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BioGenerator Wins National Award of Excellence for Advancing Regional Competitiveness

Sep 16, 2013

BioGenerator was named a winner of SSTI’s 2013 “Excellence in TBED” (technology-based economic development) award, recognizing BioGenerator and its programs as national models for investing in science, technology and innovation to grow the economy and create high-paying jobs. SSTI is a national nonprofit organization that leads, supports and strengthens efforts to improve state and regional economies through science, technology, and innovation.

“BioGenerator stands out because of its decade-long record of success in building an entrepreneurial infrastructure capable of turning St. Louis’ bioscience research assets into thriving companies,” said Dan Berglund, SSTI president & CEO. “BioGenerator’s model, including support that begins at the very earliest stages for company formation, reflects a great mix of best practices and locally-tailored initiatives.”

“This award is a recognition of the growing entrepreneurial momentum in St. Louis. BioGenerator is grateful to have played a part, working with our partners across the region, in building comprehensive infrastructure to support talented entrepreneurs and emerging companies in St. Louis,” said Eric Gulve, Ph.D., President of the BioGenerator. “It is a tribute to the deep commitment of the staff at BioGenerator and BioSTL, the vision of key community leaders, the collaborative relationships with numerous organizations in this ecosystem, the extensive support of our funders, and the innovative and risk-taking mindset of St. Louis’ entrepreneurs.”

“It is an honor to be recognized by our peers from across the country with this national award of excellence,” said Donn Rubin, Chairman of the BioGenerator and President & CEO of BioSTL. “This recognition is the direct result of the hard work and dedication of our talented staff at the BioGenerator and the tremendous leadership of BioGenerator President Eric Gulve.” BioGenerator is the nonprofit venture development organization of BioSTL.

Elements of BioGenerator programming that contributed to the recognition include:

Awards were presented today during SSTI’s 17th Annual Conference in Portland, OR, attended by more than 300 local, regional and national leaders in economic development from 40 states and four countries. Recipients of the award were selected through a competitive process by a national panel of experts in the field.

Enclosed with this release is the national award announcement from SSTI as well as an overview of the awards and the selection process.

About BioGenerator

The BioGenerator, the non-profit venture development organization of BioSTL, facilitates the formation of successful, sustainable bioscience companies in the St. Louis region. It provides start-up bioscience companies with pre-seed and seed investment funds; shared lab space with specialized equipment, and in-depth advice, support, and access to networks. Please visit www.biogenerator.org for additional information. Twitter: @BioGeneratorSTL.

About BioSTL

BioSTL is a nonprofit that builds regional capacity and fosters collaborative efforts to advance innovation, entrepreneurship, and new company creation that capitalize on St. Louis’ world- class medical and plant biosciences and to promote economic growth and regional prosperity in St. Louis. Please visit www.biostl.org for additional information. Twitter: @BioSTL. Facebook: BioSTL.