Washington University, BJC HealthCare and St. Louis Life Sciences Project have reportedly committed $30 million in research funding over the next five years to promote bioscience research in the region. The coalition, BioSTL, is headed by Donn Rubin, who said, “This commitment positions the region to capitalize on opportunities to create and attract enterprises and jobs in a significant high growth 21st century industry.” Most of the funds will apparently be dedicated to pre-seed and seed investments as well as associated support for startups. The initiative continues a decade of work by the Coalition for Plant and Life Sciences. See Washington University News Release, September 27, 2011.