Eilene Lyons | St. Louis Public Radio

Eilene Lyons

Eilene Lyons is a consultant for the National Science Foundation-funded Bio-Link, the Next Generation National Advanced Technological Education Center of Excellence for Biotechnology and Life Sciences. She is also retired STEM division dean, professor emeritus and founding coordinator of the STLCC Biotechnology program.

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The seeds for the St. Louis biotech boom began as early as 1998 when St. Louis leaders recognized a perfect confluence of key ingredients for growth in plant and life sciences: the geographic location in the nation’s cropland; an abundance of scientific research institutions, including Washington University, St. Louis University and the Columbia and St. Louis campuses of the University of Missouri; and many successful scientific companies such as Monsanto, Sigma-Aldrich, Novus and Covidien.