Dennis Lower has been involved in technology-led economic development for the past fifteen years. Currently, he is President and CEO of the Center of Research, Technology and Entrepreneurial Exchange (CORTEX) in St. Louis, Missouri. CORTEX is an urban bioscience district founded by Washington University, Saint Louis University, the University of Missouri - St. Louis, BJC HealthCare System and the Missouri Botanical Garden. Collectively these institutions conduct over $600,000,000 of life science research annually. CORTEX seeks to leverage the region's university and life science industry research base to establish St. Louis as a nationally and internationally recognized biosciences hub. Prior to CORTEX, Mr. Lower was responsible for developing two urban research parks, serving as Vice President of Planning & Development for the Biomedical Research Foundation of NW Louisiana and Executive Director of University Heights Science Park in Newark, New Jersey.