Institutions

Our consortium is a partnership between ten universities, two national laboratories, a research institute, nine companies, and two hospital systems.

Genvax Technologies

Ames, Iowa
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Genvax Technologies is a startup animal vaccine company. We have a dynamic team of experienced scientists and entrepreneurs poised to develop next generation mRNA + nanoparticle vaccines. This isn’t the first go-around for co-founders Joel Harris and Dr. Hank Harris, who successfully created, grew, and sold Harrisvaccines to Merck Animal Health in 2015. We are focused on developing novel vaccines for the prevention and treatment of animal diseases. We cultivate new ideas to make our world a better place and strive to create a long-lasting impact on animal health world-wide.

Imbed Biosciences, Inc.

Madison, Wisconsin
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Imbed Biosciences is a privately-held biotech company registered with the FDA as a medical device manufacturer with an ISO 13485 certified quality management system. The company has a portfolio of products in development based on its patented Microlyte® technology to combat local pain and infections in complex wounds such as burns, chronic ulcers, surgical wounds, epidermolysis bullosa, and colorectal surgeries.

ImmunoNanoMed, Inc.

Ames, Iowa

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A start-up with business interests in the development of nano-based vaccines against infectious diseases. 

Indiana University

Bloomington, Indiana
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Indiana University is a major multi-campus public research institution, grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, and a world leader in professional, medical, and technological education. Indiana University’s mission is to provide broad access to undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education for students throughout Indiana, the United States, and the world, as well as outstanding academic and cultural programs and student services.

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa
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Iowa State University of Science and Technology is an international university with an enrollment of more than 36,000 students. Students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries come to Iowa State to choose from 100 majors, study with world-class scholars, and hone their leadership skills in 800-plus student organizations.

Kansas State University

Manhattan, Kansas
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The mission of Kansas State University is to foster excellent teaching, research, and service that develop a highly skilled and educated citizenry necessary to advancing the well-being of Kansas, the nation, and the international community. The university embraces diversity, encourages engagement and is committed to the discovery of knowledge, the education of undergraduate and graduate students, and improvement in the quality of life and standard of living of those we serve.

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos, New Mexico
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The Lab’s mission is to develop and apply science and technology to ensure the safety, security, and reliability of the U.S. nuclear deterrent; reduce global threats; and solve other emerging national security and energy challenges.

Mayo Clinic

Rochester, Minnesota
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Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to clinical practice, education and research, providing expert, whole-person care to everyone who needs healing. Mayo Clinic’s mission is to inspire hope and contribute to health and well-being by providing the best care to every patient through integrated clinical practice, education and research.

Mazen Animal Health

Ames, Iowa
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Mazen Animal Health is a new company focused on developing, delivering and commercializing novel biological vaccines and therapeutics that disrupt the status quo and address complex or unsolved challenges in animal health and protein production. Their first disruptive solution is a reinvention of vaccines with a novel technology platform that will shift the paradigm in disease prevention.

The Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio
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The Ohio State University’s main Columbus campus is one of America’s largest and most comprehensive. More than 56,000 students select from 14 colleges, 175 undergraduate majors, and 240 master’s, doctoral, and professional degree programs. As Ohio’s best and one of the nation’s top-20 public universities, Ohio State is further recognized by a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center. The university’s innovative prowess attains world-class status, particularly in critical areas such as global climate change, cancer, infectious disease, advanced materials, and ag-bio products that feed and fuel the world.

Pan Genome Systems

Madison, Wisconsin
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Pan Genome Systems develops and delivers novel, patent protected animal health vaccines and diagnostics. The Company’s products are used for controlling and monitoring infectious diseases in dairy producing animals. Pan Genome Systems’ products are available to farmers, technicians, veterinarians and veterinary labs.

PathoVacs, Inc.

Ames, Iowa
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Our mission is developing novel, universal protein subunit vaccines for infectious agents that are a major public health concern worldwide. Our underlying technology is a revolutionary proteome mining platform for protein-antigen discovery called Proteomics-based Expression Library Screening. Our current targets include pathogens causing gastrointestinal diseases in humans and infectious agents causing veterinary diseases.

PK Biosciences Corp.

Ames, Iowa
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PK Biosciences Corporation is a startup biotechnology company. PK Bioscience is working towards developing innovative oral medicines targeting to improve the health of patients with neurodegenerative diseases. PK Bioscience’s innovative medicines are targeted against selective cell death signaling molecules, which are involved in the cell survival and apoptotic cell death  observed in many neurodegenerative disorders including Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s  and Huntington diseases.

RAND Corporation

Santa Monica, California
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RAND Health is a major research division within the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit institution headquartered in Santa Monica, California. RAND Health’s mission is to serve as the world’s most trusted source of objective analysis and effective solutions for improving health. We are dedicated to reducing the cost of healthcare while improving the health of individuals, communities, and populations in the U.S. and worldwide. RAND Health includes more than 280 experts. We attract the best in their professions—physicians, economists, psychologists, mathematicians, organizational analysts, political scientists, psychometricians, medical sociologists, policy analysts, and statisticians. We also draw on the expertise of the entire RAND staff, who work in areas ranging from international policy and national security to civil justice, public safety, education, and child policy.

