Jefferson City, MO – Business and government leaders took part in a conference in Jefferson City Tuesday to craft a strategy for developing Missouri's life sciences industry. Officials say that strategy involves building upon research institutions, creating more life sciences companies and attracting talented workers. The Battelle Memorial Institute is studying the state's life sciences industry. The institute's Walt Plosila says while lawmakers seem poised to support the industry over the long term, they also realize the state's immediate financial plight.
One study discussed at the conference finds that life sciences could generate more than $1-billion for Missouri's economy over 10 years.