This article showcases our top picks for the best Iowa based Science And Engineering companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Science And Engineering industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top Iowa Science And Engineering Companies
SwineTech is a mechanical and industrial engineering company that bridges the gap between producers and pigs through artificial intelligence and sensor-based technologies. The company specializes in the fields of machine learning, audio, and pork production.
SwineTech was founded in 2015 and headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.. .
Viewpoint Molecular Targeting
Viewpoint Molecular Targeting develops radiopharmaceutical therapeutics for cancer and complementary diagnostic imaging agents that enable a personalized approach to cancer therapy. ViewpointMT’s alpha-particle radiotherapies deliver alpha radiation specifically to cancer cells utilizing specialized targeting peptides.
ViewpointMT is also developing complementary diagnostics that utilize the same targeting peptide which provide the opportunity to personalize treatment and optimize patient outcomes. This “theranostic” approach enables the ability to see the specific tumor and then treat it to potentially improve efficacy and minimize toxicity associated with many other types of cancer treatments..
Digital Diagnostics is an AI diagnostics company that transforms the quality, accessibility, and affordability of healthcare. Founded in 2010 by a team of world-renowned clinician-scientists, the company is focused on developing clinically-aligned autonomous algorithms that detect disease in medical images.
By enabling diagnostic assessment in primary care settings, it aims to increase patient access to high-quality, affordable disease detection. The company’s first product, IDx-DR, is an FDA-cleared AI-based diagnostic system designed for use at the front lines of care to detect diabetic retinopathy.
It is developing additional AI-based diagnostic algorithms for the detection of macular degeneration, glaucoma, Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, and stroke risk. Digital Diagnostics was formerly known as IDx..
Founded in 2016, MākuSafe makes wearable technologies to help identify, predict, and prevent risk in workplace environments using IoT sensors and SaaS. MākuSafe has created award-winning technology that identifies true leading indicators that can be used by organizations to proactively reduce risk for their workforce.
Their patented armband device is equipped with sensors to track environmental and human motion data from employees while they work and send that data back the the MākuSmart platform. Safety and operational personnel can view the cloud dashboard to see the employee-generated and auto-generated reports relating to environment, safety, and productivity..
VIDA modernizes lung and respiratory care, empowering healthcare organizations and physicians to improve patient outcomes, streamline care coordination and drive efficiencies through a comprehensive approach, proven quality, and clinical leadership. Through quantitative data intelligence and impactful visualizations, VIDA helps physicians manage patients with or at risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), interstitial lung disease (ILD), lung cancer, and now, COVID-19.
VIDA’s software is FDA cleared, CE-marked, Health Canada licensed and TGA registered for clinical use in the US, European Economic Area, Canada, and Australia. Learn more at vidalung.ai..
Renewable Energy Group
Renewable Energy Group produces and supplies renewable fuels like biodiesel and renewable diesel, renewable chemicals, and other products. It also utilizes an integrated procurement, distribution, and logistics network to convert natural fats, oils, greases, and sugars into lower carbon intensity products.
With 14 active biorefineries, a feedstock processing facility, research and development capabilities and a diverse and growing intellectual property portfolio, REG is committed to being a long-term leader in bio-based fuel and chemicals. It was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Ames, Iowa..
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AgriSync is an agricultural mobile support platform focus is the people in agriculture and their collaboration for better farming. They leverage an elegant software user experience, artificial intelligence and data exhaust to ensure the most important piece of modern agribusiness — the human piece — has its greatest impact.
AgriSync was founded in 2014 and is based in Dallas Center, Iowa.. .
TruSignal, Inc., a TransUnion company, is an innovative leader in people-based marketing technology for Fortune 500 brands, agencies, platforms, publishers and data owners. TruSignal uses predictive scoring, powered by artificial intelligence (AI), to make big data actionable for one-to-one addressable marketing.
TruSignal delivers incredible results by pinpointing the best people to target at scale and optimizing the bid price for every impression. This is all accomplished through the TruAudience Platform, which combines a robust deterministic identity graph, a massive third-party data set, an advanced AI engine with multiple machine learning algorithms, extensive people-based, omnichannel ID matching technology and a robust set of integration APIs that fuel partner platforms with powerful insights, custom audience building, lookalike audiences, audience expansion and bid price optimization solutions that are easy, accurate, scalable and fast..
Powerpollen is an AgTech company that collects, preserves, and applies pollen to boost seed production. It enables higher productivity in seed and grain production.
