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Park and Incubator Highlights

Missouri Plant Science Center
LunaRich®, a soy ingredient used in Reliv International’s health supplement powders, was the first product manufactured and commercialized at the MPSC by managing tenant, Soy Labs, LLC. After a successful first year in operation, supporters of the center are working to recruit additional companies to do further research on lunasin and other plant-based nutritional compounds. The center is also designed to promote open innovation between Soy Labs, Reliv and other like-minded companies.

Discovery Ridge
Home of two research companies, ABC Labs, a pharmaceutical research facility and IDEXX, an animal diagnostics company, Discovery Ridge employs a total of 457 people. ABC Labs created 88 new jobs for the Boone County area in 2012.     

University of Missouri System Technology Park at Fort Leonard Wood
Fort Leonard Wood
The Technology Park at Fort Leonard Wood, conveniently located on the Army post, is actively recruiting new tenants to fill its current vacancies. The park has renewed several contracts in 2012 and added a new tenant, Hidden Water, Inc.

Missouri S&T Innovation Park
Innovation Park, on the campus of Missouri University of Science and Technology, has gained four new tenants this year, including The Ravens Group, Garmin International, Inc., IST Rolla, Inc., and the Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development.  

UMSL Research Park
St. Louis
UMSL Research Park, located off Interstate 70 on the university’s north campus, is home to the no. 1 pharmacy firm in the nation, Express Scripts, Inc. ESI is the largest Fortune 500 company with corporate headquarters on a university campus. 

Center for Emerging Technologies
St. Louis
The Center for Emerging Technologies (CET) opened in 1998. In its 14-year history, 47 companies that have collectively attracted more than $765 million in funding have been tenants at CET. The center currently has 25 tenants and is now a subsidiary of CORTEX, a unit in which UMSL has equity investment.

Innovative Technology Enterprises at UMSL 
St. Louis
Innovative Technology Enterprises (ITE) at UMSL welcomed two new tenants in 2012: Retectix and Onshore Outsourcing. With these additions, there are eight companies in the incubator.

St. Louis
CORTEX plans to begin Phase II of its master plan, which will reside on a 200-acre industrial area between two renovated buildings and will add 1,400 employees to the midtown St. Louis area. 

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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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Columbia MO, 65211
Phone: 573-882-6726
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