Innovate Iowa is a grassroots initiative that unites health consumers, biopharmaceutical company employees and retirees, vendors, suppliers and other business, academic and community partners to demonstrate how these diverse groups work together to improve our health care system and strengthen both the national and Iowa economies.

Each and every one of us plays an important role in helping Americans gain and maintain access to life-saving medicines, fight chronic disease and lead longer, healthier lives. Our collective efforts contribute to the overall economic strength of Iowa and maintain its role as a leader for medical innovation.

The biopharmaceutical sector is the foundation of one of Iowa's most dynamic innovation and business ecosystems. Not only does the industry invest heavily in the research and development of new treatments and cures, it also generates high quality jobs, powers economic output and exports for the U.S. economy and sustains a very large-scale supply chain.


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Supporting High Quality Jobs in Iowa

The innovative biopharmaceutical sector directly supported 5,590 jobs in Iowa in 2017. These jobs are often high-skill, high-wage professions.

The industry also supported another 16,225 jobs indirectly, for a total of about 21,815 jobs across Iowa's economy. These additional jobs are with vendors and suppliers such as construction companies and I.T. companies, and jobs generated by the sector’s employees such as day care centers and restaurants.

Iowa workers whose jobs were supported by the biopharmaceutical sector paid a total of $285.8 million in personal taxes in 2017—$247.8 million in federal taxes and $38 million in state taxes.

Iowa's Economic Impact

In 2017, the biopharmaceutical sector supported $5.9 billion in economic output for the state of Iowa—including $3.2 billion generated directly by the sector, and another $2.6 billion through its vendors and suppliers and through the economic activity of its workforce.

Direct Output per Direct Employee in 2017

$3.2 Billion
$2.6 Billion
$5.9 Billion

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Avello Bioenergy

Feed Energy

Midwest Oilseeds



Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.


Iowa Biotechnology Association

MedCara Pharmaceuticals

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Biz/Economic Development

Greater Des Moines Partnership

Iowa Association of Business and Industry

Iowa Business Council

Iowa Department of Economic Development

Parkersburg Economic Development

Shelby County DevelopSource

Health Advocacy

American Cancer Society of Iowa

American Lung Association of Iowa

Arthritis Foundation Iowa Chapter

Community Health Charities of Iowa

Des Moines WomenHeart

Easter Seals of Iowa

Iowa Nurses Association

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Greater Iowa Chapter

Lupus Foundation of America, Iowa Chapter


Prevent Blindness Iowa

Academic Research

Des Moines Area Community College

Governor’s STEM Advisory Council

Iowa State University

Northeast Iowa Community College

University of Iowa


Bluestone Project Management

Global Reach

Image Solutions


Hy-Vee, Inc.

Kemin Industries

Meredith Corporation


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