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Iowa To Host Premier Industrial Biotechnology Event In 2019

Monday, October 01, 2018

Iowa is the bioprocessing capital of the world.

This is a fact I recognized quickly when I assumed the role of Executive Director of the Iowa Biotechnology Association in 2014.

In my second month of work, I attended the Biotechnology Innovation Organization's (BIO) World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in Philadelphia. After enjoying a full three days of excellent content covering renewable biochemical production, green products and bioprocessing, I asked myself, "Why wouldn't Iowa host this event?"

More than 1,200 bioscience businesses currently operate in the state with positions that pay an average annual salary of $67,000-plus. Our state serves as a center of excellence in the three key industry sectors of food and agriculture; industrial and environment products; and human and animal health. As a Midwest state, Iowa's leadership is sometimes overlooked in this arena. We are known for our crops, but what many don't realize is that Iowa is the nation's second largest source of biomass and home to more than 50 bioprocessing facilities. All of the industry's bioprocessing leaders – ADM, Cargill, POET, DSM and more -- have significant "footprints" in our state.

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