Israeli genomics company NRGene bringing U.S. headquarters to St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — An Israeli genomics company has chosen St. Louis for the location of its U.S. headquarters, the St. Louis Business Journal reported.

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NRGene, which develops tools that use big data to identify genetic traits to improve crop yield and disease resistance, will open at the CIC@CET building in the Cortex innovation district in Midtown, officials with BioSTL said Friday. The local office will have a staff of six led by Paul Chomet.

NRGene is the fourth Israeli company to move to St. Louis through BioSTL’s GlobalSTL initiative to attract high-growth international companies. Kaiima Agro-Biotech, Evogene and Forrest Innovations also came to St. Louis through the initiative. GlobalSTL began in 2014 as the St. Louis-Israel Innovation Connection (SLIIC) and initially focused on Israel.

NRGene, the first to successfully assemble the whole genome sequence for wheat, has assembled more than 80 genomes in under a year, officials said.

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Source: St. Louis Business Journal

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