2016 Itinerary for Wednesday Tour

2016 Wednesday Tour (Subject
to change)
Time Action/Event
Travel: Union Station to
Tour Cortex, CIC, and
Travel: to Danforth
3:05 Tour Danforth Center
4:35 Travel: to Union Station
5:00 Arrive at Union Station

Wednesday Afternoon Tour Details

The Wednesday tour will be a half-day tour on Wednesday, August 3, 2016. The tour will leave the hotel at 1:00pm and return at 5:00pm. This tour will have two stops: Cortex Innovation Community and the Danforth Plant Science Center. 

Stop 1: Cortex

We will get to walk around the campus and learn about Cortex and the companies that gather here to develop their ideas into realities.
The Cortex Innovation Community is home to a vibrant 200-acre innovation hub and technology district integrated into St. Louis’ historic Central West End and Forest Park Southeast residential neighborhoods, surrounded by nationally ranked universities and medical centers and abundant cultural and recreational assets.
Founded in 2002, Cortex is the Midwest’s premier innovation hub of bioscience and technology research, development and commercialization, serving as the anchor of St. Louis’ growing ecosystem for innovative startup programs and established companies.

Components of Cortex

Cortex provides state-of-the-art biomedical science and overall technology research facilities to hatch some of the nation’s most promising technological advances. Cortex offers customizable lab and office space for rent, proximity to world-class research institutions, availability of a highly-trained workforce, and access to venture capital.



Cambridge Innovation Center - CIC St. Louis
In addition to serving startup technology and life sciences companies, CIC also welcomes companies that support innovation in fields such as public relations, law, and the academic community.

The Venture Cafe - St. Louis
Innovation is fueled by conversation, collaboration, and storytelling. The Venture Café Foundation enhances and accelerates the innovation process through spaces, programs, and conversations for individuals and organizations to gather and build relationships.

TechShop is a playground for creativity. Part fabrication and prototyping studio, part hackerspace and part learning center, TechShop provides access to over $1 million worth of professional equipment and software. We offer comprehensive instruction and expert staff to ensure you have a safe, meaningful and rewarding experience. Most importantly, at TechShop you can explore the world of making in a collaborative and creative environment.

Stop 2: Danforth Plant Science Center

Bio Research and Development and Growth Park (BRDG Park)

Opened in 2009 and offers world class wet labs, office space for lease, and on-site workforce training perfect for bio science startups. Located in the heart of the St. Louis region’s robust life science industry, companies can thrive within a growing and dynamic support system. BRDG Park results in a well-trained and educated workforce, high paying jobs, and a strong economy. BRDG Park attracts companies from all over the world, not just due to the particular amenities that are offered to its companies but because of the intellectual feeders next door at the Danforth Plant Science Center, Monsanto, Washington University to name a few. The St. Louis region has one of the most concentrated collections of plant scientists across the world.

Core Facilities

Integrated Microscopy Facility
Scientist study plants at a magnified level by creating images of plant cells.
Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry Facility
Scientist conduct a wide range of detailed studies of bio-molecules including proteins, DNA, carbohydrates, lipids, hormones, etc. Studies often aim to identify molecules.
Phenotyping Facility
Conveyor that holds 1140 pots. This area will capture data in less time and with greater accuracy than the Center has ever been able to do before. The benefit of this action is to allow researchers to study leaf formation of four plants used for biofuel research.
Plant Tissue Culture and Transformation Facility
Where the plant transformation process occurs. The equipment found in this facility allows scientists to create transgenic plant lines.
Plant Growth Facility
Growth Chambers, Planting Room, and Greenhouses (Camelina & Cassava)