Richard Norris, director of St. Louis Community College’s Center for Plant and Life Sciences at BRDG Park, has been asked to join the executive board of the Missouri Biotechnology Association (MOBIO) and assume the duties as secretary.
MOBIO is the state’s premier professional business association dedicated to growing and protecting Missouri’s bioscience and high tech companies. MOBIO provides focused legislative engagement, valuable connections across the converging industries, a forum for addressing emerging science talent shortages, new pathways as its businesses strive for capital growth and access to funding, and important cost-savings solutions.
MOBIO is the only statewide nonprofit membership group that speaks with one voice for all Missouri organizations interested in the life sciences, innovation and entrepreneurship. MOBIO is composed of the broadest cross-section of companies, institutions of higher education, medical research organizations, start-up enterprises, agri-science and related firms involved in research, development and commercialization of the life sciences. MOBIO members promote economic development in Missouri by supporting life science research and practical applications that benefit the general population.
Norris has served for two years on MOBIO’s larger governing board before being asked to fill this larger leadership position with the organization.
Norris last month also was selected to serve as president of the St. Louis Agribusiness Club for 2016-17.
The club provides a forum for important agricultural issues, and educational, networking and professional development for its 450 members.