Dental device could light the way to better root canal treatments

A root canal can be challenging under the best of circumstances, for the patient and the dentist. While the patient may be happily oblivious to the experience thanks to the miracle of modern-day anesthetics, the endodontist faces twin challenges while rooting around in your mouth: thoroughly and quickly cleaning and disinfecting the area being treated, and promoting rapid healing. A new instrument...

Howard named UI’s first-ever National Academy of Inventors fellow

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has named University of Iowa neurosurgeon and entrepreneur Matthew Howard, M.D., a 2018 fellow. Howard, who is the John C. VanGilder Chair in Neurosurgery and head of the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine’s Department of Neurosurgery, will receive the award during an induction ceremony at Space Center Houston in Texas on April 11. He is the...

MERGE and protostudios open their doors to Iowa’s entrepreneurs in downtown Iowa City

University of Iowa Office of Research and Economic Development (OVPR&ED), the City of Iowa City, the Iowa City Area Development Group (ICAD), and the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center are hosting a grand opening for MERGE and protostudios on June 15 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. The new collaboration space for entrepreneurs is housed at 136 S. Dubuque Street on the pedestrian mall in downtown Iowa...

Chuck Romans creates connections as MERGE engineering coordinator

As MERGE prepares for its opening this fall, Chuck Romans is busy assisting grant proposals, researching and purchasing equipment, establishing training programs, and refining the design of the space. Romans started as the new engineering coordinator for MERGE in January.
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The hunt for heart surgery’s 'holy grail' leads entrepreneur to Iowa

Cardiac surgeons perform upwards of 1 million heart bypass procedures worldwide a year, each requiring on average 2.5 grafts using veins surgically removed from patients’ legs. Although the method has been successful, retrieving healthy veins from legs presents risks and complications on top of those related to the heart surgery. These include potential infections, painful recoveries, and—often...