BIO World Congress Coming to Des Moines; Tour Coming to Eddyville
Tuesday, June 04, 2019
For the first time in history, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) is bringing its World Congress to Iowa. Des Moines will be hosting the BIO event, which annually attracts about 1,000 industry executives, investors, policy makers and academics from around the globe for educational sessions, vendor pavilion and popular one-on-one partnering. Iowa is looking forward to showcasing its industrial biotechnology infrastructure and innovation and welcoming attendees to U.S. News & World Report's No. 1 state.
Scheduled for July 8-11, this unique forum is for business executives, government officials, academic researchers and end users to share the latest advances in industrial chemicals and products, food ingredients, advanced biofuels and biorefinery platforms, synthetic biology, agricultural technologies, crop production and more. And its a BIG DEAL.
"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" said former Executive Director of the Iowa Biotechnology Association Joe Hrdlicka.
In Eddyville, Cargill, Wacker Chemical, Ajinomoto Animal Nutrition and Ajinomoto Health & Nutrition, plus soon-to-be opened Eddyville Chlor-Alkali, all are examples of how bio processing works. Products produced at the facility include corn sweeteners, corn syrup, corn oil, ethanol, corn gluten meal, naturally-sourced vitamin E, feed grade Lysine, hydrochloric acid,and so much more. The value of these facilities alone is more than $1.6 billion in capital investment.
That's why Eddyville was chosen as the only off-site tour during the upcoming BIO event. The complex, along with assistance from Indian Hills Regional Development (including OEDC), and Iowa Economic Development Authority, are hosting a full day tour, lunch provided by the Mahaska County Cattlemen's Association, equipment displays from Vermeer and John Deere, and of course product displays from the complex manufacturers.