Cutting-edge biomedical research is taking place across Missouri in world-renowned research hospitals and innovation districts such as the Cortex Innovation Community and the Missouri Innovation Center. Cerner, Centene, and Express Scripts are all companies synonymous with Missouri’s reputation in health services leadership and innovation. These companies, and others across the state, are remaking the health industry.
Missouri’s bioscience industry employs approximately 56,000 highly skilled individuals within more than 4,900 companies. Additionally, Missouri is home to some of the most prestigious hospitals, medical schools and health companies in the world. More than 40 Missouri colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degrees or higher in biological or biomedical sciences.
And did we mention innovation? Yes, we did, but we didn’t point out that our companies are transforming the healthcare industry and how it interacts with patients globally. We are the home of the world’s first virtual care center, driven by the real-world expertise of our healthcare industry.
This leadership in the health innovation sector has been on full display these past several months as companies and research centers across Missouri have been on the front lines of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. From Missouri being highlighted by Vice President Mike Pence after launching its partnership with Google to help health care providers connect with Missouri manufacturers and suppliers of personal protective equipment; to Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis announcing that it is launching a clinical trial to investigate the drug chloroquine to treat COVID-19; to Kansas City being chosen as the testing ground for an experimental coronavirus vaccine; Missouri is continuing to lead the way in health innovation.