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Missouri Targets Life Sciences Industry to Boost Economic Development

April 07, 2000

In a recently issued Executive Order, Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan officially named the life sciences industry as one of the state’s lead industries for promoting economic development. The order requires all executive branch departments to review their programs and evaluate each program’s impact on the life sciences industry for purposes of economic growth. The Department of Economic Development must prepare a report based upon these reviews that is due to the Governor by May 1, 2000.

The order also created an interagency task force to increase interagency support of the life sciences industry. The task force is chaired by the Department of Economic Development and also includes members from the following departments: Education, Higher Education, Conservation, Natural Resources, Health, and others that can potentially promote the industry in Missouri. Home to more than 100 life sciences companies, Missouri currently ranks in the top one-third of states in the number of resident life sciences businesses.

In an additional effort to promote the life sciences, 20 percent of the state’s tobacco settlement funds are earmarked for health sciences research. For more information, please visit: http://www.lifescigate.org