Two years ago BioSTL set out to put St. Louis on Israel’s radar.
The non-profit, founded in 2001, helped develop the support system for St. Louis bioscience startups. Then, a few years ago, president and CEO Donn Rubin started hearing that Israeli startups were expanding into other U.S. cities.
“I looked a little more deeply into that and realized that St. Louis and Israel have some real shared strengths and areas where we excel,” Rubin said. “Both St. Louis and Israel are leaders world-wide in plant science or ag tech.”
So in 2014 he decided to launch an initiative to attract Israeli startups to put their U.S. headquarters in St. Louis.
Maria Altman interviews four Israeli companies that have opened U.S. headquarters in St. Louis – Kaiima, Evogene, Forrest Innovations and NRGene. Listen to all the interviews and read the full story here.