Science & Technology Hub

St. Louis: The Nation’s Newest Home for Technology and Innovation Events

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A new generation of entrepreneurs, scientists and investors have emerged making the Gateway to the West one of the nation’s burgeoning technology and innovation hubs as the region booms with technology jobs, innovation centers and over 1,000 start-ups (a third of those in biotechnology alone). Experts from these organizations stand ready to open their doors or speak with your meeting attendees to offer their expertise and insight to help make your next event truly memorable and productive.

St. Louis not only has the rooms, restaurants, excellent air access, a reliable transportation system and amenities to entertain meeting attendees, it has the resources and infrastructure vital to a successful grand event including the contiguous 502,000-square feet of exhibit space offered at the America’s Center convention complex.

Here’s just a few of the organizations you’ll find in St. Louis:

1. The Center of Research, Technology & Entrepreneurial Exchange (CORTEX)

The Center of Research, Technology & Entrepreneurial Exchange (or CORTEX) is a 240-acre urban bioscience district founded in 2002 by Washington University, Saint Louis University, University of Missouri-St. Louis, BJC HealthCare and the Missouri Botanical Garden, which collectively conduct more than $600 million of bioscience research annually. The CORTEX’s scientists stand at the forefront in bioscience research and development.

2. Washington University’s School of Medicine

St. Louis is home to first-rate research institutions engaged in leading-edge research in medicine. Washington University’s School of Medicine is one of the most selective in the U.S. and is consistently in the top four for National Institutes of Health funding. The Genome Institute led the international effort to map the human genome. The university has strong programs across all medical disciplines and has a fast-growing biomedical engineering program. Washington University School of Medicine teaching hospitals – Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital – are consistently ranked among the nation’s best hospitals and research institutions.

3. The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is the world’s largest independent research institution dedicated to plant science and is focused on enhancing plant nutrition, increasing agricultural production, reducing use of chemicals and developing biofuels.

4. The Missouri Botanical Garden

The Missouri Botanical Garden is home to the world’s largest database of plant information, and its Herbarium is one of the world’s outstanding research resources for plant specimens.


5. T-REX (or Technology at the Railroad Exchange building X)

Innovation takes center stage at T- Rex which serves as office space and a technology incubator in downtown St. Louis. T-Rex offers creative spaces for the community to create and collaborate on various initiatives while supporting start-ups, hosting hackathons, forums and other programs. This venue allows for free enterprise at a lower cost to entrepreneurs and contributes to the St. Louis economy through generating job opportunities.

6. The Cambridge Innovation Center St. Louis

The Cambridge Innovation Center St. Louis (CIC St. Louis) provides facilities and resources to entrepreneurs on how to build their businesses. CIC St. Louis is yet another example of the region’s commitment to provide researches, innovators, scientists, engineers, artists and doctors with state-of-the-art resources to drive collaboration and innovation.


BioSTL was used as a source for this information.