The technology is designed to improve crop yield and genetic purity, cut down on resources, and reduce seed production costs by 20%. The company has developed a patent-pending process that will increase corn parent seed yields and, more importantly, will improve the genetic purity of the parent increase phase, just prior to hybrid seed production in corn.
Powerpollen was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Ankeny, Iowa.. .
At the center of the efforts in their industry is the electrode; a magnificent device that continues to evolve and bring hearing to their patient population where hearing did not exist. To innovate, they need to care.
Care about the creativity, the passion and the dedication of their healthcare customers, and their patients. They are pioneering by collaborating with the thought-leaders and practitioners of this science..
FBB Biomed is a biotech company that harnesses the latest advancements in genetics, bioinformatics and RNA virology to develop novel approaches in combating inflammatory diseases. The company’s technology addresses the market for laboratory-developed tests and the emerging market for RNA precision diagnostics.
The company was founded in 2019 and based in Coralville, iowa.. .
We support solutions needed in the real world for the application of data science. Current data analytics technologies require large amounts of training data and long training times-this is not viable for most companies.
Contrarily, Edammo generates results based on small training samples and can create new models in real-time. We are committed not only to providing our clients with innovative machine learning solutions, but long-term support so that our clients can achieve their goals.
Developed and designed using in-house breakthrough, predictive analytics technology, Edammo enhances insights through innovative machine learning software. With a strong focus on real-time analysis, Edammo delivers dynamic and fully automated solutions without requiring users to manually adjust parameters.
Another key aspect of Edammo Technology is its ability to provide highly accurate results even based on small amounts of training data. In addition, our solution is fully versatile and can be implemented as either a cloud-based service or a local application.
The key proprietary advantages of the Edammo Data Analytics solutions is its ability to process transient data in real-time and the ability to derive insights from even small amounts of training data. Stationary components can be learned by traditional machine learning methods as they are stable in time.
Transient components are dynamically changing depending on independent factors not directly available to the user. Competitors use the approach of utilizing a high volume of stationary data, while identifying past patterns can help forecast future trends-this model cannot leverage dynamic data.
Smart Drivinc is an automotive company that aims to reduce incidents of distracted driving, primarily the use of cell phones while driving. It provides a distracted driving and crashes prevention app that disables drivers’ cell phones while driving.
Its patented IoT/AI system is focused on identifying and preventing traffic incidents. Shashaanka and Krishna Ashili co-founded the Des Moines, Iowa-based company in 2016..
Integrated DNA Technologies
Integrated DNA Technologies sells short strands of DNA called oligonucleotides. In order to better understand how these are useful, you’ll have to know a bit about DNA itself.
DNA is “the blueprint for life” and encodes instructions for all of life’s processes. DNA is a complex long thin molecule (strand) that is made from 4 possible building blocks called “bases”.
These bases are called Adenine, Cytosine, Guanine and Thymine, and the precise order of these bases is a code for information. In living organisms, DNA strands can be millions of bases long and therefore contain huge amounts of information.
This complexity is responsible for the vast complexity and diversity of life on earth. The way that one strand of DNA specifically binds a second strand of DNA allows scientists to use short DNA strands (oligos) as research tools.
A short synthetic piece of DNA (usually around 20 bases long) can be used to bind or find its matching sequence even in a complex mixture of millions of unrelated pieces of DNA. It is this unique fact that allows researchers to decode and study the genetic makeup of any living organism.
Using new oligo-based technologies, a revolution is underway where they are beginning to catalog the complete genetic makeup of hundreds of living things, ranging from bacteria to humans. The human genome alone contains over 3 billion bases of DNA, so projects of this kind tend to be very complex and often take years to complete.
ASL Analytical develops chemical sensing technology for real-time monitoring and control of chemical species within a targeted process. Its products that target game-changing advances in the production of biopharmaceuticals.
It was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Coralville, Iowa.. .
Collins Aerospace – Military Global Positioning designs, develops and provides mobile satellite communication. With their customers, we relentlessly tackle the toughest challenges in our industry.
And, every day, we imagine ways to make the skies and the spaces we touch smarter, safer and more amazing than ever. Together, we chart new journeys and reunite families.
We protect nations and save lives. And we explore the unknown.
We believe in the power of intelligence and partnership to guide our customers into the future.. .
Becker Underwood is the global leader in the development and commercialization of yield-improving and value-creating seed-applied biological products for the agricultural sector. Becker Underwood’s core competency is the rapid commercialization of breakthrough R&D.
