TEConomy Partners, a global research firm focusing on analysis and strategy for innovation-driven economic development, and the Biotechnology Innovation Organization have released the 10th biennial report on the economic footprint of the U.S. bioscience industry. The report breaks down the latest trends and information for the nation, states and metropolitan areas. According to the report, Iowa’s bioscience […]

Ames-based Genvax Technologies, a startup bringing advances in self-amplifying mRNA (saRNA) for animal vaccines, will move toward getting regulatory approval of its vaccines with $6.5 million in new series seed funding. According to a press release, the company is seeking U.S. Department of Agriculture and international approval “in anticipation of any foreign animal disease outbreak in order […]

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. […]

Bioconnect Iowa is debuting a new brand two years after shifting its mission toward the state’s biosciences, the organization formerly known as the Iowa Innovation Corp. announced this year. The change in name is just the start: Bioconnect Iowa partnered this year with Iowa State University’s Startup Factory and VentureNET Iowa to launch the Go-to-Market Accelerator in […]

EngeniousAg LLC, a participant in Iowa State University’s Startup Factory, has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) for $100,000 to develop low-cost, high-specificity nitrate sensors. The NIFA-funded project will allow EngeniousAg to improve the performance of their sensors and […]

Iowa State University researchers overcame the quirks of the soybean cyst nematode’s DNA to sequence its genome, paving the way for better management practices to combat the no. 1 pest that threatens Iowa soybeans, ISU announced on Friday. The research was recently published in the peer-reviewed journal BMC Genomics.

The Iowa Biotechnology Association has announced 12 new companies that will be showcased at the annual Partnering for Growth’s Biotech Innovation Showcase on April 30. The companies represent biotech sectors such as agricultural technology, human and animal health and biomaterials, IowaBio said in a statement. One company will be selected at the end of presentations […]

The Iowa Biotechnology Association and Cultivation Corridor will accept nominations for Iowa’s Biotech Leader award through March 15. The award, which honors leadership, innovation and advocacy, will be presented at IowaBio’s Partnering for Growth conference on April 30 at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny. A committee of biotechnology industry representatives will pick the winner. […]

IDx-DR, an artificial intelligence system that detects diabetic retinopathy, is expanding to new healthcare settings since the FDA first cleared the AI system to go to market in April 2018, startup IDx of Coralville reports. IDx-DR is now in use in clinics focusing on endocrinology, internal medicine, diabetes education, community health, diagnostics labs and diabetes […]