39 North

St. Louis’ 39 North is Emerging as a World Leader in Academic and Corporate AgTech Research and Innovation

Where AgTech Meets an Innovation District

The highest concentration of plant science PhD’s in the world, more than 1000, call St. Louis home. Highly skilled experts contribute to world-class research institutions including the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, the Missouri Botanical Garden and academic institutions including Washington University,
Saint Louis University and the University of Missouri St. Louis. Leading multinational corporations including Monsanto, Bunge North America, and Novus International have their headquarters in the St. Louis Region. Additionally, an increasing number of small and midsize businesses comprise a remarkable regional network of over 400 research and development AgTech companies employing over 15,000 people. What do you get when you combine these? 39 North.

39 North – A Physical Place and Distinct Idea

St. Louis County and the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership decided to build on this strength and attract top talent worldwide to the 39 North district. The innovation district is a space where colleagues can get out of their labs and cubicles and mingle over coffee or cocktails. It’s a place where people from all over the world move to because they want to be part of something that matters, is enduring and bigger than themselves. It’s that energy and sharing of ideas that is at the very heart of 39 North, and that ultimately stimulates breakthrough innovation.

Researchers at the Danforth Center, Bio-Research &Development Growth Park (BRDG Park) and Helix Center work to advance the human condition every day. The Helix Center Biotech Incubator is a destination location for bioscience, agricultural technology and plant science startups.

39 North laboratory inside Intact Genomics

Intact Genomics‘ laboratory located in the Helix Center

Danforth Plant Science Center

The Value in Championing the 39 North AgTech District

Our capital, infrastructure and proximity to major farms and food producers make 39 North extraordinarily unique. We’re growing a neighborhood by connecting communities of interest and innovation. Years from now, history will celebrate this district for advancing plant science and AgTech around the world.


Global Issues

Expanding the AgTech industry  is critical for our future.  According to the Danforth Plant Science Center , world populations are expected to reach 10 billion and agriculture production must increase by 70% by 2050.  Energy use is predicted to Double and 2/3 of the World’s population will live in water stressed conditions.  We are already utilizing 38% of ice-free land for agriculture, so we must find ways to increase yields while sustaining our environment.