December 5, 2013


Ag Innovation Showcase Celebrates Five Years


Five Years of Success:



For more information, visit or view the Ag Showcase infographic.


Save the date for the 2014 Ag Innovation Showcase! 
September 8-10, 2014 at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center 
MOgene Green Chemicals is Awarded  
$1.5 Million from the U.S. Department of Energy


MOgene Green Chemicals LLC (MGC), a wholly owned subsidiary of MOgene, LC has been selected for a two-year, $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Project Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) to develop a technology that will convert natural gas into energy-dense transportation fuel at a more affordable cost. MGC will expand its research team based at the BioResearch and Development Growth (BRDG) Park to deliver the results and build a business in this area.

"We are excited to receive this grant to test our concept to develop a process for cheaper and cleaner fuel," said Shaukat Rangwala, senior vice president of MOgene LC. "It allows us to expand, add more jobs and further promote St. Louis' efforts to be a hub for plant and life science innovation."  
The MGC project is one of 15 energy projects selected by the ARPA-E to participate in the agency's new REMOTE program (Reducing Emissions using Methanotrophic Organisms for Transportation Energy). A total of $34 million was awarded to advance efforts to develop a low-carbon dioxide emissions technology that produces a liquid fuel from natural gas through efficient, low-cost biological conversion.


Read more here.  



Contributing a Skilled Workforce  

to the Region's Biotech Economy


Located at BRDG Park at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, the STLCC Center for Plant and Life Sciences (CPLS) and its contract research organization, BioBench, is a national model for addressing the needs for a skilled workforce by embedding education and training within a research park.


This program has played a vital role in the growth of mid-level and start-up companies while addressing unemployment in St. Louis.  


Learn more about the STLCC biotechnology program in this short video.


In the News


Akermin, Inc. 

Biofuels Digest
Akermin announced that it has received a $3 million cooperative agreement to support development of the technology for post-combustion CO2 removal from power plants. MORE.


NewLeaf Symbiotics 

St. Louis Beacon
NewLeaf picked BRDG Park in Creve Coeur, which houses a lab run by St. Louis Community College. It's right next door to the Danforth Plant Science Center, which in turn is close to Monsanto's headquarters. And it's fairly close to several private and public universities. MORE.


HighQuest Partners
Ag Professional
Agribusinesses looking to maximize their workforce and capitalize on the unique skill set brought to the table by women, need to look no further than the latest comprehensive report on women in agribusiness. MORE.


BRDG Park 

West Newsmagazine
Growth is much more multinational in nature, noting that the current roster of tenants at BRDG Park hails from places as varied as India, China, Israel, Keokuk, Iowa, and Boston. MORE.


Donald Danforth Plant Science Center