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BIO World Congress Coming to DSM USA in 2019

August 30, 2018


More than 1,000 business leaders, investors and policy makers from around the world are set to descend to Greater Des Moines (DSM) for the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in July, 2019.

Big Win

Previous Congresses have seen attendees from more than 30 countries and nearly all U.S. states so it’s an honor and a real coup for DSM to have landed the event. But if you look at Iowa and its capital’s impact and influence on agriculture, it makes sense for us to host.

Iowa has established itself as a leader in the burgeoning bio economy and the 2019 BIO World Congress provides an incredible opportunity to share this success with the world. Among Midwestern states in academic bioscience research and development expenditures per capita, Iowa ranks number one. Iowa is home to the second-most acres of harvestable biomass in the nation. The Cultivation Corridor links DSM and Ames — home to one of America’s preeminent agricultural research institutions, Iowa State University — and reaches the strong industrial biosciences across the region. It’s  where industry leaders from around the globe come to support and sustain the science that feeds the world.

Greater DSM is an Industry Leader

Industry leaders like Corteva Agriscience, Kemin, and John Deere call DSM home. In addition, Iowa is home to industry leading brands in agricultural manufacturing, processing and animal science. It makes sense that we also lead in industrial biosciences as Iowa produces more than 25 percent of the total U.S. ethanol output and 17 percent of the total U.S biodiesel output.

It’s easy to see how Iowa has established itself as an industry leader.

Hosting the 2019 BIO World Congress means not only can we showcase the best of the state and region, it provides an outlet to meet and network with 1,000-plus global business leaders, investors and policy makers in our own back yard.

The 2019 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology will be held July 8 – 11, 2019, and will help us continue to drive industry growth both regionally, domestically and globally. Iowa, and DSM, has established a reputation as a leader in industrial biotechnology. The World Congress is our chance to show this to the world. That’s a pretty big deal and we can’t wait!

Greater Des Moines (DSM) has one of the best business climates in the country. The region is nationally recognized for having a talented and educated workforce, a cost of doing business 17 percent below the national average, a low cost of living and an exceptional quality of life.

Billi Hunt

Billi Hunt leads as the Cultivation Corridor's executive director, a position she took on in February 2018. She brings a broad range of skills to the Corridor's team with more than 20 years of experience in the industry. An Iowa native, Hunt received her Bachelor of Science from Iowa State University and attended Drake University to receive her Master of Public Administration. She lives in Greater Des Moines (DSM) with her family. As executive director, Hunt's goals are to grow the Cultivation Corridor brand and expand the industry. She aspires to promote Iowa's great assets in the industry, including our businesses, institutions and people.