Aker Technologies, a Chicago-based agtech company, announced plans to relocate their headquarters to St. Louis, Missouri. The announcement comes after Aker Technologies landed $2.6 million in new investment.
Founded in 2016, Aker develops technology for agricultural growers, suppliers and retailers designed to offer disease and pest crop diagnostics and help improve crop yields. The company plans to locate their new headquarters near the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and 39 North Agtech Innovation District.
“Our team is excited to have a close relationship with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to accelerate evidence-based field monitoring practices, along with new input and trait development,” said Orlando Saez, co-founder and CEO of Aker Technologies.
Missouri’s agtech industry is leading the way with innovative technology and research that is transforming agriculture. Across Missouri leading agtech organizations, including the Danforth Plant Science Center, Bayer CropScience, the Missouri Botanical Garden, Yield Lab, DuPont, BASF, Bunge and more are developing innovative technology that is transforming agriculture.
Meanwhile, Missouri’s new agtech innovation community 39 North is taking root in St. Louis. The district covers nearly 600 acres in Missouri and includes many of the region’s top agtech companies including the Danforth Plant Science Center, Bio-Research & Development Growth (BRDG) Park and the Helix Center Biotech Incubator. 39 North is geared toward providing the lifestyle often sought by today’s highly skilled scientific workers, with a mix of retail, residential and office space connected by walking and biking trails.
“39 North is an extension of Dr. Danforth’s vision to make St. Louis a world center for plant science and innovation,” said Sam Fiorello, COO, Danforth Center and President of BRDG Park. “By connecting regional assets, improving mobility, creating additional green space and development opportunities, we will enhance our ability to grow, attract, and retain ag-centric companies and top scientific talent.”
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