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Benson Hill talks carbon markets, closed-loop systems in ESG report

August 8, 2022

Less than a year after going public via SPAC, crop genetics company Benson Hill has released its first-ever environmental, social and governance (ESG) report outlining its progress on various sustainability efforts from 2021 and the first half of 2022. The company, based in St. Louis, Missouri in the US, has developed a genetically-bred, higher-protein soybean…

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Innovation Is A Powerful Economic Lever

Innovation Is A Powerful Economic Lever

July 15, 2022

Unless you live on an isolated, self-sufficient island somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean (in which case, you’re probably not reading this), you can’t get through a day without being impacted by the highest rates of inflation we’ve seen in 40 years. From headline-grabbing gas prices to a 10.8% jump for groceries, and a…

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A Growing Innovation District: 39 North Celebrates Its Five Year Anniversary

July 14, 2022

This year, the Danforth Center is proud to celebrate the five year anniversary of 39 North, our 600-acre innovation district located in the heart of agriculture in St. Louis, MO. Anchored by the Danforth Center, BRDG Park, the Helix Center Incubator, Bayer Crop Science, Benson Hill and the Yield Lab accelerator, 39 North sits at the center of it all: agriculture, bioscience,…

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The USA’s heart of innovation

July 13, 2022

Long regarded as the industrial powerhouse of the US, Missouri is now proving itself as a global centre of tech excellence The state of Missouri has been building its technology credentials for decades. However, in recent years it has seen an acceleration of its tech industries, making it one of the most attractive locations for…

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New research institute launches to focus on geospatial

April 8, 2022

Eight research institutions are joining forces to create the Taylor Geospatial Institute, a new entity based locally and aimed at expanding St. Louis’ position as a hub of geospatial research and innovation. With the newly created center envisioned as becoming a key component in St. Louis’ ongoing effort to bolster its burgeoning geospatial technology sector,…

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Brookings Institute calls St. Louis a rising star in tech: Here’s why

April 7, 2022

The St. Louis Metro area comes out looking pretty good in a new report from the Brookings Institution, which calls attention to St. Louis and other “rising stars” that have done a solid job in recent years of adding jobs in fast-growing technology sectors. Employment data from 2020, the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic,…

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Missouri, more innovation, more foreign direct investment, more success

April 6, 2022

The location of choice for companies entering the US market, Missouri is a melting pot of multinational expertise and progressive startups In mid-2021, the US Tax Foundation’s Location Matters index was released, ranking each US state according to a long list of factors across various business scenarios. A year before this important report, Missouri dropped…

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St. Louis innovation ecosystem: Talent, capital, facilities and networks

April 4, 2022

The St. Louis innovation ecosystem is a unique mix of talent, capital, facilities, and networks that create opportunities for startups to thrive and for individuals to find meaningful careers. Benson Hill is an incredible example of the St. Louis innovation ecosystem at work. Co-founded by Danforth Center Principal Investigator Dr. Todd Mockler, Benson Hill chose…

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BRDG Park: Growing the future of agrifoodtech

April 3, 2022

Around half of all US agriculture production is within a 500-mile radius of St Louis, Missouri, including 80% of the nation’s soybean and corn crops. In recent years, the Midwestern city has also earned the name “the Silicon Valley of agtech” thanks to a bustling ag biosciences and agrifoodtech scene. Not only is the city…

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Growing a talent pipeline to accelerate innovation in St. Louis

April 2, 2022

Talent is a key component of any innovation ecosystem. 39 North is home to more than 1,000 plant scientists driving research and development at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. Companies such as Bayer Crop Science, Benson Hill, CoverCress and others at the BioResearch and Development Growth (BRDG) Park and the Helix Center incubator are…

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