39 North Innovation District Plan Unveiled
The Science in Our Food
Friday, September 20, 2019
(The Science Breaker) Enhancing cassava for better nutrition in every bite
Researchers in the Taylor Lab have identified two genes that enables cassava to produce and store significantly more iron and zinc that remains present even when processed.
Monday, September 16, 2019
(St. Louis Business Journal) Danforth Center scientists snag $9M in funding to advance cutting-edge research
Danforth Center scientists have recently garnered more than $9 million in grant funding to support a variety of projects and a prestigious fellowship. Read the article to learn more about the exciting research that will take place.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
(St. Louis Public Radio) Danforth Center, Wash U Scientists Study Increasing Carbon Dioxide Levels On Plants
St. Louis Public Radio spoke with Keith Slotkin and Malia Gehan to discuss their latest NSF-funded research that examines how plants respond to increased carbon dioxide levels over time.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
(Brookings) To succeed in the global economy, cities must invest in what makes them unique
By creating international collaborations, 39 North has become the world's agtech innovation district. This article from Brookings shows how St. Louis and other cities are focusing on their unique regional strengths.
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Ag firm moves to Creve Coeur after landing $2.6 million investment
Aker Technologies, a current company in our Innovation Incubator, is moving its headquarters to 39 North after receiving a $2.6 million investment from Lewis & Clark Ventures.
Sunday, August 25, 2019
(University of Georgia) Graduate students in crop science fields visit leading plant science research sites in St. Louis
By touring companies like Bayer and Benson Hill, graduate students at University of Georgia got to see what makes 39 North an innovation ecosystem.
Friday, August 23, 2019
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Missouri researchers study golf course grass to address agricultural challenges
Scientists at the Danforth Center are studying golf course grasses to understand how to make plants more tolerant to saltier soils. Salty soils are continually increasing, and result in billions of dollars in production losses each year.
Thursday, August 22, 2019
(Milken Institute Review) Gene Editing Meets The Food Supply
Using gene editing technology, researchers in our Institute for International Crop Improvement seek to improve important staple crops to help smallholder farmers increase their yield and feed their communities. Read this article to hear from Nigel Taylor and Donald MacKenzie on the challenges and successes of working with gene-edited plants.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
(The Missouri Times) House Economic Development Committee to hear from Missouri AgTech leaders
The Danforth Center and partners attended the House Economic Development Committee hearing on supporting AgTech in Missouri. Karla Roeber, Vice President of Public and Government Affairs at the Danforth Center, spoke with The Missouri Times about our region’s bioscience innovation community.
(Spiegel) Plant Researchers Brace for Population Explosion
By 2050, we will need to double the amount of food we currently produce in order to feed our growing population. Danforth Center Principal Investigator Becky Bart spoke with Spiegel to explain how her lab is working to help solve this challenge by developing virus-resistant cassava.
Monday, July 08, 2019
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Scientists pursue a cleaner way to produce life-saving opiate treatments
Toni Kutchan and Megan Augustin spoke with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about their most recent discovery for producing a life-saving opiate antidote more sustainably and at a lower cost. Read the article to learn about the decades-long research that went into this exciting discovery.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
(WCAI) A More Cost-Efficient and Sustainable Way to Manufacture Narcan
Scientists in the Kutchan Lab have discovered a sustainable method to produce a lifesaving opiate antidote, Narcan, at a reduced cost. Recently Toni Kutchan was featured on WCAI's Living Lab Radio program to discuss her research.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
(Farm Progress) Innovative program gives ag startups a boost
The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory are partnering with the Danforth Center to fund their first cohort of agtech startups. The program has the potential to bridge the funding gap between discovery and commercialization.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
(St. Louis Business Journal) First startups named for Danforth Center/Wells Fargo agtech incubator
The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) announced their first agtech cohort, which includes two companies that are local to St. Louis and the 39 North district.
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) 2 St. Louis ag firms are picked for incubator funded by Wells Fargo
Two St. Louis agtech startups, CoverCress and RNAissance Ag, have been selected to participate in the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2), in partnership with the Danforth Center.
Friday, May 10, 2019
(St. Louis Business Journal) First look: 39 North innovation district unveils renderings for proposed main street
39 North strives to become more pedestrian-friendly with a potential redesign of Old Olive Road.
Wednesday, May 08, 2019
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Benson Hill Biosystems to build new HQ in plant science district with plans to grow to 300 people
Benson Hill Biosystems announced its plan to make St. Louis and 39 North its official headquarters by celebrating a ceremonial groundbreaking at the future site for a 160,000 sq. ft. building.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
(Thrive Global) 4 Ways I Prepared to Move to a New City and Find My Dream Job After I Got There
St. Louis’ reputation as a center for agtech and innovation was one of the reasons Keith Duncan moved to the city looking for a new position - and ended up landing his dream job.
Tuesday, April 09, 2019
(St. Louis Business Journal) Danforth Center names advisory board for Wells Fargo startup incubator
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center has announced a 10-member advisory board that will help select the first agtech cohort for the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2).
(Washington University in St. Louis) Rusted root: Weedy rice repeatedly evolves ‘cheater’ root traits
Danforth Center Principal Investigator Chris Topp and researchers from Washington University in St. Louis used a new imaging technique to reveal a takeover strategy that has worked for weedy rice: roots that minimize below-ground contact with other plants.