SBIR/STTR Program: $4 million in federal awards in FY 2022

Iowa startups secured 13 federal awards totaling nearly $4 million in fiscal year 2022 through the SBIR/STTR outreach program administered by BioConnect Iowa.

Companies submitted a total of 38 applications for a 34 percent success rate, double the national average. The SBIR/STTR outreach program returned $7 in federal funds for every $1 in state funds invested.

Here’s a closer look at the Iowa startups receiving awards in FY 2022:

  • NeoVaxSyn: $300,000 (NIH) for a nanovaccine for eliciting 10E8-bnAbs against HIV-1
  • MTI Biotech: $256,000 (NIH) for 2-HOBA for treatment of pulmonary hypertension
  • Frugi Biotechnology: $256,000 (NSF) for paper-based, secured diagnostics for managing viral outbreaks
  • NanoSpy: $256,000 (NSF) for handheld graphene-based sensors for rapid detection of salmonella species in food-processing facilities
  • Zymosense: $100,000 (NIST) for automated aqueous two-phase extraction for lost cost and scalable sorting of nanotubes
  • Parametric Studio: $253,000 (NIH) for a virtual project-based learning sandbox for mimetics and medically inspired classroom engineering
  • Zymosense: $256,000 (NSF) for a platform for rapid assessment of hydrolytic enzyme activity to optimize their design and use
  • Juggernaut Life Sciences: $256,000 (NSF) for a smart semiautonomous fluid drainage system for surgical procedures
  • Superior Statistical Research: $259,000 (NIH) for wastewater data integration and modeling to accurately predict community and organizational outbreaks due to viral pathogens
  • Brainsoft: $256,000 (NSF) for using brainwaves in virtual reality applications
  • Presaj: $256,000 (NSF) for combining machine learning with clinical expertise to assess and mitigate risk in healthcare
  • pxAlpha: $300,000 (NIH) for a therapeutic medical device to reduce the risk of brachytherapy and increase adoption
  • ETALYC: $963,000 (NSF) for information fusion-driven corridor-wide traffic signal re-timing (Phase II award)

To learn more about the SBIR/STTR program, click here.