The Missouri Innovation Center (MIC) cut the ribbon on a new addition at its Life Science Business Incubator at Monsanto Place in Columbia, Missouri. The new addition added working space for up to 30 entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses in Missouri.
“The innovation center is a place where companies can get started and grow,” said Bill Turpin, president and CEO of MIC. “We have a close affiliation with the University of Missouri, and a lot of their faculty and staff come here to the MIC with their ideas.”
“This was our last remaining space to grow here at this location,” said Turpin “The idea is that people want the open and collaborative spaces, so we went out and looked at innovators like T-Rex and the Cortex Innovation Community in St. Louis and brought that kind of innovative environment here.”
The Life Science Business Incubator is managed and operated in collaboration with the University Of Missouri – Columbia, and is currently home to 17 startups. The 33,000 sq. ft. facility is a combination of conference room space, private offices, wet lab facilities, shared lab facilities, and open office environments used for facilitating start up companies.
Missouri Innovation Center provides building support services, evaluates businesses that are interested in residing at the location, and helps set the future plans for use of the space. The building is located on the University of Missouri campus and is available to faculty, staff, and students as an outlet for research, internship opportunities, and full time job opportunities with the growing companies they work with upon graduation.
Check out the live video of the ribbon cutting here.
For more information on why Missouri could be a prime location to launch or grow your business, contact Steve Johnson, CEO of Missouri Partnership, at 314.725.2688 or via our contact form, with any questions you might have, and learn how Missouri Partnership can help with your business expansion needs.