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Des Moines to host BIO World Congress


It was announced today that Des Moines will host the 2019 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology.

The capital of Iowa will welcome the event, run by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, for the first time next July.

“BIO is extremely pleased to work with our state affiliate IowaBio and the Iowa Economic Development Authority to bring the annual BIO World Congress to Des Moines for the very first time. Iowa is a natural leader in the growing biobased economy – with a large number of biobased product manufacturers, as well as renewable chemical and biofuel producers – making it a great location for the world’s largest industrial biotechnology conference. The BIO World Congress draws delegations from around the world every year. With robust educational programming and partnering opportunities, this event provides industry executives and investors opportunities to connect and drive additional growth in the sector,” said Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section.

Innovators Magazine is a media partner with the World Congress, and with more than 1,200 bioscience businesses, Iowa is a good pick as a location for the biggest event for the global industry.

Joe Hrdlicka, executive director of the Iowa Biotechnology Association (IowaBio), added: “Iowa is home to a strong biotechnology sector, world-class universities and an unparalleled agriculture industry. We look forward to bringing business leaders, diplomats and researchers from around the world together to continue building the biobased economy.”

The 2019 edition of the Congress takes place from 8 to 11 July, 2019, while this year’s instalment is in Philadelphia, between 16-19 July, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Read the recent article published on these pages by Paul Winters, Director, Broadcast Media Services for (BIO), on what to expect this summer.

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