St. Louis agtech startup to develop new Crop Accelerator facility

St. Louis agtech startup to develop new Crop Accelerator facility
February 25, 2021 Matt Fernandes
An artist's rendering of the new 47,000-square-foot Crop Accelerator in Creve Coeur with Benson Hill's logo on a sign in front.

This article originally ran in the St. Louis Business Journal on February 25, 2021. 

St. Louis-based agtech startup Benson Hill said Thursday it plans to open a new research facility in Creve Coeur designed to accelerate its innovation pipeline.

Benson Hill is partnering with St. Louis-based venture capital firm Lagomaj Capital to develop the new 47,000-square-foot facility, which is called the Crop Accelerator and will include infrastructure to advance the agtech firm’s product development efforts. The Crop Accelerator facility will be located inside a former warehouse facility at 1200 Research Blvd. in Creve Coeur, just north of Benson Hill’s headquarters on the campus of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.

Founded in 2012, Benson Hill, which describes itself as a “food tech company,” has developed technology that uses data science, artificial intelligence and machine learning to help improve crop varieties with better accuracy, nutritional value and sustainability than traditional breeding methods.

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