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ReEnvision Ag develops new way to plant

By SPN Newsroom / August 24, 2021

A northeastern Iowa agtech startup is developing technology that will change the way farmers plant crops, all while saving them money and reducing environmental impact. Nora Springs, Iowa’s ReEnvision Ag is one of five agriculture technology companies participating in the AgLaunch 365 accelerator program, which aims to cultivate startups that will transform regional agriculture; create…

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Homegrown medtech company Centese develops game-changing device for surgery patients

By SPN Newsroom / January 19, 2021

A new Omaha-based medtech company has developed a self-cleaning chest tube system that provides more precise measurements for monitoring patients recovering from surgery on their heart or lungs.  Startup Centese developed the device, called Thoraguard. Through a novel self-irrigating mechanism, Thoraguard eliminates one of the main hazards of analog chest tubes: the need for medical…

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All processors on deck in the race to research COVID-19

By SPN Newsroom / August 12, 2020

Sometimes a problem is so urgent and complex, you need the whole world working on it.  That’s COVID-19. Sometimes you also need the help of a global supercomputer. That’s Folding@home. A distributed computing project powering research into SARS-CoV-2, Folding@home seeks to develop effective, patent-free drugs to treat the deadly coronavirus, which has caused over 732,000…

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Hybrid85 passes profits onto farmers

By Henry Nunn / March 4, 2020

At the very top of the Nebraska State Capitol building stands a 32-foot tall bronze statue of the Sower, a figure representing agriculture’s vital role in the development of modern civilization. Maybe it wasn’t the best fit for the state license plate, but the Sower is an undeniable symbol of Nebraska. According to the Nebraska…

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Funding Roundup for the Week of November 4th

By Tom Chapman / November 18, 2019

The Silicon Prairie had a dry week when it comes to outside fundings.  So, the winning cities really appear to be Fayetteville, Arkansas and Iowa City, Iowa.  While neither city had huge deals, they both participated in the creation of ground breaking technologies that have received multiple mechanisms of support from the universities, local economic…

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Interview with an Entrepreneur: Karen Linder

By Tom Chapman / November 14, 2019

I have known Karen Linder for many years, and she is an incredible entrepreneur.  Many people do not realize that she has been growing a 3D printing company in Nebraska, called Tethon 3D, for the better part of this decade.  The company is one of the leading suppliers of porcelain and hard to produce ceramic…

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Ambient Clinical Analytics Receives Funding

By Razia Aziz-Seible / August 29, 2019

In late June 2019, according to the Form D filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Rochester, Minnesota-based, Ambient Clinical Analytics, Inc., a spin-off from the Mayo Clinic, secured an additional $600k in debt financing. This brings the total external amount raised by the company to over $7M since it was founded in 2013.…

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