Established Bioscience Industries

Missouri's Proud Biosciences History

Missouri’s commitment to scientific advancement and large, turn-key labor pool has helped make Missouri a top destination for biosciences facility development. In addition to being home to some of the most prestigious hospitals, medical schools, and bioscience companies in the country, Missouri boasts a low-cost business climate and facilities devoted to biosciences research and commercialization across the state. Missouri also ranks as a top producer of soybeans, cotton and beef, and has one of the best transportation networks in the country.

Major Biosciences Companies Have Already Found Success Here

Missouri's capacity for research supports the bioscience industries.  Missouri is home to companies such as Pfizer, a pharmaceutical manufacturer; Monsanto, an agricultural chemical product manufacturer; Sigma-Aldrich Corporation, a biological product manufacturer; Saint Luke's Regional Labs, a medical laborartory; and Bausch & Lomb Surgical; a medical equipment manufacturer.

Bioscience Companies in Missouri

Eastern Region

  • bioMérieux Inc.: (St. Louis) A world leader in the field of in vitro diagnostics for over 45 years, bioMérieux is present in more than 150 countries through 39 subsidiaries and a large network of distributors.
  • Bunge North America: (HQ St. Louis) Bunge is a leading exporter and domestic supplier of soybean, corn, wheat, sorghum, canola and rice in the United States. The company’s business has expanded into oilseed processing, edible oils and shortenings, and dry corn milling, with a product line that includes animal feed, breakfast cereals, snack foods, and breads.
  • Covidien: (St. Louis) Covidien is a leading manufacturer of medical devices and supplies, diagnostic imaging agents and pharmaceuticals. In 2008, Covidien announced a $100 million expansion of its St. Louis County facilities.
  • Express Scripts, Inc.:  (HQ St. Louis) Express Scripts, Inc. is a pharmacy benefit management company providing a range of services to its clients, including health maintenance organizations (HMOs), health insurers, third-party administrators, employers, union-sponsored benefit plans, workers’ compensation plans and government health programs.
  • Monsanto: (HQ St. Louis) Monsanto helps farmers grow more crops by applying biotechnology and genomics to seeds and herbicides. It produces seeds that tolerate Roundup (its flagship product) and resist bugs. Monsanto estimates that more than 70% of the world's herbicide-resistant crops bear its stamp. Roundup is the world's #1 herbicide.
  • Nestle-Purina PetCare Company: (HQ St. Louis) Nestlé Purina PetCare is the pet food division of Swiss-based Nestlé, following a merger in 2001, between the Nestlé's Friskies PetCare Company and the American Ralston Purina Company. Nestle Purina Petcare Company’s brands include Alpo, Beneful, Fancy Feast, and Beggin’ Strips.
  • Sanofi-Aventis: (St. Louis and Kansas City) Sanofi-Aventis is one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, specializing in seven major therapeutic areas: cardiovascular, thrombosis, oncology, metabolic diseases, central nervous system, internal medicine, and vaccines.
  • Sigma-Aldrich: (St. Louis) Sigma-Aldrich produces chemical and biochemical products for scientific research. The Company's targeted knockout rats, with permanent, heritable gene mutations, were named one of the Top Ten Innovations for 2009 by The Scientist Magazine.
  • The Solae Co.: (HQ St. Louis) Solae was formed as a joint venture between DuPont and Bunge in 2003 to develop, produce, and market soy-based food ingredients. With more than 3,500 customers in 80 countries across the globe, the company manufactures soy protein for beverages and meatless foods as well as soy-based polymers for use in the paper industry.
  • Stereotaxis: (HQ St. Louis) Stereotaxis, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets cardiology instrument control system for use in hospitals to treat arrhythmias and coronary artery disease in the United States, Canada, Europe, and internationally.
  • KWS: KWS provides seed cultivation of sugar beets, corn, grains, feed, oil and protein plants, vegetables and potatoes and related activities. 
  • Donald Danforth Plant Science Center: Founded in 1998, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit research institute with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science. Their mission is to feed the hungry and improve human health.

Central Region

  • ABC Labs: (Columbia) Analytical Bio-Chemistry (ABC) Laboratories has over 40 years of experience providing contract services to the pharmaceutical and chemical industries.
  • Addison Biological Laboratory: (Fayette)  A manufacturer and marketer of exclusive veterinary technologies.  In addition to work in in veterinary diagnostics and herd specific bacterin production, Addison’s MAXI/GUARD® products offer proven solutions for veterinary dental home care, otology, and dermatology and wound care.
  • Sinclair Research Center: (HQ Columbia) Sinclair is a biomedical research facility offering the full range of preclinical (nonclinical) research services to the animal and human health industries.
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals USA: (Mexico) TEVA Pharmaceuticals in Kansas City and Mexico manufactures and markets generic pharmaceutical products. Teva Animal Health in St. Joseph is engaged in the research, development and manufacture of veterinary pharmaceutical products for North America and the worldwide animal health community.

Western Region

  • Aptuit Inc.: (Harrisonville) A pharmaceutical services company that has provided early to mid-phase drug development solutions to pharmaceutical and biotechnology innovators worldwide since 2004.
  • Cardinal Scale: (HQ Joplin) Cardinal Scale Manufacturing Company produces an extensive range of scales for all kinds of industries. These include medical, food service, truck, livestock and more.
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica:  (HQ St. Joseph) Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica develops and markets a broad range of products and technologies worldwide for horses, cattle, swine and companion animals.
  • Mars Petcare U.S.: (Kansas City) Mars Petcare U.S. is one of the fastest growing pet food manufacturers in the United States. It manufactures products for dogs and cats marketed under the Pedigree, Whiskas, and Sheba brands. In 2009, Mars Petcare relocated its R&D operation to a production facility in Kansas City.
  • National Enzyme Company: (Forsyth) National Enzyme Company specializes in product formulation and patented, branded ingredients. As the oldest enzyme company in North America, NEC’s ingredients are the most trusted and proven in the market, resulting in quality products with a high rate of repeat sales.
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals USA: (St. Joseph, Kansas City, Mexico) TEVA Pharmaceuticals in Kansas City and Mexico manufactures and markets generic pharmaceutical products. Teva Animal Health in St. Joseph is engaged in the research, development and manufacture of veterinary pharmaceutical products for North America and the worldwide animal health community.

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