurology and Neurosurgery and 9th in Pulmonology.
  • St. Louis University Hospital is a 332-bed general medical and surgical facility and one of America's Best Hospitals for Nephrology and Pulmonology.
  • St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City has 404 beds. The hospital ranks as one of America's Best Hospitals for Ear, Nose & Throat, Gynecology, and Nephrology.
  • University of Missouri Health Care in Columbia is a 383-bed general medical and surgical facility that ranks 47th nationally in Ear, Nose & Throat.

Source: U.S. News & World Report

Missouri's Bioscience Resources Simplify the Commercialization Process

  • Missouri is a hub for leading agricultural associations including the National Corn Growers Association, the American Soybean Association, the U.S. Soybean Export Council, the National Biodiesel Board, and the American Angus Association. These associations provide their members with networking opportunities, information sharing and marketing.
  • Missouri is home to the nation's largest dairy cooperative, Dairy Farmers of America, based in Kansas City.
  • The Kansas City region is fifth per capita in clinical trials conducted (Missouri Biotechnology Association).

Missouri is also home to the following incubators and research parks:

The Center for Emerging Technologies: (St. Louis) The CET develops start-up companies in biotechnology, biomedical engineering, advanced materials, and electronics. Stereotaxis, the developer of an advanced cardiology control system for use in surgery, became the first of its companies to complete a public offering.

The Center of Research, Technology, and Entrepreneurial Exchange (CORTEX): (St. Louis) Cortex is intended to house companies graduating from the incubator and companies attracted to the region because of the proximity to the research institutions.

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Christopher S. "Kit" Bond Science and Technology Incubator: (St. Joseph) In conjunction with Missouri Western University, this 25,000 square feet incubator is also home to the Institute for Industrial and Applied Life Sciences which will enhance training and wetlab space available within the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor.

Bio-Research and Development Growth Park: (St. Louis) The Bio-Research and Development Growth (BRDG) Park adjacent to the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center houses St. Louis Community College's Center for Plant Life and Sciences. Other tenants at BRDG Park include Phycal, Monsanto, Nidus Partners, and Novus International.

Discovery Ridge: (Columbia) Discovery Ridge leverages the University of Missouri's resources in life sciences, in the areas of agriculture, health, veterinary medicine, bioengineering, nutrition, biology and environmental services.

Helix Center: (St. Louis) The Helix Center is a new small business incubator that supports the growth of startup companies in the plant and life science industry by providing affordable office and 33,000 square feet of wet and dry laboratory space, access to expertise and a strong family of facilities with nearby Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and Bio-Research and Development Growth (BRDG) Park.

Independence Regional Ennovation Center: Provides a turnkey facility for wet and dry lab needs along with general office space in an environment that fosters collaboration and sharing.

Innovative Technology Enterprises: (St. Louis) ITE at UMSL is designed to be a major force in translating innovative ideas into thriving businesses in a variety of fields including information technology and life sciences. To succeed in this mission, this venture offers state-of-the-art infrastructure, in-house mentoring, business development services and access to the expertise of University faculty and students. In concert with the University of Missouri's fourth mission, ITE fosters innovation to support knowledge-based economic development.

Missouri Plant Science Center: (Mexico) A biotechnology hub fostering collaboration between scientists and entrepreneurs for the purpose of moving research into functional, real-world business applications and consumable products. MPSC's facilities include state-of-the-art analytical and research instrumentation, shared pilot processing equipment, and a small-scale milling plant.

MRIGlobal's Research Farm: (Butler) The new facility serves as an extension of MRI's field station in Grandview, Missouri and supports expansion in the research of new technologies in crops, farming practices, agriculture products and the growing interest in improved nutrition and natural products.

Missouri Research Park: (St. Louis) This 200-acre research and development park is a catalyst for development along the I-64 corridor in St. Charles county. The park is owned and managed by the University of Missouri and is home to 15 tenants, including AFB International and the Novus International Research Center.

Missouri Technology Corporation: (Jefferson City) The Missouri Technology Corporation is a private, non-profit entity established to enhance and expand the potential for technologically-based employment to drive Missouri's job growth in the coming decades. MTC oversees the operations of ten Innovation Centers in the state, works closely with the University of MIssouri and the Missouri Federal and State Technology Program, and provides grants and direct seed capital to businesses and organizations that conduct significant research and development or demonstrate the promise of growth or job creation.

The University of Missouri Technology Park: (Fort Leonard Wood) The Tech Park, located on an active Army post, collaborates with the University of Missouri on technology transfer and is focused on biochemical, homeland security and GIS projects.

The University of Missouri—Columbia Life Sciences Business Incubator at Monsanto Place: The incubator is able to accommodate a range of tenants specializing in the fields of biomedical technologies, information technology, renewable resources/green technology and nanotechnology as well as more traditional consumer based businesses.


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