St. Louis Press Pass

by St. Louis Regional Chamber | Feb 19, 2016
AAIPharma Services Corp. / Cambridge Major Laboratories Moves To Larger Quarters In St. Louis, Missouri
(Area Development News, 2/18/16)
AIPharma Services Corp. / Cambridge Major Laboratories, Inc., will invest $10.7 million to move its headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. The company will relocate to the city’s Cortex Innovation Community. The company plans to add 30 employees in the next five years to bring its full-time head count to about 110 associates. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Danforth Plant Science Center expansion to open in April
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/17/16)
An additional 100 plant scientists will have a new home when the expansion wing of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center opens April 15. >> CLICK FOR MORE
World Wide Technology continues fast growth as revenue rises 9%
(St. Louis Business Journal, 2/17/16)
Maryland Heights-based World Wide Technology continued hiring at a rapid pace in 2015, adding nearly 1,000 jobs to help support its revenue growth, which jumped 8.8 percent from 2014 to $7.4 billion. >> CLICK FOR MORE
KPMG leads $10 million investment in Label Insight
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/17/16)
Label Insight, which has assembled a database of nutrition information from food labels, has raised $10 million in capital from KPMG and other investors. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Sam Altman: “We Want To Hire More St. Louis Startups.”
(EQ, 2/12/16)
Y Combinator, one of the most prestigious startup incubator in the world, wants to invest in more St. Louis startups. That’s according to the Silicon Valley incubator’s president, Sam Altman, who participated in several Q&A sessions Thursday at the Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Innovation Heaven: The Cortex Innovation Community
(Ladue News, 2/18/16)
Reshma Chamberlin feels a renewed sense of efficiency and enthusiasm at work these days, and the chief executive officer of B/C Designers, a business consulting firm, credits much of it to location. Since she moved her company to the Cortex Innovation Community, a 200-acre innovation district in Midtown, Chamberlin is thriving on the creative vibes and individuals around her and the convenience of having all of it available to her within a passionate community. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Cancer research in Argentina leads to startup in St. Louis
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/18/16)
With funding from BioGenerator, a new cancer-treatment company based on research in Argentina is setting up shop in St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Growing Fast: Gainsight’s Expansion
(EQ, 2/12/16)
​Customer success is a popular term these days. Companies are focusing heavily on not only acquiring customers, but maintaining their happiness and expanding the relationship. Gainsight is being hailed as the industry leader in that space, and has rapidly grown from early mover to one of St. Louis’ biggest startups. And we mean rapidly. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Hatchbuck helping small businesses grow revenue without growing the team
(St. Louis Business Journal, 2/16/16)
It’s a difficult cycle to breakthrough: small businesses want to grow, but can’t grow until they hire more sales associates but can’t hire until they grow sales. A St. Louis startup says it has developed a way to help small business owners stay top of mind with current and potential customers without growing the team. >> CLICK FOR MORE 
Pixel Press signs retail agreement with national chain
(St. Louis Business Journal, 2/16/16)
Pixel Press, the St. Louis-based startup that developed create-your-own video game technology, has signed its first retail partnership with Marbles: The Brain Store, a retailer focused on games and puzzles with nearly 40 locations nationwide. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Maker Series with Jason Hall
(Black&White Gingham, 2/18/16)
Some people are just meant to help steer a city in the right direction...Right now, that leader is Jason Hall. While he may not be trading furs or hitting home runs, he is helping attract a new thread of businesses to St. Louis, businesses that will allow for our city to grow in size, economy, and reputation. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Express Scripts' profit, retention rate climb
(St. Louis Business Journal, 2/17/16)
Express Scripts Holding Co.’s earnings climbed 33 percent in the fourth quarter to reach $773.5 million, as the company reported its strongest year ever for business retention. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Mercy signs virtual medicine deal with UNC
(St. Louis Business Journal, 2/19/16)
Mercy is taking the next step in its multi-million dollar push into virtual medicine, inking a deal to provide virtual care for the University of North Carolina Health Care system. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Monsanto discloses stake in Israeli biotech company
(St. Louis Business Journal, 2/16/16)
Monsanto Co., the Creve Coeur-based agribusiness giant, has disclosed a significant stake in an Israeli biotech company that it’s partnered with for more than a decade. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Washington U's Schaal takes helm of national science group
(St. Louis Business Journal, 2/16/16)
Barbara Schaal, dean of Washington University's faculty of arts and sciences, takes her post this month as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society. >> CLICK FOR MORE
TriStar Properties launches two more spec buildings at Gateway Commerce Center
(Illinois Business Journal, 2/17/16)
​TriStar Properties has begun development of two more speculative distribution centers initially totaling 1.13 million square feet on the eastern side of Gateway Commerce Center in Edwardsville. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Hotel planned for International Shoe building downtown
(St. Louis Business Journal, 2/17/16)
A Milwaukee developer plans to turn the International Shoe Co. building in downtown St. Louis into a boutique hotel. >> CLICK FOR MORE
The 10-story, 140,000 square-foot building at 1501 Washington Ave. is now slated for conversion into a 140-room boutique hotel.
Shake Shack to anchor $31 million Central West End development
(St. Louis Business Journal, 2/12/16)
Shake Shack, one of the hottest restaurant concepts over the past few years and the creation of native St. Louisan Danny Meyer, will be the anchor tenant of the Koman Group’s $31 million Central West End mixed-use development on Euclid Avenue. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Reception welcomes Gen. Darren W. McDew to new role at Scott Air Force Base
(, 2/12/16)
Gen. Darren W. McDew and his wife, Evelyn, were the guests of honor at a February 10th reception celebrating his recent appointment as Commander of the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) at Scott Air Force Base. The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, Civic Progress, Regional Business Council, St. Louis Regional Chamber and the Belle Scott Committee partnered to host the event.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
Edward Jones commits $4.7 million to support mission of Alzheimer's Association
(News Medical, 2/16/16)
​The Alzheimer's Association today announced an historic partnership with St. Louis-based financial services firm Edward Jones. Edward Jones has committed $4.7 million over two years to support the mission of the Alzheimer's Association. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Peacock, other local execs form group to bring MLS to St. Louis
(St. Louis Business Journal, 2/19/16)
A group of local business and sports leaders, including St. Louis Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III and St. Louis Blues CEO Chris Zimmerman, has formed to help bring a Major League Soccer team to St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Convention Center study recommends almost twice the space
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/18/16)
The city's convention center complex should expand to more than 900,000 square feet of "function space," almost double its current size, according to a report given on Thursday to the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission board. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Area chefs and restaurants named James Beard Award semifinalists
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/17/16)
The regional semifinalists for the prestigious James Beard Foundation Awards have been announced, and one new face joins four other previous nominees. >> CLICK FOR MORE
More than 50 musicians from 15 countries collaborate on album in St. Louis
(St. Louis Public Radio, 2/17/16)
Last year local musician Louis Wall decided to record and produce an album pairing St. Louis-born with immigrant musicians. At the time, he didn’t know it would expand to include roughly 50 people from 15 countries across five continents. Wall says the key to making an album with that many contributors is keeping it accessible to everyone. >> CLICK FOR MORE