Stephen L. Trampe

Steve has been the Chairman of Sequoia Sciences since 2000. Sequoia has developed an unparalleled library of structurally diverse compounds isolated from plants. It has developed preclinical compounds for MRSA, Cystic Fibrosis, and a variety of cancer targets.

Steve Trampe is also the founder of Owen Development, an innovative real estate development company. Owen has developed over 20 new and historic projects including the historic rehab of the Centene Center for the Arts and the Continental Life Building involving various tax credit programs with a variety of private and public partners.

In the 1980s, Steve was involved as a principal in the acquisition of over 20 middle market companies with cumulative sales of over a billion dollars. These businesses were in various industries including video post production services, high-end appliance manufacturing, steel fabrication, retail, and distribution.

He has also been involved in the start-up of a number of companies, serving in the capacity of founder, principal, director, officer, and shareholder in various industries, including cosmetics, fish farming, manufacturing, medical diagnostics, retailing, drug discovery, and aerospace. Currently, he is a director of Edunn Biotechnology and Elemental Enzymes.

Steve is a founding member of the St. Louis Arch Angels which since 2006 has invested approximately $30 million in 30 start-up tech companies. He is also a founding member of the Venture Mentoring Service (Innovate VMS) modeled after the MIT program and Innovation Acceleration Program (IAP) a translational science initiative at Washington University.

Steve is Chairman of the St. Louis Building Arts Foundation, which has the largest collection of architectural artifacts in the United States. He is also Vice-Chairman of Opera America and has assisted in the development of an Opera Center in Midtown Manhattan.

Steve is a long-time member of Opera Theatre and is a past director and president of Circus Flora, a one-ring European Circus based in St. Louis. He has previously served on the boards of Craft Alliance, the St. Louis Film Festival, and the Arts and Education Council.