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Optional Evening Tour:
Tour of Nidus Center for Scientific Enterprise and
Reception at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Tuesday, October 5

Discover the wonder and intrigue of St. Louis—in the "Heart of the Biobelt."

Photo of the back of the Nidus CenterDuring the course of the evening, attendees toured the Nidus Center for Scientific Enterprise, a nonprofit, 40,000-square-foot plant and life science incubator that supports entrepreneurial clients who are refining and preparing new technologies. Opened in 2000, the Nidus Center was the first laboratory to receive LEED™ certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Ultimately achieving LEED™ Silver, the Nidus Center's impressive shell provides an atmosphere of creativity for the research it houses. This guided tour highlighted the Center's use of energy recovery, as well as a myriad of other sustainable design features.

Photo of the Danforth CenterThe evening continued with a relaxing reception at the nearby Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, a state-of-the-art plant research facility with a global vision to improve the human condition. The Danforth Center's research focuses on bio-fortification of foods and feeds, drought tolerance of crops, novel genetic mechanisms to control pests and pathogens in plants, and developing plants as bio-renewable resources.

This evening's event was sponsored by HOK:




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