Cedar Rapids is fertile ground for life sciences innovation

Cedar Rapids, Iowa’s medical infrastructure and academic and research institutions gives life sciences companies access to the resources and skilled workforce they need to achieve their goals. Our community’s resources are particularly well-suited for healthcare facilities, biotechnology firms, medical device manufacturing, healthcare IT companies, and senior care providers. No wonder Cedar Rapids ranks well above the national average (and other Iowa MSAs) on the Economic Development Administration’s Innovation Index.

The centerpiece of our life sciences community is the MedQuarter district, a catalyst for life sciences companies that connects the region with medical providers in a friendly, patient-centered environment that has helped to invigorate downtown Cedar Rapids.

Iowa’s only academic medical center, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, is located nearby, providing a steady source of highly trained medical professionals, along with the extraordinary quality of care associated with teaching hospitals. Local programs offered by Iowa State University and our area’s community colleges strengthen our workforce by delivering in-demand skills.