Morning Minutes: Centene’s Ferguson plans, MindMixer’s $17M raise

MindMixer raised $17 million in a Series C round, bringing its total raised to date to more than $23 million. | Courtesy of MindMixer
MindMixer relocated its headquarters to Kansas City earlier this summer and plans to expand its team there, thanks to a $17 million funding round. | Courtesy of MindMixer

Here are today’s top stories from across Missouri:

Centene picks Ferguson for new call center

Centene Corp., a managed care company based in Clayton, has decided to locate a new claims processing center in Ferguson that will provide up to 200 jobs.

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Nixon requests SBA loans for Ferguson businesses

Gov. Jay Nixon is asking the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide low-interest loans to businesses in the St. Louis area affected by the turmoil in Ferguson. “Businesses impacted by recent events in the Ferguson area are in need of assistance to help them recover,” Nixon said.

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Private capital group forms in Kansas City area

Kansas State University, Bicknell Family Holding Co. and the former CEO of MRIGlobal have founded a private capital development firm in Leawood, Kan., designed to aid research and business development in animal health, agriculture and food science. Michael Helmstetter, formerly of MRIGlobal, is chief executive of the new company, Technology Acceleration Partners LLC.

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KC Web startup MindMixer raises another $17 million for expansion

About three months after moving from Nebraska to Kansas City, MindMixer LLC announced today that it closed a multi-million funding round led by Dundee Venture Capital. The funding round also included Govtech Fund and other undisclosed investors. MindMixer, which created a web-based community engagement platform on which organizations interact with constituents, has now raised $23.2 million since its founding in 2011.

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Danforth hires new director of tech transfer

The Danforth Plant Science Center has appointed Erica Fishel, a biochemist and adviser to patent attorneys, to head its technology transfer program. Fishel will work on expanding technology licensing and intellectual property at Danforth by keeping track of research that could become patented and trying to bring new products to market.

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