According to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D), the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition and iBIO, a state-based life-sciences industry association, have entered a memorandum of understanding with the Shanghai Bio Pharmaceutics Association. Speaking during an economic and business trade mission in China, Quinn said, “Illinois and China are each leading global sources for biotechnology, life sciences and medical innovation. This agreement provides a framework for Illinois and China to enhance business and education partnerships and collaborate on the scientific breakthroughs that will accelerate company growth and foster the creation of jobs.”

The governor’s office has indicated that academic research expenditures in bioscience disciplines reached $1.3 billion in the state in 2008, and some 58,000 workers are directly employed in that sector by more than 2,000 biotech establishments. Six of the top 20 pharmaceutical and life sciences companies apparently maintain their North American headquarters in Illinois. See Gov. Quinn Press Release, September 22, 2011.