KemPharm, a specialty pharmaceutical company based in Coralville, entered a new licensing agreement with an affiliate of Gurnet Point Capital (GPC), a private investment firm focused on the life sciences and medtech sectors, reports the Corridor Business Journal. The agreement provides GPC’s affiliate with an exclusive worldwide license to develop, manufacture and commercialize KemPharm’s product candidates […]

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture recently granted a three-year, $499,845 grant to a multidisciplinary team of Iowa State University scientists studying soybean stressors. The team, led by adjunct assistant professor of agronomy Arti Singh, is developing machine learning technology that could automate the ability of farmers to diagnose a […]

Since launching an annual venture capital contest in 2006, Des Moines entrepreneur and venture capitalist John Pappajohn has been “happy to be the giver of money” to support entrepreneurs in the state, Pappajohn told the small crowd on Drake University’s campus over lunch on Thursday. All 12 of the small businesses represented – finalists in […]

Veterans looking for an inroad to a technology career have a new group tailored to their needs.  Des Moines recruiters are launching a local chapter of VetsinTech, a national technology network for current and returning veterans. The monthly meetup sessions will focus on introducing veterans to education, entrepreneurship and employment in the technology industry. Nationally, VetsinTech was […]

The Global Insurance Accelerator will host 17 startups participating in the fifth annual InsurTech Week, scheduled for Oct. 14-18. The featured startups are: Bell Analytics, MakuSafe, Aerialytic, HazardHub, Relay, Talage, Avolanta, BOUND, Breathe Life, DeepVisionAI, EasySend, InDoW Technology Co., KASKO, Optimity, Protosure, Relativity6 and UDoTest. This year’s event schedule includes a Women in Insurance Coffee and Conversations session, […]

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Congressional App Challenge is now open to middle school and high school students to compete, the CAC announced. The competition is open to students in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District (Rep. Abby Finkenauer) and 3rd Congressional District (Rep. Cindy Axne), and each challenge is district-specific. Winning apps may be displayed in the […]

An Iowa software company selling data services to auto dealers has agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission after the FTC alleged the firm’s poor data security practices led to a breach exposing personal information of millions of auto dealer customers.  The FTC approved the settlement this week with LightYear Dealer Technologies LLC, […]

The FBI received 10 reports of ransomware attacks in Iowa in 2018, but experts think the problem is bigger than that, reports KCCI. Many are starting to treat cyber risks the same as the risk of a fire or storm damage, and choosing to purchase insurance. Travelers Insurance estimates fewer than 50% of businesses use […]