Bio Nebraska announced today that Governor Pete Ricketts officially proclaimed the month of October as Bioscience Month in Nebraska.
Bioscience Month recognizes Nebraska’s diverse bio-ecosystem comprising the human and animal health sectors, renewable fuels, industrial biotech, agricultural processing, and education research, all of which are critical to the state’s economy and competitiveness in the global market.
“Nebraska is fast becoming a national leader in the biosciences,” said Gov. Ricketts. “Our abundant agricultural feedstocks are spurring growth in bioprocessing. Our university system’s commitment to biotech research is sparking innovative breakthroughs. And the State’s strategic investments through the Bioscience Innovation Act have helped launch award-winning startups. I invite bioscience companies looking for a home to consider putting down roots here in the Cornhusker State.”
According to Biotechnology Innovation Organization’s (BIO) report, the bioscience industry in Nebraska plays a significant economic role in the state. In Nebraska:
- Nearly 18,000 jobs across 1,300 establishments are supported by the industry
- The average annual salary in the industry is approximately $70,000
- Research universities conducted $374 million in bioscience related R&D in 2018, which is 75% of all academic R&D in the state
“At Bio Nebraska, we are proud to represent over 100 bio-related member organizations whose work is at the forefront of innovation and development in the biosciences worldwide, while creating opportunities for economic development and growth across the state,” said Rob Owen, Bio Nebraska Executive Director. “We are grateful to Gov. Ricketts for recognizing the importance of Nebraska’s biosciences by proclaiming October as Bioscience Month.”
To celebrate Bioscience Month, Bio Nebraska will host their 2022 Annual Meeting on Oct. 20, 2022, at The Pella in Omaha, Nebraska. The event will include Governor Pete Ricketts’ presentation of the Governor’s Bioscience Award. Bio Nebraska’s celebration of Bioscience Month can be followed here and on their LinkedIn and Twitter.