biotechnology

St. Louis on the Air
5:17 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Computers In The Brain? Not So Science Fiction, Says St. Louis Neuroscientist

Eric Leuthardt, neuroscientist, author and biomedical engineer.
Credit Washington University School of Medicine

In the not-so-distant future, it will be possible, perhaps even common place, to have computers implanted in our brains, says St. Louis neurosurgeon Eric Leuthardt.

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Science
5:33 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Monsanto Researcher To Share World Food Prize

Credit (St. Louis Public Radio)

A Monsanto researcher is one of the winners of the 2013 World Food Prize.

Monsanto Chief Technology Officer Robert Fraley will share the international honor with Mary-Dell Chilton of Syngenta and Belgian plant scientist Marc Van Montagu.

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Business - Technology
5:40 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Major Boston-Area Startup Incubator To Join Wash U In New Cortex Facility

The new Cortex facility on Duncan Avenue will be known as @4240.
Credit HOK

One of the country’s largest startup incubators will soon be moving into the Cortex bioscience district in St. Louis.

The move marks Cambridge Innovation Center’s first expansion out of the Boston area, where it houses more than 500 small to mid-sized companies.

CIC’s president and CEO, Ranch Kimball, says he expects the new St. Louis facility to attract mostly technology startups, but says CIC will be open to a variety of businesses.

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Biotechnology - Patents
1:51 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Supreme Court Seems Ready To Side With Monsanto In Soybean Patent Case

Indiana farmer Vernon Hugh Bowman.
(Dan Charles/NPR)

Updated on Tuesday, February 19, at 6:10 p.m. to add quote from Bowman.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in a legal battle between St. Louis-based Monsanto and a 75-year-old Indiana farmer.

The case revolves around whether Vernon Hugh Bowman violated Monsanto's patent rights when he bought seeds from a grain elevator and planted them.

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Business
7:55 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Monsanto Income Triples Due To Biotech Corn Expansion

Credit (St. Louis Public Radio)

Monsanto says its net income nearly tripled in the agricultural products company's first quarter as sales of its biotech corn seeds expanded in Latin American countries.

The company, which is based in St. Louis, is also raising its profit guidance for the year, and shares are up 4 percent in premarket trading. Monsanto said Tuesday that it earned $339 million, or 63 cents per share, in the three months ended November 30, from $126 million, or 23 cents per share, in last year's quarter.

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A Good Year 2012
4:00 am
Mon December 31, 2012

2012: A 'Good Year' For Sprouting Biotech Startups

An up-close view of a microscope.
(via Flickr/breahn)

The numbers are pretty impressive, more than three dozen new biotech startups now call St. Louis home and collectively they’re hauling in tens of millions of dollars from investors.

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Cortex
4:00 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Wexford Closes On New Lab Building

Wexford Science and Technology will spend about $70 million to turn the old Western Electric building into 183,000 sq. ft. of lab and office space.
(Missouri Department of Natural Resources)

One piece of a planned $2.1 billion expansion of the life sciences district Cortex has fallen into place.

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Cortex expansion
4:07 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Life Sciences District Cortex Secures First Round Of TIF For Expansion

Cortex CEO Dennis Lower makes his request for $35 million from the St. Louis TIF Commission
Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

The life sciences district known as Cortex has gotten initial approval for the first phase of its $2.1 billion expansion plan.

The city's Tax Increment Financing commission voted today to authorize about $35 million in incentives for the first phase, which totals about $160 million.

The phase includes new office and laboratory space, a new Shriners' Hospital, and a streetscape known as Cortex Commons. Here's how it breaks down:

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Occupy
1:17 pm
Sun September 16, 2012

On Occupy anniversary, protesters will take aim at Monsanto

Barbara Chicherio, an organizer for the Gateway Green Alliance, holds an anti-GMO sign at a protest in front of Whole Foods Market in Brentwood, Mo. on June 9, 2012.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street and local activist groups plan to mark the occasion by protesting biotechnology giant Monsanto.

Barbara Chicherio is with the Gateway Green Alliance, which opposes genetically modified organisms developed by St. Louis based Monsanto and other biotech companies.

She said tomorrow's protests will represent a shift within the Occupy movement to focus on specific issues.

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GMO Labeling
3:30 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Monsanto gives $4.2 million to block GMO labeling

(via Flickr/A Comment)

Monsanto is leading the fight to block a California ballot initiative that would require labeling of food with genetically modified ingredients.

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