Iowa State University, in cooperation with the City of Cedar Rapids, has released a report identifying new, emerging technologies that could be a starting point for increased economic activity, jobs and start-up companies in the city’s agricultural and bioprocessing industries.

The Cedar Rapids Food and Bioprocessors Manufacturing Report is an outcome of a partnership begun in 2015 between Iowa State and Cedar Rapids to explore opportunities for expanding the success of the region’s industries. The report assesses the impact of current bioprocessing activities in Cedar Rapids, including corn, oats and soybean processing; yeast and fermentation products manufacturing; and processed food manufacturing.

“This report lays the groundwork for new areas to explore in the city’s bioprocessing industries,” said Wendy Wintersteen, ISU president. “It’s a significant step in our collaboration, and we plan to explore these areas in depth in the future as part of our university-city partnership.”