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Why Illinois?

A Huge Market

Illinois is the United States' 5th largest and world’s 21st largest economy—a huge market for biotech products and services.


Illinois is:

  • A perennial U.S. leader in gross state product, headquarters of Fortune 500 companies, total manufacturing capital expenditures, high technology employment, patent production and foreign direct investment.
  • Home to a $9 billion crop business. A giant market for bio-seed products. Annually first or second in corn and soybean production, first in feed grain product exports and second in overall agricultural exports.

A political player

What happens in Springfield is important to major U.S and international companies. The Illinois delegation in Washington, DC, on both sides of the aisle, is among the most senior, well-placed and powerful of all the state delegations.

A bioscience powerhouse

Illinois delivers a broad range of products and services, including medicines, medical devices, nutritional products, food and agricultural applications, alternative fuels, industrials and environmental solutions.

A vital contributor to world problem solving

Illinois has a long history of technological breakthroughs in biotechnology, chemistry, physics, computing and communications. Illinois is home to more than 440 corporate R&D facilities and more than 200 academic, government and nonprofit research institutions.


Learn more about The Economic Engine of Biotechnology in Illinois.

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