The culture of practical, demand-led innovation that pervades the company is supported by expertise in the discovery of new products, the development of efficient and effective manufacturing processes and know-how in biological formulations that have been developed over the company’s 30-year history. The global population continues to grow at a robust pace.
According to United Nations estimates, there are 7 billion people in the world today, a figure that is expected to exceed 8 billion by 2025. In addition to population expansion, income growth, particularly in Asia and emerging markets, is creating a new middle class that seeks a diet with more animal protein, which requires significantly increased crop production to support herds.
Growing demand for all food, fiber, and feed crops will continue into the foreseeable future. Technologies that increase yield are in high demand.
With rising crop demand, commodity prices, and limited land (some of which is now used for biofuels), growers are seeking and willing to pay for tools that maximize their yield. This is where Becker Underwood has focused its efforts in the last six years, using insights and data gained over decades.
Leading technology, proven products, and relationships with leading seed and crop-protection companies, distributors, retailers, and growers have helped to drive the company’s history of uninterrupted growth.. .
Cellular Engineering Technologies
CET is a biopharmaceutical company that transforms patient therapy by making drug discovery. It specializes in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and healthcare.
It was founded in 2000 and headquartered in Coralville, Iowa.. .
NewLink Genetics is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing, and commercializing novel immuno-oncology products to improve the lives of patients with cancer. Founded more than 15 years ago, NewLink Genetics continues to be at the forefront in immuno-oncology treatments led by a diverse group of industry professionals and physician-scientists.
Personal cancer stories inspire their relentless research and development in advancing treatments. Their mission is to change the cancer treatment paradigm and make a difference in patient lives every day..
Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., a DuPont business, is the world’s leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics to farmers worldwide. They seek to increase customer productivity, profitability and develop sustainable agricultural systems for people everywhere.
Innovative and customer-focused, Pioneer is a leader in the agriculture industry and upholds the highest standards. Headquartered in Johnston, Iowa, Pioneer provides services to customers in nearly 70 countries..
Bio-Research Products, Inc. was founded in 1975, to meet the needs of diagnostic reagent manufacturers for wheat germ phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase (PEPC).
The company’s former laboratories were one of the first incubating enterprises of the University of Iowa Technology Innovation Center, located on the Oakdale Campus. Members of the research team include scientists that are experts in protein purification, characterization and analysis.
Fermentation research and development contracts with the Center for BioCatalysis and Bioprocessing of The University of Iowa enhance the in-house research and development programs. For details, please see our custom manufacturing page.
A staff of technically trained production specialists are supervised by a manager with over a decade of on-site production experience. We are proud of the accomplishments of the production group as they make high quality products that meet or exceed the needs of our customers, with delivery on time at a competitive price.
On December 31, 2012 Bio-Research Products was purchased by IBEX Technologies Inc. (www.IBEX.ca), a Montreal-based biotechnology company, primarily known for its ultra-high purity recombinant heparinases and chondroitinases.
IBEX is ISO 9001:2008 and 13485:2003 certified and sells enzymes and/or makes diagnostic components for major diagnostic companies.. .
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Advanced Analytical Technologies
AATI develops, manufactures and markets high-throughput, fully-automated nucleic acid analysis systems. The company’s products have both commercial and research applications and are designed to improve processes within the molecular diagnostics, pharmaceutical, life science, agricultural and biofuels industries.
The company’s product portfolio includes instruments for the parallel analysis of biomolecules, DNA, RNA, genomic DNA, double-stranded DNA, pharmaceutical compounds and proteins using capillary electrophoresis (CE) with fluorescence detection or UV absorbance.. .
Genetic ID is a global leader in testing for the presence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food and agricultural products. In addition Genetic ID also offers Allergen screening.
Founded in 1996, Genetic ID Inc. maintains global headquarters in USA, as well as premier testing laboratories in Japan and Germany, offices in Brazil, and the Global Laboratory Alliance of affiliated laboratories and representatives spanning five continents.
We develop technologies that address all aspects of the GMO-testing segment and provide all clients with the technology, services and information they need to operate in the increasingly high-tech global marketplace.. .
Icon Labs is a privately held corporation headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa. Icon Labs has been providing solutions for embedded OEMs since 1992 with more than 100 customers worldwide.
Icon Labs provides cross platform security solutions for embedded OEMs and IoT device manufacturers. Their solutions support all major embedded OSes and RTOSes with security modules designed specifically for use in limited resource environments characteristic of the embedded marketspace.
These solutions provide security building blocks for protecting the device itself rather than just relying on security at the perimeter. These building blocks can be used as point products to meet specific security requirements, or used as an integrated solution to provide a foundation for developing a secure device.
