ST. LOUIS (Jan. 27, 2017) — GlobalSTL, a BioSTL initiative to attract companies that create highgrowth economic activity for St. Louis, has recruited Israeli tech company Atomation to St. Louis where the company will work on a special pilot project for Ameren. Atomation is the fifth Israeli company recruited by GlobalSTL to locate its U.S. headquarters in St. Louis.
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.
It’s hard to overstate how big of a deal the National Ploughing Championships are in Ireland.
Prime Minister Enda Kenny attended the annual event last month near Tullamore, along with about 300,000 people for what is considered the largest ag showcase in Europe.
The U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin O’Malley, was also there, wearing a business suit, green tie, and wellies, the rubber boots everyone wears to “the Ploughing.”
St. Louis Public Radio reporter Maria Altman returned earlier this week from a 10-day reporting trip with a delegation from BioSTL and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center as they traveled to Ireland and Israel, seeking new markets and business opportunities for the St. Louis region.
On a Sunday morning in Tel Aviv the streets are bustling. It’s the first day of the work week for Israelis.
BioSTL’s man in Israel, Uri Attir, has set up meetings with five startups companies. The first is at Hebrew University’s agriculture school in Rehovot, a southern suburb of the city.
In a small university conference room, a plant science professor and his three-member team present their business. The audience consists of three members of the non-profit BioSTL and a representative from the Danforth Plant Science Center.
In a glass-encased room under a white tent, ag tech startups took to a stage in a pitch competition on Tuesday. It was just a small part of the National Ploughing Championships in Ireland, what is now the largest ag trade show in Europe.
The competition between startups in that small room, not tractors out in the fields, was the reason two St. Louis organizations made the trip to Tullamore, Ireland this week. Both BioSTL and the Yield Lab are looking to plug into the Irish ag tech startup community.
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When a group of St. Louisans visited Israel in 2014 to build ties with that country’s entrepreneurs, they expected to wait years for the effort to bear fruit.
Instead, it took five days. Kaiima, an Israeli agricultural technology startup, had raised $100 million in venture capital and was looking to establish a U.S. presence. After meeting the BioSTL delegation and doing some followup research, it decided to open an office in St. Louis.
Read the full article on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website
Israel is quietly becoming a world center of genome research and genetic technology, especially in the area of plants. Many of the Israeli companies in this area are looking to another center of genome research: St. Louis, Missouri, home of several institutions and companies – among them Monsanto – that specialize in gene-based “plant engineering,” in which genomes are manipulated to develop hardier, more nutritious, and more tasty versions of familiar grains, fruits, and vegetables.
Read the full article at Times of Israel
NRGene is an ag tech company based in Israel that will soon have a presence in St. Louis.
“Settling in St. Louis is actually a pretty easy decision,” said Paul Chomet, who will head up the office here.
He said that’s because NRGene, which uses big data analytics to identify genetic traits and improve crops, has dealt with ag companies and scientists in St. Louis previously. That includes the world-renowned Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.
Read the full article at St. Louis Public Radio