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An Emerging Leader

The University of Iowa has made the Iowa City metro area a center for medical breakthroughs. Its FDA-registered pharmaceutical manufacturing facility is the largest of its kind, and it makes drugs for research, and for commercial sale. Hundreds of millions of dollars in medical research happens every year in the Iowa City area in more than a million square feet of lab and prototyping space. A robust incubator infrastructure and support from state programs help faculty transfer their research into profitable enterprises. Spend five minutes with an entrepreneur at the University of Iowa Research Park—you’ll be amazed at what’s happening in Iowa.

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#1

largest university-affiliated FDA-registered pharmaceutical manufacturing facility

University of Iowa Pharmaceuticals
#1

state in size of average venture capital deal

State Science & Technology Institute
22.2%

drugs and pharmaceuticals employment growth from 2012 to 2014

BIO, 2016

Drugs and pharmaceutical Employment Gains and Losses (2012–2014)

Source: Biotechnology Innovation Organization, 2016

The state of Iowa supports R&D

Iowa is one of just a few states to offer a refundable R&D tax credit at 6.5%.

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