Two tenants, Achor Anaerobic and BMA Software, have moved into IT Enterprises, the biotechnology and information technology business incubator at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Both companies bring important science and technology to St. Louis.

Achor Anaerobic is known for its ‘Achorlytic™’ process, which uses biotechnological intervention to accelerate and amplify the methane output of anaerobic digestion to previously unmatched levels. It will be using its new facility to further its research capability and to provide a secure base for cooperation with UMSL and provide a technical service center for U.S. clients and beyond.

“Our initial introduction was through the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UMSL and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their assistance and look forward to a long and fruitful collaboration,” said Chris Barry, science leader at Achor Anaerobic.

The company emerged from a longstanding research base in the United Kingdom, where it has achieved an unusual collaboration in basic research with leading institutions in its field, followed by commercial development. Achor Anaerobic is a completely freestanding U.S. company looking to establish strong collaborative relationships and add capability to academic departments by its involvement.

“We welcome Achor to IT Enterprises. At ITe, Achor not only has access to a brand new laboratory facility, a scientific computing infrastructure and great teams of other scientists working in tenant companies, they are also in close proximity to our scientists on campus. This will significantly enhance their work and will leverage the work of our scientists,” said Nasser Arshadi, vice provost of research at UMSL.

BMA is a certified Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains partner specializing in wholesale durable goods distribution. The company has developed a specialized order management platform that allows customers to manage complex pricing and logistics. It provides customers with a complete resource management and accounting system.

IT Enterprise Director of Scientific and Computing Services William Lemon said UMSL is happy to play a role in helping BMA develop and thrive in the St. Louis region through mentoring contacts and business development activities.

“Our goal is to help companies like BMA to get off the ground and then as they grow provide a smooth hand-off of their data center services to larger providers in the region,” he said.

BMA offers CloudGP, a monthly subscription service that includes Microsoft Dynamics GP Advanced Management, BMA software and reporting services. Their customers get a system that is professionally managed, which includes nightly and weekly back-ups, uninterruptible power and advanced security.

Dan McGinnis, director of operations at BMA, said the company was impressed with ITe’s professional environment.

“Our strategic move into the cloud application space requires a significant level of investment. IT Enterprises offers a compelling value that will help our customers receive outstanding service levels at a reasonable price point. We look forward to growing our business with ITe,” McGinnis said.

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Kylie Shafferkoetter

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