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MISSOURI BIOTECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION - WHAT WE DO

Missouri Biotechnology Association (MOBIO) is the only statewide membership group that speaks with one voice to advance and champion the life sciences in Jefferson City, across the state, and in Washington, D.C. MOBIO represents most extensive and broadest cross-section of life science organizations including businesses, higher education, medical research, start-ups, agri-science and related firms involved in research, development, and commercialization of the life sciences. MOBIO serves to connect, develop, and advance the state’s bioscience community.

MOBIO members benefit from a strategic focus to support the enrichment and growth of the biosciences in Missouri through:

Statewide Network

MOBIO connections make a difference, specializing in meaningful business-to-business engagements and bridging: 

  • A network of diversified thought leaders
  • Business leaders with policymakers
  • Entrepreneurs with investors
  • Members to greater market potential 


Members connect at regional, national, and international levels with science, education, and commercial networks to advance business and enrich the industry. 


MOBIO is the catalyst, accelerating growth and leveraging high-value relationships for our vibrant life sciences community. 

Science & Policy

MOBIO advocates for Missouri’s life sciences and technology sectors.  Maintaining a sophisticated understanding of current dynamics, MOBIO serves as your trusted voice for bipartisan engagement and leadership within the Missouri State Capitol.

  • MOBIO forges meaningful relationships between public and private sector leaders to:
  • Defend companies large and small
  • Obtain and safeguard public investment
  • Secure state funding for Missouri's life science industry 


The strength of MOBIO's collective voice consistently delivers a compelling message to advance pro-science, pro-business legislative policy.    

Member Savings

MOBIO saves members real money, providing access to numerous partner organizations that offer significant discounts on relevant industry products and services.

  • R & D
  • Laboratory
  • Finance & Administration
  • Facilities & Operations
  • Communications & Data


All MOBIO members are entitled to preferred purchasing power. There is NO fee to participate.

Workforce Development

PROSPER is a workforce development initiative, dedicated to Partnering Resources, Opportunities & Students for Powerful Employment Results. We proudly partner with Missouri Southern State University, MOSO Caps, and Missouri Western State University in the Science 2 Jobs (S2J) program and collaborate with BioSTL and BioNexus KC in the BIOTECH for MO program. PROSPER directly supports these programs and functions as a bridge extending additional assistance to rural and underserved communities within Missouri.


Thank you to the State of Missouri for its support and investment in the current and future growth of Missouri's life sciences.

MOBIO Member Highlight

St. Louis Community College

Center for Plant and Life Sciences (CPLS)

Satellite campus at BioResearch and Development Growth (BRDG) Park

CPLS might only occupy a small amount of space in the industry building that is BRDG Park, but it has a big mission! There are numerous activities happening from classes to high school interactions to industry partnerships, all with a modest full-time staff within 10,500 square feet of space. By being centrally located within the 39 North Innovation district, there is always something going on!

 

The primary focus has always been the Biotechnology program. This program was originally designed with input from industry as to which technical skills are essential for a bench technician. Industry involvement continues in the form of an advisory board, which meets several times per year and provides feedback and recommendations on curriculum and approves any changes to the program. Currently, the largest challenge is building recruitment into the program, as workforce is desperately needed within the St. Louis region, and our students are so well trained they are snatched up, many times before all their program requirements have been completed! There is also support for the Life Sciences Laboratory Assistant (LSLA) certificate, which has a growing high school dual credit involvement using the EMBARK pathway. EMBARK enables high school students to take college classes while they are still in high school, with the potential to graduate high school with a diploma and the LSLA certificate. The Parkway SPARK! Bioscience Program holds their meetings every day on site at CPLS throughout the normal school year.

 

Most of the professional staff members at CPLS have become certified Bioscience Core Skill Institute (BCSI) micro credential evaluators and testers! With the increased need for trained bioscience technicians in the area, this move was made to show competency even if a program certificate has not been completed. A second evaluator training will take place this month (February 13 and 14, 2024!) on site at CPLS and next door at the Danforth Center! In addition to our program students, there is much interest in this micro credential testing capabilities with many of the high school students completing the LSLA program, or with other external groups to which we provide training!


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MOBIO Breakthrough

Join us for MOBIO's Breakthrough of the Month series, where we explore Missouri's new and sometimes hidden biotech industry.  


This is a virtual learning platform for the greater life science community where we highlight and discuss novel discoveries, new business opportunities, and potential partnerships. 


This is a FREE presentation that is open to those in the life-science community. 


Are you interested in featuring your organization or discovery?  Please reach out to us, via email.

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