Iowa BioDevelopment

Iowa BioDevelopment (IBD), a research and training arm of Regional Economic Advancement, focuses on agricultural bioprocessing, biofuels, and bioprocess laboratory technologies. IBD provides high quality training and support services for these business sectors and contributes to economic growth through workforce development, offering the following services.


Iowa BioDevelopment provides high quality training for existing employees of bioprocessing, biofuel, and value-added agricultural companies. Although we provide standardized training courses, our expertise is in developing custom training for businesses based on their individual needs, schedules, and specific applications.
Training Options

Outreach and Education

Iowa BioDevelopment has educational outreach programs for K–12 students, teachers (secondary and post-secondary), and the public on biotechnology, biofuels, and bioprocessing technologies, principles, and career opportunities. Recruiting, educating, and training a skilled workforce is key to long–term economic development in these business sectors. We accomplish this with activities and programs that spark student interest and imagination and that provide educational tools for teachers.
Outreach Activities and Opportunites

Technical Assistance

Iowa BioDevelopment supports start–up and emerging companies in the bioprocessing, biofuel, and value–added agricultural business sectors. Technical assistance may include preliminary research for new product development or consultations to help design research, conduct investigations, or develop new products.
Technical Assistance Program

Iowa Bioprocess Training Center

The Iowa Bioprocess Training Center (IBTC) is a 13,000 sq. ft. facility designed specifically to serve bioprocessing industries through training, technical assistance, and workforce development. It was built in 2002 via partnerships with both public and private entities.

The Iowa Bioprocess Training Center is located in the Iowa Bioprocessing Center (IBC) in Eddyville, Iowa. The IBC consists four international companies representing and investing more than $1.5 billion. A Cargill corn milling plant serves as the hub of this complex where companies cluster together to transform the by–products of corn into a variety of consumer products through high–tech biomanufacturing processes.
Facilities and Equipment | Map and Directions

Certification Program

The Biofuel Technician Certification Program is a three-track, online program that allows you to start at any time that fits your schedule and to study at your own pace. (Note: Approximately three months allowed for completion of all three tracks.) Each course has a unit test that ensures content comprehension before advancing the student to the next unit. Upon completion of all three tracks (equaling 31 contact hours), and a final examination grade of 70% or better, you will receive three Continuing Education Units (CEU) and a Certificate of Completion from Indian Hills Community College. Biofuel Technician Certification Program

Current Grant Funded Initiatives

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Iowa Bioprocess Training Center
17601 Monroe–Wapello Road
Eddyville, IA 52553


Kimberly Dreaden, Program Director
phone: (641) 683-5111, ext. 1982 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 1982

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