Jordan Kaufmann
The University of Iowa Office of Research and Economic Development has doubled the number of full-time staff working to help research faculty and staff take applications of their research into the marketplace.

Jordan Kaufmann, co-founder of a company that develops vascular repair technology, has been named Director of Startups and will work alongside fellow Director Paul Dymerski.

UI Ventures, part of the Office of Research and Economic Development, assists entrepreneurial faculty, postdocs and graduate students in creating startups based on their research. UI Ventures facilitates access to mentors, capital, management and other critical resources startups need to grow. More information is available at

“We are extremely fortunate to have someone who has founded her own biomedical startup based on her thesis research, raised capital, and written business plans and Small Business Innovation Research grants at UI Ventures,” David Conrad, Assistant Vice President for Economic Development, said. “The lessons one learns firsthand as an entrepreneur are invaluable for helping others pursue similar goals.”  

At her startup, Cardiovate, where she is chief technology officer, Kaufmann has led the development of manufacturing equipment, prototype fabrication, in vitro testing, and pre-clinical studies. Cardiovate is located in the UI Research Park.

“I look forward to working with the outstanding researchers here at the university,” Kaufmann said. “By supporting their entrepreneurial endeavors, we can not only bring their research to the people who need it, but also support our local economy.”

Kaufmann is an early-career investigator and in 2012 won a University of Texas system investment competition, which awarded Cardiovate a $50,000 early stage investment and allowed the company to launch. She has also won a business pitch competition at an Emerging Medical Technology symposium at the InnoTech, an annual conference and exhibition built specifically for business and technology executives.

Prior to Cardiovate, she worked as a Biomedical Engineer for the start-up company Speer Medical Devices (later Aegeria), contributing to the setup of a quality system, 510(k) application, and pre-clinical trial.

­­She holds a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio in conjunction with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She also has a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering with a concentration in biomaterials from North Carolina State University.

The Office of Research and Economic Development provides resources and support to researchers and scholars at the University of Iowa and to businesses across Iowa with the goal of forging new frontiers of discovery and innovation and promoting a culture of creativity that benefits the campus, the state, and the world. More at, and on Twitter: @DaretoDiscover.