President Joe Biden signed an executive order Sept. 12 to launch the National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative, which will put more federal funding into the biotechnology industry. The executive order coincided with Biden’s speech announcing a long-term goal to reduce cancer deaths and pursue cures or preventative treatments.  A release announcing the executive order said, “By responsibly harnessing […]

The Community Broadband Action Network announced Wednesday that it has received a grant of more than $380,000 through the National Digital Inclusion Alliance, which will establish a Digital Navigator Corps program in Iowa. The grant is part of a $10 million investment from Google, which is establishing a national Digital Navigator Corps. The national initiative includes the […]

The Department of Management Office of the Chief Information Officer has announced expanded scalable security services for educational institutions and nonprofit organizations in Iowa. According to a news release, schools, school districts and nonprofits now have access to a lower cost of $8.24 per month, per device, which makes accessing the state’s cybersecurity services easier. […]

The Arkansas-based “think and do” tank Heartland Forward announced it has received a Rebuilding Better grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to support entrepreneurship in the heartland region. According to a news release, Heartland Forward will use the grant to develop resources for mayors and community leaders in midsized cities to understand how to […]

The Iowa Economic Development Authority at its Friday meeting awarded Cedar Rapids-based nonprofit NewBoCo a $100,000 grant through the Entrepreneurial Investment Awards Program. NewBoCo will use the grant to launch its Community Partners Pilot Program in Mason City and Mount Pleasant, which will work to fill gaps in the local entrepreneurial environment by combining NewBoCo programming […]

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 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 […]

President Joe Biden announced Monday the commitment of 20 internet service providers to provide discounted internet to low-income households under the Affordable Connectivity Program, which passed as part of the infrastructure package, the Associated Press reported. The program creates $30 monthly subsidies for low-income households and $75 per month for tribal areas to pay for internet […]

Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Education announced Wednesday more than $500,000 in awards from the Computer Science Professional Development Incentive Fund to train K-12 teachers in public and private schools to teach computer science. The fund was established in 2017 to pay for teachers’ training to teach specific computer science courses or earning […]