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IowaBio Monthly Newsletter

July 2020



IowaBio and Bio Nebraska are excited to announce the fourth installment of Animal Health in the Heartland, with this year's focus on Whole Animal Health. The symposium will be held virtually via Zoom on Tuesday, August 18th and Wednesday, August 19th. Each day will feature two Tracks of presentations to choose from in the morning. Attendees can attend presentations from a single Track or pick and choose between the various presentation options. Following a brief lunch break, attendees will be invited back to participate in a Speaker Meet & Greet, where they can continue discussions and pose additional questions to event presenters and hosts.

Symposium Tracks
Vaccines: Collaborative Development, Manufacturing Strategies and Effective Uses
This Track will explore the growing role of novel vaccines in animal health and how stakeholders should work together to ensure the development and employment of efficacious vaccines in a safe and timely manner.
Technology on Today's Smart Farm
This Track will look at the use of artificial intelligence, data collection and connectivity on the farm and how these advances in technology improve animal health and increase farm operation efficiencies. 
Advancements in Probiotics and Animal Feed
This Track will explore the development and introduction of new probiotic and feed products into livestock and the positive health effects they provide while eliminating the dependency on antibiotics. 
Overcoming Challenges: Regulatory Pathways, Facing Pandemics, and Making Rapid Decisions
This Track provides a broad look at the way innovation meets and overcomes challenges on the path to success. From understanding and navigating regulatory hurdles, to stepping up during pandemics, to being able to respond at a moment’s notice to the consumer’s needs, these presentations will showcase how organizations face the challenges head-on to improve animal health in a successful and ethical manner. 
Symposium Sponsors
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Back by popular demand, IowaBio will once again host a golf outing this June at The Legacy Golf Club in Norwalk, Iowa!

The event is scheduled for September 3rd and will host a 9:30am shotgun start, a play-through lunch, course contests and a raffle!

For the first time ever, this event will be open to members and non-members - the more the merrier!
Outing Sponsors
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September 22, 2020  |  Webinar

IowaBio will co-host a webinar with the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS) small business funding program. Join us on September 22 to learn about early-stage funding for commercializing your innovations. 

An email invitation will be issued once details are finalized. Keep an eye out!
Brex Corporate Credit Card
Great news! We have added a new partner to our BioVantage Program - Brex Corporate Credit Card. IowaBio members now have access to this exclusive savings opportunity! Brex offers our members an exclusive sign-on bonus and waived card fees for life.

IowaBio Member Benefits:
  • 60,000 point signup bonus ($600 value)
  • Waived card fees for life ($60 p/card p/year)
  • Tailored rewards and points with 3x on lab supplies, 7x on conference registrations, 4x on travel, and 1x on everything else
  • 5-minute application process (completely online) with instant access to virtual cards
  • No personal guarantee or collateral requirements
Want more good news? You do not have to be a life science company to use this card! IowaBio's Support and Institutional members can also use this card and receive the exact same benefits!

Reach out to us with any questions or sign up today!
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Fisher Scientific Rebate Opportunity
To qualify, companies must:
  1. Be an active IowaBio member as of December 31, 2020
  2. Use IowaBio's Fisher Scientific contract before December 1, 2020
  3. Increase your total Fisher catalog spend from the 2019 calendar year
  4. Reach a minimum rebate total of $50
Our members have saved over $80 million 
through our Fisher contract since 2012!

For more information or a price comparison 
on your frequently purchased items, contact 
your Fisher representative or IowaBio.
Reach out to us and we'd be happy to help! Download the rebate flier and share it with your purchasing department today!

Jessica Hyland, Executive Director

Melissa Moyer, Associate Director
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8th: Government Affairs Committee Meeting
2:15 - 4:15pm

17th: Quarterly Board Meeting
9:30 - 11:30am

IowaBio thanks the following members for recently renewing:
Cardio Diagnostics Selected as "One to Watch" in this year’s Spinoff Prize
For the inaugural Spinoff Prize, Nature sought out the most exciting science-based companies to have emerged from academic labs in the past three years. Here are the selected firms: 12 finalists, and 32 ‘ones to watch’. Learn more >
Cargill demonstrates progress against climate change commitment with expansion of renewable energy portfolio
At Cargill, managing climate impact is a top priority, and the company is making progress in its operations with new renewable energy projects. Today, Cargill is announcing ten new global renewable energy projects, most of which will be online in the next year. Cargill currently uses 15 different renewable energy sources around the world, including wind and solar power. Learn more >
Quarterly survey from Iowa Business Council shows some optimism
The Iowa Business Council’s second-quarter Economic Outlook Survey for 2020 shows some improvement in what the managers of the states’ largest businesses expect in the coming months. IBC executive director Joe Murphy says it’s a modest improvement. He says the overall score in overall economic outlook index rose to 41.25 — which is an increase of 3.75 points from the first quarter.  Learn more >
Johnson & Johnson and Its Partners Mark a Milestone in the Quest for a Global Preventive HIV Vaccine With the Imbokodo Study
The clinical trial has completed full immunizations of the company's investigational HIV vaccine regimen. Learn what this means for the future of fighting the disease—and also for the creation of a potential vaccine for COVID-19. Learn more >
BIOMIN Announces Participation in €6M Research Project for Alternatives to Veterinary Antimicrobials in Pigs
Leading animal nutrition firm BIOMIN has recently announced its involvement in a 5-year, €6 million EU-backed research consortium effort to decrease the application of antibiotics in pigs. Learn more >
Merck Animal Health Completes Acquisition of U.S. Rights to SENTINEL® Brand of Combination Parasiticides for Companion Animals
Comprehensive parasite protection is an essential part of canine overall health and well-being. “Our veterinary medicines, including parasiticides, and vaccines continue to transform the animal health industry and further solidify our position in the U.S. Companion Animal category,” said Rick DeLuca, president, Merck Animal Health. “The extensive breadth and depth of our product portfolio enhances our offerings of comprehensive pet care solutions, which provide a full range of complementary solutions for our customers to improve the health and well-being of animals and the people who care for them. Learn more >
Catching up on Aquaculture III
My plan for this blog was to cover the two largest categories of U.S. raised food fish, Trout and Catfish, in greater detail.  However, I recently had the opportunity to attend a virtual conference sponsored by the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) on the 20th of May. According to their reports, “approximately 900 global customers and soybean industry representatives from 60 countries” attended the conference. The subject of the conference was “COVID-19 and the Implications to Aquaculture”.  Learn more >

The Session Bill Tracker is a weekly report issued every Friday during legislative session. It provides an update on state and federal activities as well as a tracking record of bills relevant to the biotech industry and IowaBio’s position. This report is best suited for government affairs representatives and biotech companies engaged in policy efforts. To view archives of this distribution of sign up for the communications, please click here.

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Starting March 23rd, IowaBio began issuing daily updates to share the latest news surrounding the virus from the biotech industry's point of view. Topics covered include state, national and global updates, legislative activities on the state and federal level, IowaBio member efforts and innovations, helpful resources/media and more.

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