The Eastern Iowa Biotech Spotlight Tour featured different companies around the state on Wednesday.

The tour started in Cedar Rapids then moved to Coralville.

Participants saw companies such as Dupont, Heinz, and Cargill along with numerous others.

People were given a tour of the State Hygienics Lab in the University of Iowa Research Park. Researchers from Iowa State and University of Iowa also talked about advances in the biotech industries.

The Iowa Biotechnology Association says the tour does more than just help people learn about the different fields. "We want some relationships," said Executive Director Joe Hrdlicka. "We host this as a networking form to a degree. If people can take away a relationship where they might do some business with one another then that's a good takeaway we want people to have as well."

The biotech association plans to have more events like this in the future.