Swine diseases and prevention

Grand Opening for BIVI Sioux Center Vaccine Facility

2011-08-30

US – Governor Terry E. Branstad travelled to Sioux Center last week to attend the grand opening for one of three Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) specialised vaccine research facilities.

The Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED) assisted in bringing this $17 million expansion project to Sioux Center, Ames and Fort Dodge with tax credits and a forgivable loan in the amount of $3.2 million.

“Assisting Iowa companies to expand their highly-specialized research facilities in Iowa is an essential part of our plan to create 200,000 new jobs over the next several years,” said Governor Branstad.

“This project adds innovative bioscience job opportunities that help further advance Iowa’s leadership in this critical area of the global economy.” The project will expand the company’s research capacity with the construction of three specialised vaccine research buildings and fully renovate existing research buildings. As a result of this project, 76 new jobs will be created and 517 jobs will be retained in Iowa.

“The New Research Facility means our Research and Development organization can conduct more studies for the prevention and control of important diseases of livestock and test if our ideas make a difference for the significant unmet medical needs in swine and cattle,” said Dr. Ed Robb, VP of Research and Development at BIVI.

“The information we gain from conducting studies in livestock helps set the direction and priority for our research. The facility also assures we have the best husbandry, animal care, record keeping and study designs which assures we can make good decisions about the efficacy and safety of the products under development.”