Jessica Hyland, executive director of the Iowa Biotechnology Association, or IowaBio, recently sat down with me to share about the association’s priorities and its new STEM committee and future leaders fund and what’s new in the biotech industry. Below, she answers our innovationIOWA Leader Q&A. What does innovation mean to you?I would define innovation as game-changing. […]

Mazen, an animal health company developing oral vaccines administered through animal feed, announced the closing of its Series A funding round, in which it raised $11.2 million. According to a release, Mazen’s technology eliminates issues associated with injectable vaccines like higher costs and the need for labor. “Our investors are seeing the tremendous potential of the technology […]

The Global Insurance Accelerator has announced Dan Israel will be its next managing director. Israel’s most recent role was as director – enterprise strategy and innovation at Principal Financial Group, which is an investor in the GIA. “I’ve been able to see firsthand the positive impact the GIA has both on the cohort firms, which it helps to […]

The Iowa Biotechnology Association announced Wednesday it has received a $10,000 grant for its Future Biotech Leaders Fund from Agilent Technologies. The fund launched in 2021 to advance the association’s STEM efforts, and is managed by the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines. Agilent’s grant will support scholarships, stipends, programming and competitions related to STEM education. Through […]

A team from DMACC is one of 12 finalists in the Community College Innovation Challenge, sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges and the National Science Foundation. The national competition has community college students use STEM skills to develop solutions to real-world problems. As finalists, DMACC Boone campus students Michaela Beck and Allison Arnold […]

Global ingredient manufacturer Kemin Industries announced Wednesday it has recently launched KeminConnect, a cloud-based data management platform that connects Kemin’s liquid application systems with its internet of things (IoT) tool. According to a release, the platform is leading the company’s digitization efforts in its services for its animal nutrition and health, rendering and pet food markets. It “improves […]

OpenLoop, a Des Moines-based provider of white label telehealth services, announced Tuesday its physicians are covered by more than 90% of nationwide insurance payers. “OpenLoop’s in-network clinicians can now serve patients covered by over 600 payers including Medicare, Medicaid and every major private insurer,” CEO and co-founder Dr. Jon Lensing said in a release. According […]

Superstorm Restoration prepares for nationwide launch of end-to-end platform for contractors Comparing storm pictures and damage with neighbors and co-workers after weather strikes is a frequent occurrence among Iowans, but sometimes Iowa’s weather events demand more intervention. Iowa-based roofing and exteriors contractor Superstorm Restoration has been making strides with technologies to simplify the evaluation and repair process for […]

Heartland Forward, a nonprofit Arkansas-based think tank that looks at technology, entrepreneurship and economic development in states in and around the Midwest, has published a report evaluating research universities nationwide and which ones are “most proficient at creating new knowledge; embedding it in their STEM graduates; and transferring both to new and existing enterprises.” The […]