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.

Partnership of BioSTL, BioNexus KC, and the Missouri Biotechnology Association Receives Grant to Launch Statewide Training and Employment Initiative for High-Demand Bioscience Careers.


 "Missouri’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding will establish the first bioscience industry-led, statewide workforce training effort and provide targeted opportunities for historically underserved communities."


Contact, Kate Munsch of BioSTL for media inquiries


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Per Scholas St. Louis Hosts Inaugural Graduation


  "Eleven technologists trained in cybersecurity skills ready to enter the local job market."


By Staff - Per Scholas & Cortex


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