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 […]

Meg Anderson, vice president and chief information officer at Principal Financial Group, speaks at TAI’s Catalysts Live event on Dec. 4. Photo provided by TAI Des Moines met the stories of ten women shaping their industries on Tuesday. At the Technology Association of Iowa’s reception of the Catalysts project’s first year, attendees gathered in the […]

A newly-formed student club at the University of Iowa has raised nearly $3,000 to support creating 3D-printed prosthetics for children, reports the Daily Iowan. 3D Iowa is already building a prosthetic hand for a 1-year-old from San Antonio, and has partnered with the national organization eNable to connect with more kids who need a cheaper […]

Parasitic worms pose a major global health threat to humans and animals, but a major study that sequenced the genomes of scores of worms could lead to new and more efficient ways to treat illness, reports Iowa State University. ISU Professor of biomedical sciences Tim Day co-authored the study recently published in Nature Genetics. An […]

The Iowa Innovation Corp. has hired Jim Register as president and CEO to lead IICorp as the entity transitions into a new Iowa biosciences development center, reports the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Register will bring together partners from research institutions, global companies, entrepreneurs, investors and government to accelerate growth in the bioscience industries in Iowa, the […]