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Life Science Business Incubator at Monsanto Place

Tenant success credits university collaboration


At full capacity, the MU Life Sciences Business Incubator at Monsanto Place has recruited and graduated companies while maintaining a close relationship with University of Missouri researchers and resources. This strong collaboration allowed tissue engineering company Modern Meadow to build a custom research and production facility, a result of responsive co-funding of capital improvements under the public-private partnership between MU and the Missouri Innovation Center.

The incubator’s success has continued to lead to external funding. MU spin-off company Elemental Enzymes recently secured a $400,000 investment from Centennial Investors that allowed them to expand their lab and hire additional staff. Enterprise Investment Program awardee EternoGen also secured funding from Centennial Investors and Missouri Technology Corporation to advance its initial dermal filler product for the aesthetic surgery industry.

Companies have relocated to the incubator because of the opportunity to collaborate with leading MU researchers. Tensive Controls, originally from Research Triangle Park, secured a $1.8 million SBIR Phase II Grant from the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute. Immunophotonics, recruited from North Carolina, secured additional investment and achieved a key milestone in preparation for US clinical trials.

International recognition

Because of its state of business services for non-domestic firms and its demonstrated success at helping firms enter the U.S. market, the incubator was awarded the Soft Landings International Incubator designation by the National Business Incubation Association. 

Monojo Ltd, the leading biotech company in Amman, Jordan, chose Columbia and the business incubator as its headquarters for extending its business into the U.S. 

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Research Parks & Incubators

The University of Missouri System’s statewide network of research parks provides a thriving environment for discoveries to move from the laboratory to the marketplace. The atmosphere of innovation and collaboration attracts national and international tenants who create quality employment opportunities for Missouri citizens and millions of dollars of capital investment across the state.

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Office of Intellectual Property Administration

The Office of Intellectual Property Administration (OIPA) supports the economic development mission by encouraging broad practical application of university research for the public benefit; assisting those associated with the technology transfer program with evaluating, protecting, licensing and commercializing university discoveries; and carrying out new economic development initiatives designed to create jobs in Missouri.

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Funding Opportunities

The Office of Research and Economic Development is dedicated to commercializing university technologies - one of the biggest challenges to that mission is funding. To proactively combat the constant obstacle, the office has formulated different funding programs for faculty, students and innovations in all stages of the discovery process.

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Office of Research & Economic Development

The Office of Research and Economic Development was established in 2005 to link research and commercialization from the four University of Missouri System campuses with emerging and existing firms across the state and around the world. Working closely with the chief research officers, chancellors and technology transfer offices from each campus, the office also serves as a conduit to local, state and federal agencies to ensure research results aid the growth of Missouri’s economy.

The Office is dedicated to advancing Missouri through innovation, investment and infrastructure.

Our enthusiasm for these three categories revolves around the development of intellectual property, funding programs and research parks and incubators. Providing support during critical stages in university inventions’ path to the marketplace stimulates Missouri’s economy, jobs and entrepreneurship.

Our vision is to enable and lead Missouri’s transformation toward a knowledge-based economy dependent upon innovation and entrepreneurship.

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