Middle Bit: Cardio Diagnostics receives Biotech Innovation Showcase Award and $5000 prize

From left to right: Associate Director of the Iowa Biotechnology Association, Melissa Moyer; Meesha Dogan of Cardio Diagnostics; Executive Director of the Iowa Biotechnology Association, Jessica Hyland.

Coralville-based Cardio Diagnostics were winners of the Biotech Innovation Showcase Award earlier this week and received a $5,000 grand prize at the annual IowaBio Partnering for Growth Conference.

Cardio Diagnostics is an emerging company founded in 2017 that focuses on human health, to develop and commercialize patent-pending Precision Medicine tools for the prevention of heart disease and stroke. They couple artificial intelligence and DNA-based biosignatures to assess risk, personalize management and monitor response for cardiovascular disease.

The Biotech Innovation Showcase Award and prize is given to the winning emerging biotech company, chosen by a distinguished panel of judges with diverse areas of expertise.

The competition, held during the Partnering for Growth conference, had ten presenting companies developing innovations in various sectors of the biotech industry including biomaterials, advances in food, ag, and plant genetics, progress in animal health, as well as human health and medical technology.

This is the fourth year IowaBio has presented the award.

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Ames Economic Development Commission to celebrate Economic Development Week

The Ames Economic Development Commission (AEDC) is celebrating economic development week in Ames May 6-11. The weeklong celebration emphasizes the importance of economic development and showcases the efforts and initiatives improving business retention, job growth and quality of life for Ames-area residents. 

The week is designed to increase an understanding of economic development’s contribution to the state’s business climate, job retention and growth, the tax base and the overall quality of life in the community.

“We are proud of the work we’ve done here in the Ames community and equally proud to work throughout Story County, including in the Huxley, Story City and Nevada communities,” said Dan Culhane, President and CEO of the AEDC. “This week especially we want to show off all the activity in Story County. There will be a lot of dirt moving this summer and that’s something we’re excited about.”