From the smallest cities to our metropolitan areas, businesses are working on solutions in advanced manufacturing, information technology, bio sciences, financial services and so much more.
All across the state, there are companies working to solve problems. Many of these problems fly under the radar of general knowledge, but they are challenges and obstacles that are slowing down someone's ability to serve their customers and audiences in an efficient manner. This is innovation at its finest and it is happening in every county of Iowa. From the smallest cities to our metropolitan areas, businesses are working on solutions in advanced manufacturing, information technology, bio sciences, financial services and so much more.
From small table mounted robotic arms to large multi-robot systems, Ellison designs, programs, educates employers about and installs robotics for large and and small companies hoping to improve productivity or to fulfill an aspect of production otherwise impractical when done by a traditional workforce. For more than 30 years, Ellison has been integrating industrial robotic systems for the ag, automotive, medical and public sectors for local manufacturers with just one to two employees to larger employers such as Bobcat, John Deere and Caterpillar.
Pure Oleochemicals recently received a SBIR/STTR Outreach Award. This award is intended to help companies successfully apply for SBIR/STTR funding. Pure Oleochemicals has the only inexpensive method to separate and purify fatty acids derived from vegetable and fish oils. They are the only people who can inexpensively purify industrial quantities of oleic, linoleic, and linolenic acids as well as EPA and DHA from fish oils. Prior methods to purify these fatty acids were too costly or could only be used on a small scale.
When natural disasters threaten the structural soundness of buildings and essential infrastructure, SENSR LLC, a company in Elkader, Iowa, ensures engineers have the information they need to keep people away from dangerous situations. SENSR is in the business of measuring dynamics, or more simply, measuring the motion of an object.
One of the reasons the Iowa Innovation Corporation was created was to help establish the Iowa Innovation Fund, critical funding for second stage or later funding to businesses engaged in Iowa's innovation ecosystem.
Fundamentally, the Innovation Corporation understands that a source that supports next stage funding is an important part of a robust, successful innovation ecosystem. For several years, the Innovation Corporation and many other partners have worked to create a process for proof of concept and proof of commercial relevance, two factors capital providers look at when evaluating deals.