Skroot Laboratory, Inc.

Ames, Iowa
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“Skroot” = anglicized form of skrót, Polish for “shortcut.” As in faster routes to safer protein and cell therapy products. Skroot is helping make medicine with wireless process analytical technologies (PAT) for cell and protein therapy developers.

Southwest Research Institute

San Antonio, Texas
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Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is one of the oldest and largest independent, nonprofit, applied research and development organizations in the United States. SwRI’s 11 technical divisions offer a wide range of technical expertise and services in such areas as chemistry, space science, nondestructive evaluation, automation, engine design, mechanical engineering, electronics and more. The Institute occupies more than 1,200 acres and provides more than 2 million square feet of laboratories, test facilities, workshops and offices.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Memphis, Tennessee
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The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Our vision is to be the world leader in advancing the treatment and prevention of catastrophic diseases in children. This vision will be pursued by providing outstanding patient care; by conducting basic, translational and clinical research designed to elucidate biological mechanisms, understand disease pathogenesis, improve diagnosis, enhance treatment outcome, prevent diseases and minimize adverse consequences of treatment; and by educating health care and scientific research professionals. Through these efforts we seek to cure and enhance the quality of life for an increasing proportion of children who come to us for treatment, and by expanding and sharing knowledge, to advance treatment of children with catastrophic diseases worldwide, while developing strategies to prevent catastrophic diseases in children.

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York
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A flagship institution in the State University of New York system, University at Buffalo is the largest and most comprehensive campus in the 64-campus SUNY system. Founded in 1846, UB is a premier, research-intensive public university dedicated to academic excellence. Our research, creative activity and people positively impact the world. Like the city we call home, UB is distinguished by a culture of resilient optimism, resourceful thinking and pragmatic dreaming that enable us to reach others every day.

University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia
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The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education. Its motto, “to teach, to serve, and to inquire into the nature of things,” reflects the University’s integral and unique role in the conservation and enhancement of the state’s and nation’s intellectual, cultural, and environmental heritage.

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa
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With just over 30,000 students, the University of Iowa is one of the nation’s top public research universities. Iowa is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. It’s home to one of the nation’s largest academic medical centers, the pioneering Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and hundreds of options for affordable, accessible education.

University of Nebraska Medical Center

Omaha, Nebraska
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A vital enterprise in the nation’s heartland, the University of Nebraska Medical Center has its eye on improving the future of health care in Nebraska and beyond. As Nebraska’s only public academic health sciences center, UNMC is committed to the education of a 21st century health care work force, to finding cures and treatments for devastating diseases, to providing the best care for patients, and to serving our state and its communities through award-winning outreach. UNMC also is committed to embracing the richness of diversity, and is a major economic engine for the state of Nebraska.

University of Washington

Seattle, Washington
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Founded in 1861 by a private gift of 10 acres in what is now the heart of downtown Seattle, the UW is one of the oldest public universities on the West Coast. We’re deeply committed to upholding the responsibility that comes with that legacy. And being public has always meant being accessible. Anyone can enjoy and be enriched by all the UW has to offer, including world-class libraries, art, music, drama, sports and the highest quality medical care in Washington state. Being public also means being engaged with our communities, and through knowledge and discovery we are elevating the quality of lives of others.

University of Wisconsin—Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
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The University of Wisconsin–Madison is the original University of Wisconsin, created at the same time Wisconsin achieved statehood in 1848. It received Wisconsin’s land grant and became the state’s land-grant university after Congress adopted the Morrill Act in 1862. It continues to be Wisconsin’s comprehensive teaching and research university with a statewide, national and international mission, offering programs at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels in a wide range of fields, while engaging in extensive scholarly research, continuing adult education and public service.

USDA National Centers for Animal Health

Ames, Iowa
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The National Animal Disease Center conducts basic and applied research on selected diseases of economic importance to the U.S. livestock and poultry industries. The goals of the research mission are to produce knowledge and technology to reduce economic losses from infectious, genetic, and metabolic diseases to the livestock and poultry industries and the associated rural agricultural community, to reduce or eliminate pre-harvest contamination or infection of livestock and poultry with food-borne human pathogens, and to prevent suffering and death caused by diseases in agriculturally important livestock and poultry.

Zeteo Biomedical, LLC

Austin, Texas
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Zeteo Biomedical provides “patient-centric” delivery device technology for pharma, biotech and personal care product companies, utilizing novel patented packaging and device technology platforms and technical services to configure drug/device combination products for ophthalmic, nasal (systemic), nose to brain, sublingual, buccal, otic and animal care applications.