Story excerpt provided by Nature.
Written by Cameron Walker.
For generations, Ohio’s economy has been centered around industrial manufacturing and agriculture, thanks in large part to a location on the western side of the historically factory-rich region of the United States and the eastern reaches of the vast fields of the corn belt. But in the past decade, this Midwestern state has begun to transform itself into a manufacturing hub of a different kind. A US$2-billion infusion of state funding to develop the state’s technology economy, along with a cluster of research institutions and a steady proliferation of start-ups, have resulted in an outpouring of research and tangible goods in an array of sectors from pharmaceuticals and agriculture to medical testing and devices.
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Originally published October 29, 2014.