Icon Labs products have been deployed in applications including communication infrastructure equipment, transportation systems, satellite communications, and industrial control devices. They are known for providing quality products and responsive customer support.
Icon Labs also offers professional services to assist their customers with production integration, customization, and development of unique solutions to compliment their products. They have been building intelligent, secure, networked devices for industry leaders in the Industrial Control, Critical Infrastrucutre, Military/Aerospace, Telecommunications, Networking, and Medical Equipment Industries for over 20 years.
Their solutions are at work every day, from the factory floor to broadband Internet access devices, from core network routers to smart modems, and from optical cross-connects to the operating room.. .
AerialServices, Inc. (ASI) is an integrated team of professionals providing premier Aerial Acquisition, Digital Ortho, Vector Mapping, Terrain & LiDAR services to government, utilities, engineers, and other geospatial clients.
Based in the Iowa heartland for nearly half a century, Aerial Services’ resilient work ethic, cutting-edge technology, and experienced staff combine to harness the power of geographic information and provide solutions you need.. .
Innovative Software Engineering
ISE provides a complete spectrum of custom software development services for any industry. They help you make the most of your investment by applying a repeatable development process and the most effective tools and technologies to achieve your goals.
ISE provides fixed bids, guaranteeing your product is delivered on time and within budget.. .
BioForce Nanosciences develops and commercializes nanotech instruments, consumables, and applications for the life sciences. It provides consumable support products for atomic force microscopy.
BioForce Nanosciences’ flagship instrument platform, Nano eNabler, is a molecular printer that delivers liquids to surfaces such as silicon chips in droplets and offers researchers in industry and academia a practical solution to problems they encounter when developing ultraminiaturized devices and methods, and creates opportunities for further commercialization of nanotechnology. Its additional applications include printing proteins to guide neural cell growth, printing signaling proteins to study stem cell differentiation, inking of micro-stamps for soft lithography, and bio-functionalization of microfluidic devices.
BioForce Nanosciences’ ViriChip technology is designed to be sensitive and specific enough to detect a variety of different pathogens, including environmental pathogens, pathogens relevant to biodefense, animal and plant viruses, and human disease agents. BioForce Nanosciences was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Ames, Iowa..
NanoSpy, Inc. was founded in 2017 to establish the new state-of-the-art in rapid pathogen detection.
Using proprietary and patent-pending technologies, we leverage our expertise in biomedical engineering, microbiology, nanomaterials, and mechanical engineering to dramatically simplify the detection process with a new paradigm in biosensor platforms. Sensitivity, specificity, and speed now are combined in one convenient test that delivers results fast! In 20 minutes, NanoSpy biosensors can detect a single targeted pathogen at 5 CFU/mL or less from common buffer samples taken right at the point of detection.
No time-consuming enrichment process. No environmentally hazardous reagents.
No laboratory requirements. Translation: No time wasted.
No decisions delayed.. .
The Ames Laboratory is a government-owned, contractor-operated national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), operated by and located on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
For over 65 years, the Ames Laboratory has successfully partnered with Iowa State University, and is unique among the DOE laboratories in that it is physically located on the campus of a major research university. Many of the scientists and administrators at the Laboratory also hold faculty positions at the University and the Laboratory has access to both undergraduate and graduate student talent.
Approximately 745 people are involved with the Laboratory either as full- or part-time employees or as Laboratory associates. Key areas of expertise are materials design, synthesis and processing; analytical instrumentation design and development; materials characterization; catalysis; computational chemistry; condensed matter theory; and computational materials science and materials theory.
The Ames Laboratory leads the Critical Materials Institute, a DOE Energy Innovation Hub funded at up to $120 million over five years. The Critical Materials Institute brings together leading researchers from other DOE national laboratories, academia and industry to develop solutions to domestic shortages of rare-earth materials and other materials critical to U.S.
energy security. The Ames Laboratory broke ground in June 2014 for a new, state-of-the-art Sensitive Instrument Facility, which will house next generation electron microscopy equipment for characterization of materials at the atomic scale.
The Ames Laboratory’s Materials Preparation Center prepares, purifies, fabricates and characterizes materials in support of R&D programs throughout the world. The Ames Laboratory is the U.S.
Up and Running Software, Inc.
We partner with clients to solve important technical problems by building, implementing, and servicing complex software solutions for customers of any size in any industry. Up and Running Software began in 1995 as a technical services firm and evolved into a developer of custom software solutions.
