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5 reasons Missouri is right for bioscience

As a world leader in animal health and plant sciences, Missouri has become a principle contributor to the global bioscience industry.  The state’s nationally ranked universities and research centers provide the medical community with continuous advances in human health.  A stable business climate, paired with an accomplished science-based workforce, makes Missouri a top destination for bio companies from around the world.

1. Missouri's state of the art research centers, incubator facilities, and hospitals, along with ample funding resources, help bring discoveries from laboratory to market.

  • Washington University is home to some of the “hottest of the hot” scientific researchers on the planet according to a report from Science Watch.
  • Missouri is home to the Stowers Institute, one of the most innovative biomedical research centers in the world.
  • The University of Missouri at Columbia is home to the largest university-operated research reactor in the country (MURR).
  • Missouri's exceptional hospitals include Barnes Jewish in St. Louis.

2. Missouri has a first-rate workforce in the bioscience industry.

  • There are over 50,000 Missourians employed in over 3,500 bioscience-related firms (BLS, 2014).
  • 88.7% of Missouri's population has attained a high school diploma or higher, higher than the U.S. average (American Community Survey, 2013).
  • Over one million Missourians hold a Bachelor's degree or higher (American Community Survey, 2013).

3. Missouri's top-ranked educational institutions draw unparalleled talent.

  • The University of Missouri is one of only a few in the U.S. with schools of medicine, agriculture, and veterinary medicine on one campus.
  • The School of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis is continually ranked among the top in the country.
  • 40 Missouri high schools currently have Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical Sciences programs.

4. Missouri can get your product to market faster and cheaper.

  • Interstates 70, 64, 55, 44, 35, 25, and 49 crisscross the state, forming one of the largest U.S. road systems.
  • Missouri is home to two of the largest U.S. rail terminals, offering access to both East and West Coasts.
  • Missouri offers low-cost, year-round shipping to international markets via the Mississippi River.
  • Missouri has two airports offering international service in Kansas City and St. Louis.

5. Missouri has the right business environment for bioscience companies to thrive.

  • More than half of the $88 billion global animal health industry is represented in the Kansas City area (KC Animal Health Corridor).
  • The U.S. Cluster Mapping Project ranks Missouri 12th for employment in biopharmaceuticals.
  • Missouri is the hub for leading agricultural associations that have a vested interest in bioscience research, such as the National Corn Growers Association, the American Soybean Association, the American Angus Association, and the U.S. Animal Health Association.
  • The St. Louis area’s pet food companies generate more than $9 billion in revenue, and two of the industry’s biggest players—Mars Inc., which owns Royal Canin USA, and Nestle Purina—have a strong presence there.

Missouri plant science companies include:
BASF  (Palmyra and St. Joseph)
Bayer Cropscience (Kansas City)
Bunge (Hannibal, Louisiana, La Grange, Poplar Bluff, Portageville, St. Louis)
Dupont/Pioneer (Miami and New Madrid)
Monsanto (HQ St. Louis)

Missouri animal health companies include:
AFB International (HQ St. Charles)
Blue Buffalo (Joplin)
Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica (HQ St. Joseph)
Ceva Animal Health (St. Louis)
Manna Pro (HQ St. Louis)
Mars Petcare (Kansas City)
Nestle-Purina Petcare (St. Louis)
Novus International (St. Louis)

Missouri biomedical companies include:
ABC Laboratories (HQ Columbia)
Aptuit (Kansas City)
bioMerieux (St. Louis)
Cardinal Scale (HQ Joplin)
Gallus Biopharmaceuticals (HQ St. Louis)
EMD Millipore (St. Charles)
Euticals (Springfield)
Mallinkrodt (HQ St. Louis)
Pfizer (St. Louis)
Teva Pharmaceuticals (Mexico)

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