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Discovery Ridge

Where Science Goes To Work

Discovery Ridge is an emerging research park located near the University of Missouri, a top research university. This 80,000-square-foot multi-tenant building will include lab and office space for businesses focusing on human health, veterinary medicine, nutrition, bioengineering, biology, environmental sciences and agriculture.

Vision: A catalyst of high-tech development and a bridge between the university and private industry.

Flexibility: Modular design allows for large, open laboratories or smaller specialized labs

In 2005, the University of Missouri Board of Curators approved the development of a section of Columbia’s South Farm for a new research park. The belief was, and continues to be, that the research occurring in the living fields and laboratories at South Farm, and at the University of Missouri, will attract tenants who desire close proximity to innovative intellectual resources.

It is the mission of the University of Missouri System Office of Research and Economic Development to link research and commercialization from the system’s four campuses with emerging and existing firms across the state—Discovery Ridge does just that.

Discovery Ridge History

In the past 10 years the city of Columbia, Missouri has experienced a 24.4% increase in population and the university has consistently witnessed increased enrollment. Because of Columbia’s growth, the once rural South Farm, is now adjacent to residential neighborhoods and shopping areas. Concern has long existed that the College would lose the farm as a working research, teaching and outreach site. After considerable study, it was determined that a research park could be a mutually beneficial development for the university and farm, thus the creation of Discovery Ridge began. In May 2006, the Board of Curators approved the Master Plan of the park, which designated 114 acres as the initial phase.

Since that approval, infrastructure within the first phase has been completed, including roads, utility services and improvements to the lake and drainage areas. After donating almost nine acres to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, an interchange and overpass connecting to U.S. Highway 63 has opened.

Why Missouri?

  • No. 1 in the U.S. for life sciences facility development
  • No. 3 in the nation for biopharmaceutical patents
  • Fourth most diversified economy in the U.S.
  • Fifth best state for doing business
  • 30% less expensive than the coasts
  • One in four doctorates in the state were in the field of bioscience
  • 8th-lowest cost of living in the U.S.

Find out more through the Discovery Ridge Brochure as well as through the Offices of Research and Economic Development in the University of Missouri System >>