Customer happiness and open communication have been the focus since day one, plain and simple, resulting in long-term relationships with any type of client, from non-profits to startups to the Fortune 10. Thanks to this mindset, we are fortunate to have served an impressive array of clients, including giants such as General Electric, JYSK, Sanofi, Alliance Data (Epsilon), Hearst (First Databank), US Army, Yahoo! (Xobni), Heineken, Gerber, IEEE, Gap, and Henry Schein directly and indirectly (through agencies).
Our over two decades of custom software development, legacy system support, and migrations drive the engines of solutions that thousands of businesses and millions of people rely on daily. That experience has resulted in hands-on depth in most software development stacks, from the command line systems in the back office to ones that gracefully handle any screen size worldwide.
A commitment to QA and process improvement drives scalable results, producing long-term software assets with high ROI. Our work passes FDA & DEA audits, rolls up global treasury data, manages nuclear assets and railroads, delivers vaccines, and enables neuroscientists and researchers.
A Silicon Valley-area client praised our being “nice and courteous” and having “hardworking Midwestern values,” and a firm that “could build something that was functional, quickly deliver an MVP, and was cost effective.”. .
Kinexum was founded a decade ago to support efficient translational research to accelerate and advance healthcare product innovation. Providing multidisciplinary expertise for management and execution of early stage development programs, Kinexum is a proven leader in virtual translational development strategy and program management to advance innovative healthcare products toward commercialization.
Kinexum has been a leader in the underlying issues, complications, and unmet needs of metabolic diseases including diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, cardiometabolic, inflammation, immune modulation, oncology, retinopathy, neuropathy, and more.. .
Provider of GForge, a project management and software collaboration suite designed help organizations manage large project portfolios and aid in Building Better Software. The company’s project management and collaboration features can be stripped down to the bare essentials for start-ups and then expand to a full set of enterprise features for large teams and complex projects.
GForge’s goals: Reduce budget spent on project management and software delivery tools by as much as 25%, provide best-in-industry TCO and improve project success and overall initial quality.. .
Memcine Pharmaceuticals Inc. is an early-stage biotech company focused on enhancing vaccine efficacy to improve human and animal health globally.
Memcine’s Immunoplex™ technology platform uses the body’s naturally occurring targeting system to deliver vaccine components. The current portfolio of potential infectious disease vaccine targets includes influenza, HepB, and Ebola.
Memcine Pharmaceuticals has also conducted pre-clinical experiments in a mouse model of breast cancer, where the vaccine technology showed considerable promise as a therapeutic treatment. Additional information available at www.memcine.com..
Iowa Fertilizer Co LLC
Iowa Fertilizer Co LLC is a global leader in nitrogen fertilizer production. Our mission is to establish a world-class fertilizer plant in Iowa that provides a reliable, stable, and domestic source of nitrogen fertilizer for farmers here in Iowa and around the country.
Iowa Fertilizer Plant will be one of the most innovative and impactful manufacturing facilities in the United States and will drive economic development in Southeast Iowa for years to come. Our goal of producing 1.5 to 2 million tons of nitrogen fertilizer in the first year alone will create jobs and help the United States become independent from fertilizer imports in the next 10 years.
While we reach these goals, our commitment is to maintain the highest standards of safety and stewardship of the environment.. .
Ramco will be a place where passionate employees collaborate and commit to providing their clients with excellent automation solutions. They will be a consultant and partner to their clients by putting them first, bringing value to their organization, and customizing their service to their needs.
They will deliver value-based solutions by utilizing premier products and the knowledge and expertise of their employees. They will stay on the cutting-edge of technology and educate their clients.
They will define excellence as an automation solutions provider.. .
MedCara, LLC is a biotechnology company. MedCara Pharmaceuticals seeks to discover, develop, and commercialize major pharmaceutical products independently and with partners.
MedCara’s proprietary, systematic, compounding-based platform, is designed to accelerate the discovery of new drug uses and to expand intellectual property coverage of drug candidate compounds and classes of related compounds. This approach has formed the basis for commercial collaborations compounding pharmacies that retain rights to downstream revenue for MedCara Pharmaceuticals..
MagnaLynx develops high-speed serial chip-to-chip interfaces which dramatically increase performance while reducing power and pin requirements. MagnaLynx is sampling the industryâ€™s fastest SRAM device based on the breakthrough MagnaPHYâ„¢ serial memory protocol.
MagnaLynx memory products, design services and IP cores are used in the network communications, high performance computing, medical imaging and test and measurement markets.. .