Chinese Biotech Firm Opens Iowa Office

Origin ArtiTech is a Chinese germplasm and biotechnology-focused crop seed provider that has established a North American headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa.

This move represents a key step in a series of strategic actions to position Origin as a leading global foundation biotech and seed development company. Over the past six months, the company has also expanded partnerships on biotech traits globally and established a new leadership team.

Origin’s CEO Bill Niebur, CFO Shashank Aurora and team members will office at the Des Moines location.

Key biotech and seed breeding operations will continue to be based in China, including the plant breeding and biotech research and development center, the Xinjiang Originbo seed company and the critical off-season winter nursery in Hainan. Chief Technology Officer Jihong Liang will oversee operations in China from Beijing.

Advertisements

Apply Today: DuPont Pioneer innovationIOWA LEADER of the Year Award

Submit your application for the Business Record’s third annual DuPont Pioneer innovationIOWA LEADER of the Year award. Past recipients include Harrisvaccines, Inc. and NewLink Genetics. The award recognizes an individual or organization for their originality, leadership, and impact on their company, state and local economy, and/or the general public through innovative concepts, processes, and/or products. Submit your application by emailing JasonSwanson@bpcdm.com 

Judging is based on the following:

  1. Originality of the innovation(s):  Is this a completely new concept/idea/process or the re-imagining of an existing one? Was it developed independently or in cooperation with others?
  2. Impact of the innovation(s):  Did this innovation meet an unmet need? How has it affected a specific industry and/or the public at large? If internal, what impact has it had on the processes and efficiencies of your organization?
  3. Commercial impact of the innovation(s):  Has the innovation gone to market? What financial evidence or market acceptance information does the innovation have to support new value for the end user? What is the quantifiable evidence of success?
  4. Culture of innovation:  Does the individual or company promote an atmosphere conducive to innovation? Have they consistently been a leader in their field when it comes to innovation?

The winner will be announced at the fourth annual innovationIOWA Magazine Launch Party presented by Iowa State University Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations and the College of Business on April 5th, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00pm at the Iowa State University Economic Development Core Facility, 1805 Collaboration Place, Ames. There is NO RSVP is required and no charge to attend. Light food and coolants are provided. Don’t miss this incredible networking event where statewide key stakeholders mix and mingle. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information email KatherineHarrington@bpcdm.com or call her cell at 515-689-4447. 

2017 innovationIOWA Magazine Sponsors:

Presenting: Iowa State University Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations and the College of Business

Co-Sponsors: Danfoss, Zarley Law

Chapter Sponsors: John Deere, Kemin, Eurofins, Alliant Energy, Kent Corporation

2016 Launch Party Leaders In Attendance Included:
Kirk Bjorland
Iowa Innovation Corporation

Matt Busick
River Glen Private Capital

Jay Byers
Greater Des Moines Partnership

Michael Crum
Iowa State University

Dan Culhane
Ames Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development

Debi Durham
Iowa Economic Development Authority

Katherine Harrington
Business Record

Joe Hrdlicka
Iowa Biotech Association

Craig Ibsen
NextLevel Ventures

Kathryn Kunert
MidAmerican Energy

Steven Leath
Iowa State University

Anthony Paustian
DMACC

Mark Petri
Iowa Energy Center

Bob Riley
Feed Energy

Paul Schickler
DuPont Pioneer

David Spalding
Iowa State University

Steve Sukup
Sukup Manufacturing

Brian Waller
Technology Association of Iowa

Jeff Weld
Governor’s STEM Advisory Council

Brent Willett
Cultivation Corridor

Tim Zarley
Zarley Law

Doug Hundt
Vermeer

Matt Rizai
Workiva

… and many more!

IowaBio Legal Symposium Nov 10 & Nov 17

Iowa Biotech Association (IowaBio) invites you and your colleagues to attend the next Legal Symposium focused on Regulatory, IP, & Tas issues faced by biotech companies today.  This event will be held twice at two separate locations across the state for your convenience.

