Cortex is a vibrant space serving as an inclusive economic engine for St. Louis. Cortex creates equitable economic impacts by leveraging high-quality facilities, developing programs that build knowledge and networks, and convening strategic partnerships that attract and support emerging and established companies. Founded in 2002 through a collaboration of Washington University in St. Louis, BJC HealthCare, the University of Missouri – St. Louis, Saint Louis University, and the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Cortex Innovation Community ( is an internationally recognized hub of innovation and entrepreneurship that is focused on accelerating inclusive economic growth in St. Louis.

Cortex is more than just buildings. It is an innovation community strategically built around the idea that together, we can do more. Cortex is people working to improve St. Louis by growing and attracting jobs and partnering to inclusively prepare the talent for those jobs. Cortex is how we train entrepreneurs for business success as much as it is creating a place with amenities and an interesting vibe. Our community is a catalyst for innovation that brings together big-thinking problem solvers with state-of-the-art resources, facilities, and innovative programming to inspire and drive collaboration.

San Francisco biotech company opens new $41M office in Cortex (Photos)


"A San Francisco-based immunology company that wants to help eradicate infectious disease globally has expanded its footprint in St. Louis, opening a new $41 million office within the Cortex innovation district."


By Nathan Rubbelke, St. Louis Inno Editor


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Cortex residential expansion clears key milestone after Alderwoman Tina Pihl voices opposition


  "Apartments and other additional Cortex developments could be closer to reality after a commission recommended extending an incentives district, with an understanding that it would review additional projects."


By Gloria Lloyd - Repoter, St. Louis Business Journal 


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