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University of Iowa News Release

June 25, 2003

EDITORS NOTE: The following is a news release issued June 24 by Gov. Tom Vilsack's office and modified by University of Iowa News Services to update the time elements and move higher in the article the reference to the University of Iowa.

UI A Participant In Cooperative Agreement Between Iowa, India

The University of Iowa is among a number of Iowa organizations and businesses that will participate in a new cooperative arrangement struck Tuesday, June 24 between Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack and government officials from the state of Andhra Pradesh, India.

Vilsack signed a memorandum of cooperation with Andhra Pradesh while in Washington D.C. Tuesday. The governor was in Washington to attend the Biotechnology Industry Organization's annual meeting and to promote the Iowa Values Fund and the state's focus on the life sciences.

Andhra Pradesh is located in South India near the Bay of Bengal. It has a population of 76 million people. The area is home to a significant agricultural industry focused on fruit crops and rice. It is considered the "seed state" of India. Significant similarities exist with Iowa in terms of progressive farming methods, a focus on agricultural-related biotechnology and milk production. The state's capital, Hyderabad, is emerging as a high technology and biotech center.

The agreement calls for "the development of a sustaining, mutually beneficial relationship in biotechnology with special focus on academic research, development exchange, and cooperation." Several Iowa organizations and companies participated in Tuesday's signing ceremony and the agreement's implementation, including the University of Iowa and Integrated DNA Technologies of Coralville.

More than 23 sponsors represented Iowa companies, universities and communities at the meeting. Iowa is home to more than 200 life science companies that continue to advance the industry through high-tech applications of science, new discoveries and innovative products.

Vilsack was scheduled to discuss the Iowa Values Fund--and how it will transform the state's economy--during a news conference at 9 a.m. today in Room 159A at the BIO Conference.

SOURCE: Iowa Governor's Office

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