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UI startup Voxello wins grants totaling more than $1 million

University of Iowa spinout company Voxello, which develops technologies that allow hospitalized patients to overcome communication barriers, recently received three grants to help advance its research and development. Voxello received a $44,900 grant from the Philadelphia Pediatric Device Consortium (PPDC), a $1,006,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 2 award from the National...
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SynderBio wins pitch competition at MedTech Symposium

University of Iowa startup company SynderBio Inc. was the winner of a pitch competition held July 18 as part of the UI Ventures-sponsored Iowa Connect: Medical Technology Symposium. The half-day event focused on the challenges of developing university research-based medical products, providing talks and networking opportunities. The event included a panel discussion featuring business leaders and...
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Innovative medical device developed at UI receives FDA clearance

A medical device developed at the University of Iowa that assists impaired hospital patients communicate with health care providers recently received regulatory clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The device, called the noddle, was developed by UI Communication Sciences and Disorders Professor Emeritus Richard Hurtig, now Chief Scientific Officer of the parent company...
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Two UI-affiliated companies selected for Partnering for Growth’s Biotech Innovation Showcase

University of Iowa affiliated companies Behavioral Diagnostics and CartilaGen are two of a dozen emerging startup companies selected to compete at the Partnering for Growth’s Biotech Innovation Showcase on March 21 in Ankeny, Iowa. The companies selected represent a cross section of biotech industry including agricultural technology, human health, animal health and bio materials.

UI Research Foundation ready to take research from ‘benchtop to bedside’

The University of Iowa Foundation (UIRF) and UI Ventures are committed to helping faculty protect intellectual property and translate research into commercially viable licensing opportunities and startups. The two teams can help faculty understand and navigate the sometimes-challenging terrain of IP protection, whether this is their first experience in this area or they’re a seasoned pro. “IP...
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Okeoma wins 2016 Iowa Women of Innovation Award for Research Innovation and Leadership

Honored for her cutting-edge research fighting breast cancer and HIV, Chioma Okeoma, Assistant Professor of Microbiology, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, won the 2016 Research Innovation and Leadership Award at The Technology Association of Iowa’s 9th annual Des Moines Area Community College Iowa Women of Innovation Awards Nov. 9.

Thirteen UI faculty, staff, students receive 2016 Iowa Women of Innovation Awards

On Nov. 9, 13 University of Iowa leaders will be honored at The Technology Association of Iowa’s 9th annual Des Moines Area Community College Iowa Women of Innovation Awards in Des Moines. The awards recognize and celebrate Iowa women in business, government or academia who are leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Kristi Thiel, research scientist at the Carver...
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UI spin-out company Voxello approaches market launch

University of Iowa spin-out company Voxello is quickly clearing hurdles in its run to be the first medical device of its kind on the market. It recently received its ETL Listed Mark certification (proof that your product has been independently tested and meets the applicable published standard) for electrical and safety compliance testing on the noddle™, a medical device that allows patients with...

UI spin-out company Infondrian receives STTR Phase I funding

When it comes to cancer treatments, the line between therapeutic and fatal dosages of radiation is razor thin. Protocols are in place to prevent mistakes, but sometimes multiple wrong treatments can be given before an error is detected. University of Iowa spin-out company Infondrian has developed a software package called ChartAlert that it says can quickly catch errors before irreparable damage...

UI spinoff Immortagen completes Series A financing

Immortagen, Inc., a University of Iowa spinoff venture, announced it has completed its Series A equity financing. Led by John Pappajohn of Des Moines, Iowa, Immortagen has already hired its initial scientists and begun increasing its industry presence, while pushing forward with several product platforms. Launched in 2014 by UI researchers Donghai Dai, M.D., Ph.D., MS; Kristina Thiel, Ph.D.; Baoli...

iotaMotion nets NSF innovation grant, new executive chairman

Eric Timko, formerly of Blue Belt Technologies, has joined University of Iowa spinout company iotaMotion as executive chair, effective Sept. 1. The news comes on the heels of iotaMotion’s winning a highly competitive, $225,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research grant to further develop its implantable robotic-assistive surgical system for improving cochlear...

UI-spinout Viewpoint Molecular Targeting finalist in national university startup competition

Viewpoint Molecular Targeting recently received an invitation to present at the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2) University Startups Demo Day on Sept. 20 in Washington, D.C. Founded with the support of UI Ventures and housed in the University of Iowa Research Park's BioVentures Center, Viewpoint Molecular Targeting was one of 35 companies representing universities around...