MU Breaks Ground on 'Discovery Ridge'
In October 2005 the UM Board of Curators approved a plan that would turn part of MU's 1,445-acre South Farm agricultural research station into a "research park" for housing businesses making use of MU scientific and technological breakthroughs -- a joint economic development project between the University of Missouri System Office of Research and Economic Development and the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Now, just over a year later, the initial 114-acre phase of the Discovery Ridge project has broken ground, and a first company, Analytical Bio-Chemistry Laboratories Inc., has announced plans to become Discovery Ridge's first tenant. ABC Labs was founded nearly 40 years ago by MU biochemistry Professor Charles Gehrke. At a May 12 ceremony, company officials announced they will move their corporate headquarters and laboratories to an 11.5-acre site in the research park.
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MU System President Elson Floyd was among the dignitaries who spoke at the ceremony celebrating the move. "The University of Missouri stands ready to form more partnerships like this one bringing together state and public and private enterprise for the benefit of all parties and for the people of our incredible state," Floyd said.