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St. Louis Bio-Belt Strengthens as New Bio-Research
& Development Growth (BRDG) Park Appears on
the Danforth Center Campus
On March 4, 2008, the Danforth Center, in conjunction
with Wexford Science + Technology, of Hanover,
Maryland, broke ground on a new four-story, 110,000
square foot building that will house high-tech wet
laboratory and office space specifically designed to
support the needs of emerging clean-tech, plant and
life science businesses. The new facility will allow
companies from the incubation to post-incubation
stages to locate in the region with the equipment and
space they need to remain competitive. The first of
three planned buildings has been given a Silver LEED
rating by the US Green Building Council and opened
St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley; Creve
on June 16, 2009. Tenants include the NIDUS Center,
Coeur Mayor Harold Dielmann; Danforth Center COO,
VP & President of BRDG Park Sam Fiorello; St. Louis
Divergence, Phycal LLC, the St. Louis Community
Community College Chancellor Dr. Zelema Harris
College Center for Plant and Life Sciences as well as
certain operations of the Monsanto company.
“Having the Bio-Research & Development Growth Park on our property will allow our scientists and
our facilities to more directly support the needs of entrepreneurs and their start-up companies,” said
Sam J. Fiorello, COO and senior vice president of the Danforth Center and president of BRDG Park.
“As the acronym implies, the BRDG Park will provide a bridge to help turn innovative ideas in plant
and life science into commercial successes by capitalizing on the synergy created by these interactions.”
One of the most unique features at BRDG Park will be the St. Louis Community College’s classroom
and laboratory space designed for on-site technical workforce education. The school’s program for
training of bio-technicians has been recognized for excellence by the Missouri Biotechnology Industry
Organization. Having the biotech training program within the BRDG Park facility will allow the college
and its industry partners to develop a workforce development model that will be unparalleled.
BRDG Park was honored in December of 2008 by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments with
its 2008 Outstanding Local Government Achievement Award for Successful Public/Private or Non-Profit
Venture. The award was presented in recognition of BRDG Park’s partnerships with St. Louis County,
St. Louis Community College, the City of Creve Coeur and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
in creating the most prominent bio-research facility in what is quickly growing to be one of the leading
national and international centers for both plant and life sciences.
22 2008 Annual Report
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