IDx Technologies founder and CEO Michael Abramoff is succeeding Gary Seamans as executive chairman as the Coralville-based medical company announced new leadership appointments across its executive leadership team. Other appointments include John Bertrand succeeding Abramoff as CEO; Seth Rainford being appointed president and COO; and Danika Simonson being hired in the newly created chief of staff position. […]

Cedar Rapids-based Mortuary Lift has won second place in the National Funeral Directors Association’s annual Innovation Awards for its lightweight stair climbing system known as “the Stepper,” reports the Corridor Business Journal. The NFDA’s Innovation Awards recognize outstanding funeral service equipment, products and processes introduced commercially during the prior year. The Stepper promises to ease the […]

At the Technology Association of Iowa’s Catalysts Live presentation on Thursday, seven Iowans challenged the audience to continue forward.  2019 is the second year TAI has released its Catalysts interviews, which are published in full at catalystsiowa.com. This year’s honorees are recognized for promoting underrepresented groups in Iowa’s technology industries with policies and advocacy to build […]

The National Academy of Inventors is adding Iowa State University researchers Balaji Narasimhan and Guru Rao to its roster of academy fellows, ISU announced this week. Narasimhan is the director of ISU’s Nanovaccine Institute, and Rao is an associate vice president for research with focus in engineering proteins for nutritional enhancement of crops. Narasimhan and […]

FarmlandFinder, an Ames startup supporting farmland sales for buyers and sellers, raised $3 million in a seed funding round led by Cultivian Sandbox, with participation from Iowa Farm Bureau’s Rural Vitality Fund and Next Level Ventures. FarmlandFinder will use the funding to expand staff, founder and CEO Steven Brockshus said in a statement.

Each year the Business Record gets the pulse on key issues affecting the region’s business community from our audience. Back in October we reached out, and Des Moines leaders delivered. Catch a glimpse of what people thought about artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles in Des Moines and cybersecurity below, and look for the Business Record’s annual […]

The Iowa Economic Development Board awarded an $100,000 loan from the Demonstration Fund to INSEER Inc., an Iowa City startup which develops software to prevent, predict and mitigate workplace injuries using computer vision and deep machine learning. The loan will go toward intellectual property development and evaluation, product refinement, key personnel and equipment, the IEDA […]

The Iowa Innovation Challenge awarded $81,000 to 65 businesses launched by University of Iowa faculty, staff, students and incubator startups during the inaugural elevator pitch competition, UI announced this week. The Iowa Innovation Challenge is a new partnership between the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC), the Office of the Vice President for Research, the […]