November 10, 2016 

Drake University Law School 2621 Carpenter Ave. Des Moines, IA 50311

November 17, 2016 

State Hygenic Laboratory 2490 Crosspark Rd. Coralville, IA 52241

Agenda:

8:30 – 11:15 – Morning Presentations

12:05 – Lunch

12:45 – 3:20 – Afternoon Presentations

Topics

Navigating Trade Secrets, Licensing is a Team Sport, Iowa Tax Credit and Incentive Programs for Biotech Companies, Legal Implications On the Internet of Things and Big Data Strategies, GMO Labeling Compliance In A Post-Vermont World, Alternative Approaches for Protecting Intellectual Property, How has the America Act Invents Act Changed Patent Policy

Both event dates have been approved for 5.75 credit hours of CLE and will feature several of IowaBio’s member law firms who are top experts in the field. To attend this event, please visit www.iowabio.org/legalsymposium and register one week prior to the event date.  If you have any immediate questions, please contact us atinfo@iowabio.org or 515-327-9156.

ISU StartUp Factory companies hit $2M milestone

From The Business Record Daily PM Oct 14, 2017
Credit – Haila Architecture
Just 16 weeks into its 52-week program, the inaugural class at the ISU StartUp Factory has collectively raised $2 million in private capital, twice the $1 million goal set by the program for its startups to raise by the end of the yearlong program.
ISU President Steven Leath made the announcement during a grand opening reception held Thursday at the new Vermeer Applied Technology Hub, which is located at the ISU Research Park in Ames.
Read the entire story at http://www.BusinessRecord.com

Present at the 2017 ABI Conference

ABI currently is accepting proposals for presenters at the 2017 Taking Care of Business Conference. Next year’s conference will focus on the contributions and benefits Iowa companies make in their communities, the state and the world. If you have a presentation that will leave attendees enthusiastic and armed to with knowledge they are eager to implement, submit your proposal to present at the ABI conference June 6-8, 2017 in Dubuque! This is an opportunity to be in front of business leaders, owners and management teams from across Iowa. Proposals are due December 1. Click here to learn more and submit your proposal today!

Applications open for Iowa Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture

From the Business Record Daily PM on Oct 10, 2016

Many Iowa teachers integrate agriculture into their classroom to enrich student learning experiences and apply various academic subjects. Through an awards program of the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation, those teachers can be recognized for their efforts. The Iowa Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award is open to teachers of pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The selected Iowa teacher will receive $500 to support classroom instruction, and up to $1,000 to cover expenses to attend the 2017 National Agriculture in the Classroom conference to be held in Kansas City, Mo., in June. Applications will be accepted through early November, and the winner will be selected and recognized in January. For more information and to apply, click here.

To Subscribe for FREE to the Business Record Daily, visit http://www.BusinessRecord.com

ISU receives $9.6 million to improve diversity in STEM academic programs

BY BUSINESS RECORD STAFF | @BusinessRecord

Iowa State University today announced it has received nearly $9.6 million in funding from the National Science Foundation to improve diversity in both the professional STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) workforce and academia.

 

The largest award, $5 million, goes to the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation. Iowa State leads the Iowa-Illinois-Nebraska STEM Partnership for Innovation in Research and Education (IINSPIRE), an LSAMP alliance of 16 institutions focused on increasing the quality and quantity of students successfully completing undergraduate STEM programs and increasing the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate degrees.

Read the entire story at http://www.BusinessRecord.com

STEM BEST RFPs Due September 23

The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council invites school+business partnerships across Iowa to submit their proposal to establish a STEM BEST model.

Click for INSTRUCTIONS.

All Iowa private and public schools and school districts serving students in any of grades K-12 are eligible to apply. Each of the six awarded applicants will receive $25,000 each to be matched with local cost-share and will be designated as an Iowa STEM BEST model. The application window will close on Friday, September 23, 2016.

To learn more about Iowa STEM BEST, please click HERE.