As presidential candidates campaign on addressing most pressing challenges of the society, biotech innovators wrapped up 4 days of showcasing the scientific solutions to pollution, energy security, climate change, and hunger.
Biotechnology advances such as biofuels which are used for the reduction of carbon emissions, biodegradable plastics which are made from plants, or gene-edited plants which reduce the impact of agriculture on the environment the main focus of Des Moines at an annual event hosted by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization.
With the 2019 BIO World Congress being hosted in America’s hub, attendance at this year’s event increased by 15 percent as compared with that from 2018. Almost 1000 C-suite executives, government officials & leaders from across the world came to Iowa. The event was the highest attended BIO World Congress held in the US in the past five years.
The President of Biotechnology Innovation Organization Membership and Business Operations Joanne Duncan stated that hosting this year’s congress in America was truly transformative in the advancement of industrial biotech and agriculture-tech sectors.
“Hosting the 2019 BIO World Congress in America’s cultivation corridor was truly transformative in advancing the industrial biotech and agtech sectors. As a top producer of soybeans, corn, and biomass, Iowa is the most suitable location to convene those working to transform today’s ideas into tomorrow’s revolutions. The BIO World Congress once again evidenced to be the best event to collaborate with biotech start-ups, entrepreneurs, and innovators.”
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds welcomed the attendees of the world’s greatest event on industrial biotechnology and agtech and stated that Iowa is an epicenter of innovation and biotechnology growth.
The global presence at the event was driven by delegations from countries across the globe inclusive of Australia, Germany Belgium, France, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, Canada, and the UK. In addition to this, leaders from across the Midwest represented 35% of total attendance at the event.