The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a Founding-Sponsor of GAIN. Along with its vision and leadership, the center contributes valuable services and insight as GAIN develops and matures. The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is the largest institution of its kind in the world with more than 200 scientists. The Danforth Center was founded in 1998 through gifts from the St. Louis-based Danforth Foundation, the Monsanto Fund (a philanthropic foundation), and a tax credit from the State of Missouri. The Danforth Center is home to a unique and innovative alliance of collaborative research with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Missouri Botanical Garden, the University of Missouri-Columbia, Monsanto Company, Purdue University, and Washington University in St. Louis.
The Bio-Research & Development Growth (BRDG) Park at the Danforth Plant Science Center helps life sciences and clean-tech companies bridge research, resources and relationships to achieve commercial success.
World-class wet labs, office space and on-site workforce training at BRDG Park (pronounced BRIDGE PARK) are just the beginning. BRDG Park takes maximum advantage of its location on the campus of the Danforth Center and the region's robust scientific capital.
BRDG Park offers emerging scientific enterprises just the right combination – interactions between top scientists and access to state-of-the-art core facilities such as technologically advanced greenhouses, growth chambers, microscopy, proteomics, and tissue transformation facilities, as well as other vital resources.
Located in suburban St. Louis County, Missouri, the multi-building BRDG Park campus is being developed by Wexford Science+Technology, a privately held real estate development and investment company that has developed six major research parks nationwide.
Missouri Technology Corporation
The Missouri Technology Corporation is a public-private partnership created by the Missouri General Assembly to promote entrepreneurship and foster the growth of new and emerging high-tech companies. MTC focuses on 21st Century bioscience industries that build on Missouri's rich history in agriculture.
MTC's vision is to transform Missouri through the power of entreprenuership by serving as a catalyst for technology-driven innovation to reach sustainable economic growth. MTC provides leadership and makes strategic investments to help entrepreneurs make and grow technology-based businesses in Missouri.
Its areas of focus include animal health, applied engineering, biomedical science and plant science.
St. Louis County Economic Council
St. Louis County Economic Council was founded in 1984 to maintain and enhance an environment of business growth, industry diversification, job creation, and economically viable communities. The Economic Council's impact can be seen throughout the St. Louis region as it strives to better the community's quality of life with job creation and business expansion. Its divisions enrich the economic vitality of the County through:
- Business finance
- Customized site selection
- Incentive programs
- Entrepreneurial support
- Community collaboration
- International trade assistance
- Community reinvestment and
- environmental remediation