BRDG Park is ideally positioned for emerging plant and life sciences companies. In addition to its partnership with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, the world’s largest independent plant science research institute, it facilitates access to investment networks for emerging scientific companies.
Across the street from Monsanto, a leading global provider of agricultural products and research, BRDG Park has close relationships with top scientific research centers, such as Washington University, St. Louis University and the Missouri Botanical Garden – which operates one of the largest herbaria in the world with 6 million specimens – as well as with leading scientific companies, such as Pfizer, Covidien, Sigma Aldrich and Bunge North America.
Important relationships also include the Saint Louis Community College, which has an on-site program for technical workforce development and training, as well as with the St. Louis-based national headquarters of the American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers.
St. Louis venture capital environment for biotech is strong. The region has worked hard to spark the growth of new companies, especially in biotech. There currently are 16 venture capital funds with nearly $1.7 billion under management.