Iowa joins the fray — Battelle helps out

At 7 percent of employment, Iowa’s bioscience sector is already bigger than the national average of 5.6 of the workforce. Hoping to achieve the report’s prediction of 16,000 new jobs in the bioscience field, the state of Iowa is reviewing the report they asked technology research group Battelle to create on building bioscience muscle.

Recommendations include having the state invest $300 million, increasing support for commercialization efforts, selling bonds of about $175 million over ten years for recruiting faculty, supporting research and funding new technology.